Director, Animator, Illustrator and Virtual Reality Artist Jake Rowell photographed for "The Artist Within: Book 2"

April 15th, Happy Birthday to Director, Animator, Illustrator and Virtual Reality Artist Jake Rowell!

April 15th, already, what? Former tax due day, But not this year! Yay!

But, we are still celebrating my friend, Artist Jake Rowell's Birthday Today! Yep! Jake is a Director, Animator, Illustrator and Virtual Reality Artist, and for over 25 years Jake has "worked in the entertainment industry for various studios, creating illustrations, visual effects and animation art with the primary focus of pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling and technology.

"He began his professional career in video games creating art for Final Fantasy IX. Jake then moved into film working on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and the "Animatrix," where he played a key role in creating some of the first digital humans in film".

Jake’s art would lead to a role working on one of the premier comic icons, creating the digital version of "the Man of Steel" in "Superman Returns". Later, as the Art Director on Tezuka’s Astroboy, he helped bring one of manga’s biggest stars to the movie screen. After a decade in film, he returned to games to help craft the iconic characters and "cinematics" for the hit franchise, Call of Duty."

Recently he’s been experimenting with virtual reality, directing & producing the award winning series, theBlu. His work in the new medium helped inspire film director Jon Favreau to create his own VR project, Gnomes and Goblins, with Jake as the Creative Director & Executive Producer."

If you haven't had a chance to check out Jake's VR work yet, here is a small sample,

I was honored to include this portrait of Jake, photographed in his studio, in "The Artist Within: Book 2"

You can see more portraits from the project here:

and you can order copies of both books from the Sideshow Collectables website:

Happy Birthday Jake!

art ©Jake Jake L Rowell