Read on to learn more about me, my history with art, my experience, and some of my hobbies.
Who is Jake Hoisington?
Sometimes, to tell you the truth... I don't really know? This is because I feel that I am constantly evolving. What I can tell you is that I am kind of quiet and observational but once
I open up I am pretty fun to be around. I've been described as intelligent, a jack of all trades,
a pessimist (I prefer realist,) a life-saver, and a perfectionist.
I like comics, music, movies, video games, animals, and a few other things I'm sure.
This is a random assortment of photos taken of me over the years. Some are of me doing things that I like, some are of events, some are of me goofing off, and some are just plain embarrassing. Please feel free to take a look through these photos and get to know me a
Hello, I'm Jake Hoisington.
This is what I look like most of the time.
My first birthday.
I guess that I've always had a thing for neck ties.
I've always had a love of movies.
This is me opening the Game of Jaws in the early 80's.
I've always liked the snow. Every year I eagerly await winter,
so I can grab my snowboard and hit the slopes.
I've been playing drums in bands since the age of 10.
This photo was taken at the Sapphire nightclub.
My school photo from 1st or 2nd grade.
I've never really been one to smile in photographs.
5th grade. This might be my only school picture with a smile.
My mullet appeared around this time and lingered for a couple of years.
The Batman t-shirt in this photo almost makes up for the mullet...
On the school bus in 7th grade (I think) rocking my mullet
and a Guns N' Roses shirt.
I believe that this school photo is my
freshman year of high school.
On the school bus listening to some music. - 1994 or 1995
What am I listening to..? Bad Religion or Pennywise most likely.
11th grade... I think.
My hair, by this time, was around 36" inches long.
My embarrassing graduation photo.
What's up with the "s" curl?
I love video games!
Here I am playing the classic video game, Dig Dug.
All dressed up and terribly under prepared for the Tough Mudder.
Visit my awards page for more photos of me at the event.
Infuriated by my Spider-Man shirt, the evil Doctor Doom
confronts me at Universal Studios! - 2003
My favorite animal.
Cole, my cat, has been with me for many years now.
I love animals. One of my old roommates had a python, named Venom.
NOTE: No animals were harmed during the taking of this photograph.
Goofing off in Florida. - 1997
NOTE: No animals were harmed during the taking of this photograph.
In the late 90's, my hair featured many dyed or shaved designs. This particular design featured the word Spawn and a skull.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
This photo of me, with skull face painting, was taken in 2000.
The blur in this photo wasn't intentional. I was actually
brushing cat hair off of my shirt.
I've always enjoyed swimming and prefer pools to the ocean.
This picture was actually taken three blocks from the beach. - 1987
Swimming in a pool, in Florida. - 1997
This photo was taken with an underwater camera.
Riding on the ferry from one island to the next
in the Outer Banks, NC.
My first photo shoot. - 1979
Wow, I was a fat baby..!
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I have had a passion for art my entire life.
My passion for art started at a very young age. I was introduced to the art world, primarily through comic book illustration. Before I knew it, I was trying to reproduce illustrations of comic super heroes before I was old enough to even read the words on the page. Comic book art was where it all began and has remained a major hobby and interest ever since. Some of my illustrations can be seen on my illustrations & stuff page.
early art (1981-early 90's)
My Uncle Mike introduced me to comics and illustration at a very young age. In the first photo, I can be seen doodling on a notepad at my second birthday party (note the Spider-Man logo on the paper tablecloth in the bottom of the image.) This photo is followed by a collection of illustrations that are some of my earliest that I can find.
This is me, doodling on a notepad, at my second birthday party.
Early Doodle - Could it be my first Batman illustration?
Located on the same page... Could this "finned" car be the Batmobile?
Marvel's Spider-Man (middle school years)
Marvel's Scarlet Spider (middle school years)
Marvel's Ghost Rider (middle school years)
Marvel's Hawkeye (middle school years)
Diva from the superhero team Stormwatch (middle school years)
The Grim Reaper (middle school years)
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All types of art for all types of reasons.
