Like many creators these days, Jeaux Janovsky is a man who dons a lot of hats. Animator, Illustrator, Artist… His work is a labor of love and his passion comes through in all of it. You’ve probably seen his work, but it’s likely that you don’t know it—Janovsky has worked with the likes of Mattel, Disney, and Frederator Studios, to name a few. At any given time, this multi-talented creator is juggling projects that span genres and scope—from freelance gigs to collaborations with writers and other artists and of course, his personal passion projects.  Jeaux was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and share some of his work exclusively with us; he also talked to us about his passion, his motivation, and what inspires him. Take a look.
Jeaux Janovsky in the bear suit

How long have you been drawing, and how did you get started?
It’s almost like I was born with a drawing utensil in one hand, sketchbook in the other right out the womb. It’s always been with me for as long as I can remember. A friend of mine is quoted as saying, “Jeaux draws like normal people breath: constantly and effortlessly.” This is very true. It’s in my blood.

Conan by Jeaux JanovskyAside from your All My Heroes blog, you make pretty liberal use of tumblr with Lumber, Tumblrtoons, Film Shark, and Daily Doh – what is it about that platform that appeals to you?
Tumblr’s rad! It’s easy to use, easy to update, easy to keep track of your audience and even easier to directly communicate with them! It’s better than maintaining a proper website these days. God bless David Karp. Tumblr’s office were in the same office as my former boss’, Fred Seibert of Frederator (producer of the hit Adventure Time on Cartoon Network), back when I was living in New York so that’s how I found out about them. Now 5 years later, they’re huge!

You’ve done work for some well-known brands, such as Disney and Mattel – do you have a preference between freelance, working for a company, or doing your own projects?
There’s nothing that compares to the happiness of doing one’s own project, but each of those have their own set of perks. Freelance is cool cause it helps pay the bills and sometimes can be very fun being part of a cool project. Unless there are too many cooks in the kitchen, then it gets kinda annoying. Working for a company is rad cause you pay the bills, get this amazing thing called health insurance, and meet a ton of cool peeps there. Usually there you get the chance to work on multiple fun & cool projects. Doing one’s own thing gets you ultimate happiness and ultimate ownership of your fun & cool project! Downside is no health insurance, and more than likely, it may not help you pay the bills… but whatevs! It’s all for the LOVE baby, L-O-V-E! Less than 3! <3

What inspires you?
Life & Tumblr inspire me! Really! Check it out!
1) http://lumber.tumblr.com/post/14948594315/god-sends-us-despair-not-to-kill-us-he-sends-it
2) http://lumber.tumblr.com/post/14717008924/whithertford-new-whit
3) http://lumber.tumblr.com/post/14716075799
4) http://lumber.tumblr.com/post/14270767148
5) http://lumber.tumblr.com/post/14216932497

Life is totally inspiring. I always bring sketchbooks with me everywhere I go, and constantly keep multiple sketchbooks going at the same time. You never know what you might see, catch, or what tidbit of a conversation you might overhear. Life and anything and everything eventually crawls its way into my sketchbook.

Ralph Bakshi by Jeaux Janovsky

Is there anyone you’d like to work with but haven’t had the chance yet? If so, who?
As a cartoonist and animator, it’d be a dream to work and collaborate with one of my cartoon heroes, Ralph Bakshi. He’s a true DIY original. Last year I sent him an illustration I did of him for his birthday, and til this day he’s still got it up as his personal Facebook profile pic! I also recently, somehow, managed to get interviewed about him by CNN! It would be an honor to work for him or to be mentored by him someday.

Of all your personal projects, do you have a favorite?
I’ve got so many to choose from, so I’ll just stick to the one that popped in my mind first: Samurai Nanny! The World’s Greatest (and Only) Samurai Babysitter. Many execs and cartoon companies, like Cartoon Network, Disney & Nickelodeon, have expressed interest in Sam Nan. But the pitching process is so tiring, and it sucks to have to go on with an unfulfilled idea… so I’ve been toying w/ returning to the original storyline and producing it as a comic book/graphic novel!

