Randy Jones
I was born on the family potato farm in the Great White North (Canada), I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories was watching Koko the clown being drawn and destroying Max Fleischer's studio from the " Out of the Inkwell " series. I was fascinated and terrified at the same time. It was the first time I saw the magic of illustration and that anything was possible on the drawing board. Some other influences came from the old Disney movies, comics, tattered old children's books to a hilariously dull John Nagy drawing set my parents bought me. I wanted to draw more than wheat sheaf's and covered bridges. I attended the H.B. Beal Technical school in London Ontario which was a big city school that also happened to have an excellent art program. Upon graduation, I immediately moved to Toronto. My first illustration job was Goethe's Faust, for the University of Toronto Press. I loved classical illustration and children's books. Between those projects, I started getting editorial illustration jobs, working for literally all the major Canadian newspapers and periodicals. I lived downtown where there was a thriving art Community. After 4 years , I caught the New York bug, and I was invited to share a studio space with other Canadian artist's. It was just off the Bowery, near CBGB's. It was an exciting downtown scene. I quickly got work at the New York Times Magazine, and was soon in the other sections . My work appeared in many other major publications, including Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time , Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, United Features, Inx.Syndicate,Washington Post, Cambridge University Press, Condi-Nast Publications, MTV, Playboy, National Lampoon, etc.) Aside from editorial, I love sculpting and painting. My artist wife, Susann and I eventually moved to an apartment on Tompkins Square Park , during the infamous police vs homeless riots. (No, we did not cause them.) The area is so safe now that everybody wants to move here. The only problem are the Tompkins Square squirrels that attack Susann's potted plants outside. Miss Moo, our Applehead Siamese cat, just stares at them through the window
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