I have taken on any art job, task, or assignment thrown at me and therefore my background in art is extremely diverse. Recently, I've designed and art directed websites, apps, videos, animations, and printed materials for an advertising agency, some of which has won awards. Before that, I was an animation supervisor, rotoscope artist and character designer on an independent film. Around the same time, I also created graphics for a TV company in New York; graphics and animations for a pilot Travel Channel series; and an animation used in a pitch to the Life is Good® company. I have designed logos for companies, school initiatives, web properties, and have even created a logo that was poured in colored concrete in front of an office building. I've designed tattoos for friends, friends of friends, and flash art (this is the art that hangs on the walls in a tattoo shop.) I have created logos for bands and album covers for their CD's, cassette tapes, and 7" records. I once did caricatures, at a fair, to raise money for a school. I have inked comic pages and even attempted to start my own comic book publishing company.
Some brands that I've worked on.
I have been an art director and designer across multiple brands for a variety of clients. Some
of these include Pfizer, Astellas, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GSK, Wyeth, MERZ, Actelion, Adolor,
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Cangene, Meridian Bioscience, Vanda, Cephalon, Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins (a division of Wolter Kluwer Health,) and Roska Ideas, among others.
Work for many of the brands listed above can be found sprinkled throughout my portfolio.
While I've contributed to all client work listed above in some capacity, some of these clients
fell to me specifically.
Some of the details.
For a couple of years, I was the senior art director Pfizer (originally Wyeth) business at my agency. The brand that I worked on was Prevnar 13® (and Prevenar 13®—their global brand.) Being the digital agency of record for this brand, you will see quite a bit of Prevnar 13® digital work in my portfolio. Some of this work includes websites; Flash content; and a couple of iPhone apps that I designed, animated, and/or developed.
I was also the senior art director for the company MERZ. Our MERZ business was comprised of two brands, XEOMIN® and later Cuvposa.® The types of work that I did for these brands varied from print pieces, to app design, video work, the design of a base for a plastic 3D model, and most notably an Adobe DPS app. According to Adobe, this DPS app was the first pharmaceutical app done in the United States.
Another company that fell under my direction was Cumberland Pharmaceuticals. As art director for Cumberland I was responsible for three brands: Caldolor,® Acetadote,® and Kristalose.® My work on these brands consisted of the look and feel
for the brands, websites, microsites, video work, and print pieces. Some Caldolor and Acetadote samples can be seen on my
web & print design page.
My work in the freelance world.
I have been an art director, a designer, an animator, a character designer, and brand designer, on various freelance projects for: Life is Good®, Travel Channel, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Ridgewood TV, Reel Stuff Entertainment, Atlantic Coast Productions, Kulp Car Rental, Storiboard Studios, and Richard E. Strayer Middle School, among others.
What I love about freelance work is its diversity. I have learned so much over the years through my freelance work and the challenges that it presents. While freelance work is scattered; sometimes it is done for friends or family; sometimes its pro bono; or sometimes the payment simply never arrives... I have never regretted doing the work and value what each project has taught me. Samples of this work can be seen throughout my portfolio.
While working in the profession, I have been fortunate in that I have been able to work with some fun, talented, and overall outstanding people.
Optimus Hoisington in the office.
Halloween - 2011
From left to Right: Andrea Evans, Larry Rappoport, and Me.
A photo taken for PM360 award article.
From left to right: Alison Horner, Me, and Joe Vitale
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I would estimate that I own over 12,000 comics. This is a collection that I have amassed over the past thirty years of my life. I also own a sizable collection of original artwork and sketches from the many artists that I have met over the years. I have attended many comic conventions in my life. In doing so, I have met some of the biggest names in the industry including; the great Stan Lee, and my idol Todd McFarlane, who signed my leg which is now a permanent tattoo. I have also had my own booth at a comic convention in the past, where I displayed my artwork and projects.
