Art for Hope Interview - Jacques Pena

Art for Hope

Jacques Pena is a full time Digital artist, providing work for such companies as Sony Online Entertainment, Harmonix, Neoscape Inc, Maxon and Autodesk.

Jacques is currently Senior Artist and one of the founding members of Fire Hose Games in Boston.

When I was presented with the project Art for Hope, it came at a time where I really had to remind myself, how much impact art really has on the world. One thing about working professionally, during production, especially when its months and months of continuous work, its easy to forget how helpful and how much a difference an artist can make, especially when its to helping a good cause. Everyone knows the tragedy in Japan, I wasn't going to say no. Even if I wasn't presented with the project, giving the opportunity I would of just volunteered.

My art piece "Love", went through many iterations. It was a product of regressing, until I actually found  something that hold as much meaning and power as the project itself.

Early iterationsIt had to be special, it had to hold visually and express the message of hope I wanted. It was a personal challenge, that I cared about so much, I didn't want to mess it up.

'Love' - Final version'Love' - work-in-progressI think its really hard to try and express how much meaning hope has. There were tons of meanings, going into the project, that I had to really try to give my interpretation. Looking at what is happening currently on earth, what views and politics I have encountered personally, and idels for the futures. I had to write a few sentences about the project, this was written before the final art. Its more then just a message of peace, its a way of looking at each day, and try to put a small foot print in making a positive difference. The Artwork fell in perfectly, after I actually got a chance to really sit back, and decide the meaning.

The project did change a few things for me. It helped me re-establish an ideal I once knew, during my painting and canvas days, creating something that helps the community and portrays a positive breakthrough to observers. Looking at my portfolio, and bodies work that were done in the past, I reflect now on the future of the imagery I produce, and try to fit in more, a key message, to the world.

My art is considerably a strong Abstract Perception of a subject. Its the chaos in abstraction, that drives my creativity. I'm a heavy Sci-Fi guy, everyone who knows my work, knows that. But, given that subject, there is more. Its not about a spaceship or robot for example. Its taking the key subject element, separating it from its original form, into more of a different way of thinking about the subject and attacking it artistically. Everything is open at that point, things can be seen in a new way.

Kinetica & BrokenI became an artist, cause that's my lineage. My father and mother are artist, it was always there growing up. My purpose was pretty much written from the start. From the earliest years that I can remember, art was always part of it. From middle school till college, I knew my path. My parents knew, with exceptional skill, Art will provide me with everything I need in life. Amazingly it has.


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Shanghai Event

As part of our mini-Asia tour, we are hosting a special event in Shanghai on March 27, 2012.  As luck would have it, C.B. Cebulski, SVP at Marvel, will be in town checking out local talent, so will be our guest of honor.  In addition to Chris Cheung & the SketchBook team, we will be joined by a number of designers and artists from the local Shanghai scene, so ample opportunity to get inspired and make new connections!

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C.B. Cebulski. 美著名的漫画家,其代表作为《Marvel Fairy Tales》系列漫画。 包括了《 X-Men Fairy Tales 》,《 SpiderMan – Fairy Tales 》等。现任神奇漫画(Marvel)公司资深副总裁,负责全球创新艺术家招募。


潘丽萍(阿梗)版画艺术家, 自由漫画师,插画师,中国美术家协会会员,广西艺术学院讲师,德国kubo艺术机构漫画课程客座讲师。 2002年作品入选第五届亚洲漫画高峰会原作展,2004年作品获东方国际原创动画漫画艺术大赛“最佳漫画造型奖”。代表作有:《尼泊尔人》,《踮脚张望的时光》等

黄嘉伟, 青年漫画家, 毕业于广州美术学院雕塑系,主要作品有《伢三》, 《致命的爱》, 《ZAYA》, 《倒悬的天空》等,其中《伢三》、《ZAYA》等作品已在法国出版。

黎明,毕业于广州美术学院,广州美术学院动漫系外聘讲师,Wacom 专家委员会成员,广州奇妙文化活动策划有限公司创作总监。2010 年入选创意中国网中国Top100 插画师。

Kyle Runciman. Autodesk概念设计师和插画师,主要负责SketchBook产品的前期概念设计。 Kyle是一位隐藏在幕后的艺术家,大多数SketchBook的官方演示视频以及绘画作品均出自Kyle之手。

诸海波,前职业模特,24年的绘画经历,10年的数码绘画经验,精通各种数码移动设备的绘画,擅长Lifestyle类型的时尚插画。中国美术学院上海设计学院培训中心特聘讲师,个人著作:《无敌手绘工场》,《自说自画——Photoshop CS2电脑绘画技法》。曾获得2011 Macworld Asia 苹果达人大赛特别大奖(iPad绘画)。

Chris Cheung (張以行), Autodesk SketchBook全球资深产品经理,从业15年,主要产品包括Autodesk Alias Studio, Autodesk SketchBook等。Chris是SketchBook产品创新的领导者,带领SketchBook团队将产品推向移动平台并取得巨大成功。就在前不久,Chris受邀在Apple 新的iPad发布会上演示了新一代的矢量绘图软件SketchBook Ink。

Special thanks to Wacom for their support with this event!



