Comic Book Artist Phil Jimenez Photographed for "The Artist Within: Book 2"

Happy Birthday to Amazing Comic Book Artist/ Illustrator Phil Jimenez, July 12!

Hey Gooood Morning! Happy Sunday, it's July 12th! How are you all doing? I hope hanging in there, crazy times indeed! Just wanted to take a moment to wish Comic Book Artist/ Illustrator Phil Jimenez a Happy Birthday! Of course if you are into comics you know this man's work, if not, well here you go:

"Phil Jimenez is a comic book writer /artist and character designer born and raised in Los Angeles, California who moved to New York City to attend college at the School of Visual Arts. He began working at DC Comics when he was 21"

"He is best known for his work as writer/artist on "Tempest" and "Wonder Woman;" his pencilling work on crossover events like "Infinite Crisis;" "JLA/Titans;" "Planetary/Authority;" and his collaborations with writer Grant Morrison on "The Invisibles" and "New X-Men." In 2005 he produced a creator owned multi-genre limited series, "Otherworld," which was published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint. He is known for his realistic and richly detailed art style, having worked in comics, as a commercial story-boarder, public murals, exhibitions for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, and on various films, including "Spider-Man." Jimenez has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, the Washington Post, Out, the Advocate, Genre, named one of Instinct Magazine's 25 Men of the Year (2006) and was featured on the PBS documentary show "In the Life." His more recent work includes "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, and he teaches his own drawing class at his former alma matter, SVA."-The Artist Within: Book 2"

This is a great quote from Phil,:

"I am, perhaps tragically, an artist that needs to "connect" with my work on some emotional level to sustain my long term interest in it. I wish it were different -- I'm awed by those who can transcend such a need and be fiscally smart about their artistic choices, and think about their careers in the long term -- but I'm not. If I don't fall in love with a character or a storyline that I'm working on, it's almost impossible for me to generate work on a regular basis, no matter how late my deadline...or how low my checking account.

Also, as I've gotten older, I've come to realize that my process really was cemented in my first years of freelancing: my best work comes in the late afternoon and evening; I do my best work in the beginning of the week, especially if I work on Sundays; I work best with hard pencils and smooth paper; and it can take me four days of research for a panel that will take me 40 minutes to draw. Unfortunately, as I've gotten older, and my world has grown larger, I've found it more and more difficult to reconcile my process with the rest of my life. It's a constant battle -- since so many parts of my world inform the others -- and one I have no idea how to stop fighting (or if such a thing is ever even possible!)".

I was lucky enough to have the chance to make a portrait of Phil in his NYC home studio for my 2nd book, "The Artist Within: Book 2", here's that shot. -

"The Artist Within: Book 2"

Happy Birthday Phil!

art © Phil Jimenez

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Happy Birthday to Amazing Comic Book Artist/ Illustrator Phil Jimenez, July 12! Part 2