I have a true passion for illustration. I love to do it in my spare time and I find myself sketching on any paper I can find. I hate to waste paper so most of my illustrations have been done on scrap paper, bad print-outs from the office printer, bar and diner placemats, lined notepaper, or index cards. I also collect drawing and illustration books, with a collection of over 200. I find that every book I buy on the subject teaches me something new. The day that I purchase a drawing book that doesn't add to my skill set, might be the day that I stop buying them... maybe. :) Some of my illustrations can be found on my illustrations & stuff page.
I have been a drummer for over thirty-years. Around of the age of 10, I began playing in local bands. My early bands were mainly cover bands, playing popular heavy metal music with a few original songs mixed in. Later, I joined (or helped form) some fairly popular bands in my area. With these bands, I played a variety of music including: heavy metal, death metal, punk, ska, and rock. During that time, I played over a 100 shows in 8 states and have met some of the best friends I will ever have.
Regrettably, I haven't played drums as often over the last couple of years (mainly due
to a lack of space for a drum set) but I can't wait to get back into it. I WILL BE A DRUMMER UNTIL I DIE!
Another skill that I have acquired over the years is that I can compose and create digital music. One sample of this can be heard accompanying my Dr. Jones animation on my animation & games page.
PS. I can also sing and play guitar... a little.
I am an avid snowboarder. I was reintroduced to the sport about 4 years ago (after a 15-year hiatus) and am now obsessed. On winter weekends you will find me somewhere on a mountain. I've snowboarded all over Pennsylvania, in Vermont, in New York, and in Utah. To some, I've been nicknamed "the Ghost Rider" because of my all-black outfit and my skull-print face mask. Recently, I bought a GoPro and have been playing around with some snowboarding footage. Some of this footage will added to this site soon.
I am a huge fan of film. I own over 1,000 DVD's/Blu-Ray discs. For being a student of film,
I am a pretty easy critic when it comes to movies. For example, I can overlook flaws in
a story if it is filmed well, or poor acting if the story is good, or sometimes a well scored
film can hide many of its flaws, etc. I enjoy all genres (for the most part) and love movies
in the theater or at home.
My somewhat awkward photo with Stan Lee. - 2012
Stan Lee signing some of my stuff.
Todd McFarlane signing my leg (which features Spawn tattoos.) - 2011
The signature. - 2011
Getting the tattoo. - 2011
Getting the tattoo. - 2011
Tattoo complete. - 2011
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Seeing as this is the "about" section of
my site, I have collected some of the "self-portraits that I have done over the years. Some of the illustrations collected here were assigned art projects, while others were done just for fun. Each
"self-portrait" is a reflection of my interests or part of my personality.
Self-portrait pencil illustration. - 2006
Me as a robot pencil illustration. - 2006
Me as some sort of a Norse samurai combo. - 2006
A pencil illustration of me as a fresh zombie. - 2006
A pencil illustration of me as an office zombie. - 2010
A pencil illustration of me as an office zombie. (digital color) - 2010
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Music has been a major part of my life since I was very young. I have been playing drums for over
thirty-years, have been in quite a few bands, can sing a bit, and can compose music digitally. See some photos of my life with music below.
Sitting outside waiting for the band to show up. - 1992
Sitting at the drums in the school jazz band. - 1993
Drumming at the Sapphire Nightclub. - 1997
Figure Head, Inc. playing at the Sapphire Nightclub. - 1997
Drumming at a veteran's benefit show. - 1998
Figure Head, Inc. playing at the veteran's benefit show. - 1998
A super-rare karaoke appearance with some friends. - 2003
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I recently bought a GoPro and have recorded quite a bit of snowboarding footage. I hope to find time and edit it together soon just for fun.
snowboarding, filming, and editing
Thank you for visiting this page. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.