Hong Kong Calling

Celebrate creativity!

As seen in HK MagazineSketchBook team 將於3月23號登陸本港!
The SketchBook team will visiting Hong Kong on March 23rd. 

Autodesk® SketchBook® is hosting an ART JAM® crossover event at artjamming™ in Central.

Chris Cheung, SketchBook Product Line Manager, recently seen at Apple's March 7 Keynote, will be hosting the event with his team, including members from both the Toronto and Shanghai offices.

Guests can join one of our 2 ART JAM® sessions 4-6pm or 7-9pm... paint traditionally or bring SketchBook Pro your own iPad  or mobile device!  

Don't miss this Digital meets Acrylic experience!

This is an invitation-only event!  To inquire, email us at

artjammingTM SketchBook將於3月匯聚香港舉行 ART JAM® crossover event at artjammingTM in Central. 與众位嘉宾共同創作跨越媒介與國界皆繪畫藝術。
近期於Apple 3月發布會上演示全新數碼繪畫軟件“SketchBook INK”AKA SketchBook產品經理Chris Cheung 張以行先生, 將帶領其團隊成員從多倫多到訪上海。

受邀請嘉賓可以參與我地其中皆一個ART JAM®環節。當中你可以選擇傳統繪畫又或者使用個人配有SketchBook Pro皆電子器材創作出屬於你皆風格!




SketchBook on SPACE

SPACE, Canada's official TV Network for Space, posted a great story on their blog...'The future of a quick sketch?'.

The video footage was taken during the SketchBook Toronto Event on March 3, 2012 and features Skottie Young , Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Francis Manapul, and our own Thomas Heermann.

Check it out!


Version 2.4 for iPad

SketchBook Pro... 

Optimized for new iPad, update NOW AVAILABLE.

✓ Fixes to brush lag (performance)
✓ Fixes to crashes when importing images from the Gallery
✓ Fixed the alignment issue with Flood Fill

Thank you to all the customer who have provided us with feedback.

Sketchbook Pro optimisé pour nouvel l'iPad.

✓ Des corrections pour le délai lié aux pinceaux.
✓ Des corrections pour une bogue faisant planter l'application lors de l'importation d'images à partir de la galerie.
✓ Des corrections pour l'alignement des outils de remplissage.  

Merci à tout les utilisateurs qui nous ont informé et aidé à ressoude ces problèmes.

这次更新提高了SketchBook Pro在new iPad上的运行效率. 

✓ 提高笔迹刷新速度
✓ 解决从图库导入图片时程序的非正常退出
✓ 解决了填充效果不一致的问题
SketchBook Proは、新しいiPad用に最適化され、利用できるようになりました。


 SketchBook Pro 2.4 optimizado para el nuevo iPad

✓ Corrección de la ralentización del pincel
✓ Corrección de cierres inesperados al importar imágenes desde la galería.
✓ Corrección del problema de alineamiento en la herramienta relleno

Gracias a todos los usuarios que nos han proporcionado información, ayudándonos a resolver los problemas.

 SketchBook Pro 2.4, optimiert für das neue iPad.

✓ Behoben: Verzögerte Reaktion beim Malen (Performanz)
✓ Behoben: Abstürzen der App beim Import von Fotos aus der Galerie
✓ Behoben: Genauigkeitsprobleme beim Füllen-Werkzeug 

Vielen Dank an alle Nutzer, die mit ihrem Feedback zur Lösung dieser Probleme beigetragen haben. 

SketchBook Pro는 새로운 iPad에 최적화되어, 현재 사용 가능합니다.  

✓ 브러시 지연 (퍼포먼스) 문제의 수정
✓갤러리에서 이미지를 임포트할 때 어플리가 충돌하는 문제의 수정
✓ 채우기와의 정렬 문제 수정  

의견을 제공하여 주셔서 문제를 해결하는 데 도움이 되어 주신 모든 분들께 감사드립니다.
SketchBook Pro ottimizzato per il nuovo iPad, l’aggiornamento è ORA DISPONIBILE.

✓ Risolve i problemi delle pennellata (performance)
✓ Risolve i problemi di blocco durante l’importazione di immagini dalla Galleria
✓ Risolto il problema di allineamento con Flood Fill

Ringraziamo tutti i clienti che ci hanno inviato il loro feedback.