Here’s something I haven’t shown anyone, save for a few cartoon development execs, a great Samurai Nanny animated promo by an equally great animator (and good friend) Avi Tuchman! Avi co-wrote, co-directed, and animated this promo as a pitch accompaniment for yours truly. Terrific music by Brian Barrale, and sfx by Michael Schmidt. Chubstr readers saw it here first!

Epilogue graphic novel What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on a a very cool Ipad/Ipod hybrid video game/toy freelance project I can’t talk very much about… but I have a feeling it’s gonna be huge! I’m doing lead character design work on it, so that’s pretty rad! I can tell you about things in the pipeline, however! Working on 2 comics projects entirely different from one another. One’s a webcomic called Animal Sounds that I’m working on with my pal Liz Ohanesian, a writer for the LA Weekly. The other will be a graphic Novel I’m creating w/ my friend Daniel Levitch of Ancient Squid Media, called Epilogue. Epilogue is gonna be about post apocalyptic roaches!

Is it possible for anyone interested to purchase your work?
Sure! I am also available for freelance illustration and animation work. Here’s a link to my online portfolio and my animation reel. You can reach me at jeauxj (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions, commissions, freelance offers, or for love advice. (Tho, that’s extra.)

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Too numerous to mention. For now, I’ll say my mentor during my time at Calarts, the great Corny Cole. His words of advice? to just, “Draw, Godammit!!!” Thank you Corny, Always & RIP.

See more photos and artwork by Jeaux Janovsky on the Chubstr Facebook Page!

Images courtesy of Jeaux Janovsky. Samurai Nanny video courtesy of Jeaux Janovsky and Avi Tuchman

Share this
11 comments
geminicalli
geminicalli

These Converse Jack Purcell Twill Sneakers would be so easy for my fiance to wear, no matching to outfits required!

Trackbacks

  1. […] our East Dane giveaway from last week? It’s over and we’ve chosen the winners! Congrats to Raymond, Erin, […]

anthonymg Same here. Sizes run the spectrum since they're not universal, so sometimes a 42 fits and sometimes a 46 fits. I feel you on being on the line - you can't go to a lot of the mainstream stores and find what you're looking for, but you also can't find the styles you want at B&T unless you really search. Have you checked out Nordstrom.com or Macys.com? Both offer sizes to something like 60 waist and 5X shirts with styles from well known brands. I've been really happy with what I'm finding at those places. Hope this helps!
Chubstr
Chubstr,  I find that Sizes vs fitment to be wide open when it comes to clothes for my body type.  I am 6'3" 320lbs  Which for my style ends up being a 40"x32" waist slim fit,low rise jean and anything from a 2XLT to a 4X depending on the cut of the shirt.  See the problem a guy like me has is what I call the "in-betweener"  I can't shop at most normal stores because everything is "FAT man in a little shirt" and then stepping into a Big and tall store (read: Conservative and Frumpy) and I'm the guy that is now tall enough, but not wide enough. Destination XL has done a good job re-branding themselves with more fashionable clothes, but they still are not fashion forward enough for me.
anthonymg
anthonymg Thanks for the comment Anthony! If you can tell us what your sizes are, we can point you in the right direction. We definitely try to feature clothing in sizes as large as we can find them available, but sometimes they are difficult to find. You'll see a lot of options on the site that go to 5X or 6X. This particular post is a reader photo submission, so this guy has shared specifically what he's wearing and where he got it, which isn't always available in every size. Since it's a reader photo submission, the clothing is based on the size of the gent in the photo. Hope this helps! Check out our resources section and feel free to tell us your sizes and what specifically you're looking for and we'll help you out. Thanks for checking out Chubstr!
Chubstr
Werd!  6'3" 320lbs seems to be to big for most of the fashion that I am finding here.  To big, yet to small for "Big and Tall"
anthonymg
You are an absolute hottie!
MelanieStragandReynolds

CONNECT WITH US