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Rising Stars: Meet Jessica Cosmicninja Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Cosmicninja Jones.

Hi Jessica, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I’d always be doing creative things with my mother and sisters. I come from a family of artists so it’s kind of in my blood. In high school, I was in drama and I continued to draw. Once I went to college to study Aerospace Engineering, I decided I wanted to do art for real, for real and transferred to Columbia College in Chicago. Studied toy design and animation and although I’m an illustrator now, that was sort of my foundation. I also worked as a tattoo artist for some time before dedicating all my time to illustrating.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has certainly not been the smoothest road, in fact it’s been turbulent than I ever imagined but I’ve learned to fly. Most of my struggles initially were just balancing making money while being an artist. This is what sort of led to me tattooing and ultimately illustrating. My mother also passed just two years ago and she was and still is my main inspiration outside of my daughter and just pure love for expression. Also, imposters syndrome has tried to take me out of the game a few times!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m an illustrator for children’s books. I also do some design work and one offs for clients too. I specialize in graphic art, meaning I do most of my work digitally. I’m known for my style for sure. I’ve had people see my work and immediately know it was me from the linework to the colors. I’m most proud of all the books I’ve done in such a short amount of time. What sets me apart from others is my ability to make you feel what I feel through colors and vibe.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that nothing can replace practice. This is what we all learn but don’t want to accept and it’s the real deal Holyfield. Another lesson is that everyday you can, do…and if you can’t it’s alright. No stress, but don’t lose sight.

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