We recently sat down with comic artist Jeff Baker, who currently offers a Creating Comics Workshop here at Visual Arts Brampton, to learn more about him and how he encourages creativity.
What is your favourite part of VAB?
VAB is a very welcoming place, and they really provide the student with the tools and knowledge they need to grow as an artist, regardless of a person's prior experience or skill level.
What is the best thing about your role at VAB?
I really love seeing the ways that kid's minds work as they put together stories and images. I've run comic workshops with adults too, but kids comics are always better and more creative.
What did you do before VAB?
I was a youth worker/pastor with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. I have a double major BA in Philosophy and Theology from Tyndale University College and Seminary.
What are your specialties?
I'm mostly self taught when it comes to comics, and I would just draw and imitate the comics I was reading as a kid, so as a lover of Golden Age comics I have a knack for drawing in the style of Jack Kirby, and since I was a kid in the 90's that crossed over and blended with the style of the Kubert brothers and Todd McFarlane. I'm very anatomy centered and have a good understanding of the way the muscles in the body work together.