Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jim Hunt - Cartoonist Survey #219

Cartoonist and illustrator Jim Hunt grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and attended the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. His first published cartoon, an editorial cartoon for The Charlotte Post, was in 1989 and Jim has been free-lancing ever since. His award-winning editorial cartoons have been reprinted in The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Times. This marks the 7th year in a row that his cartoons are published in the “Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year”. In addition to political cartoons his work includes: caricatures, illustrations for magazines, books and greeting cards, comic strips, logo designs, cartoon maps and much more. Some of the clients Jim has done work for include MAD Magazine, Hershey’s, NASA, Carolina Panthers, Boston Bruins, Western Union, Kmart, MSNBC and NASCAR. Even though he now lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife and two daughters, he is still a huge fan of my beloved Red Sox and has created artwork for a great charity, Kevin Youkilis’ Hits for Kids. To see much more of Jim’s work visit his Jim Hunt Illustration website.

What is your favorite pen to use?
Paper Mate Flair.

Do you draw in pencil first and if so do you use a standard pencil or a mechanical one?

Do you do your coloring by hand or on the computer?

If you do your coloring by hand, what do you use?

What type of paper do you use?

What thing(s) do you hate to draw?
Bad cartoons.

Do you buy your supplies from big chain art store catalogues/websites or a local one that you physically go to?

Are there any rituals that you do before starting to draw?
Have breakfast.

Do you listen to music while you draw and if so what genre?
All types of music.

Did you read comics as a kid and if so what was your favorite?
MAD magazine.

What is or was your favorite comic strip?
Calvin & Hobbes.

What was your favorite book as a child and do you still own a copy of it?
No favorite.

Did you have any formal art training and if so where did you receive it?
Mass College of Art.

Do you feel that the Internet is a blessing or a curse?

Did either of your parents draw?

Who in your life is/was the most supportive of your art?
My wife.

Do you keep a sketchbook?

Have you ever taught cartooning/drawing and if so did you enjoy the experience?

Do you feel that talent or passion is more important in drawing?

Do you collect anything and if so what?
Vintage Cartooning Kits.

If you were an animated cartoon character who do you think you would be?
Wile E. Coyote.

Are you a righty or lefty?

If you weren't an artist what would you want to do for work?
Hubble Telescope tester!

In one or two sentences describe your drawing area.
A large drawing table in my home office.

Do you play any musical instruments?

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to pursue drawing as a career what would it be?

Who is your favorite artist?
Mort Drucker (MAD).

Thanks Jim.


Bill White said...

I have no familiarity with this guy, but these are the kind of answers to this survey I dislike. If you are a cartoonist taking this survey, give more than "yup" , "nope" answers. Be proud of your art and your craft, for cryin' out loud! And have enough respect for the young cartoonists reading this blog hoping to learn something to give more answers with some thought behind them.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I agree with you Mr. White. It is exactly what it is..a survey. Not sure this was a survey that requires one to give answers in which to teach young up and comers. As for being proud? Just look at Mr. Hunts works, and pride is absorbed into each and every cartoon he's done. Ones passion doesn't need to be expressed with paragraphs of words..unless of course he's a writer.