hello Leela!

I'm Jess, a commercial artist and freelance illustrator based in Austin. I do illustration and ideation for kids, businesses and brands and work in a wide range of styles and media, based on my clients' needs. I pulled together a variety of subjects and sketching styles that I think would be most relevant for a live-draw below. I hope you enjoy! You can also see more of my daily drawings on Instagram > 

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Prior to becoming a full-time illustrator I worked in advertising for 8 years. I have both agency and client-side experience in strategy, creative and content development for accounts like Subway Restaurants, HP, Coca-Cola, Dentyne and Hanes. I don't have direct live-drawing experience at events, but I do have live-drawing experience in a classroom environment (I held a fashion illustration lab for sophomores at the University of Texas for two years). I also managed the content and event programs for Subway at SXSW 2014 and an initiative called "Glass Is Life" in collaboration with The Fader at SXSW 2015. You can see more of my brand experience on LinkedIn >



I host a weekly vlog cataloging the ins and outs of building an illustration business in real time. Launched in September, this was a way for me to build my own creative network and to develop illustration workshops, tools and processes along the way.


I also make a series of "watch me paint" videos that take people through a step-by-step of my illustration process. 

You can see more on my YouTube Channel >