What She Does: If you visited Artist Alley at Comicpalooza earlier this year then you can't have missed the amazing and oft-times adorable artwork of Jamie Kinosian. She shows up all over the place, wherever she can set up a spot to work, and crafts some really unbelievably cute watercolor commissions at the drop of a hat. Subjects span all across geekdom, from Star Trek: The Next Generation's Data with Spot to Link from The Legend of Zelda. If you need the perfect bit of pop-culture art, then Kinosian can make that happen.
She's also moving into developing her own comics. We can look forward to a new mini-series drawn by Kinosian and written by Meredith Nudo called Face the Music. It's an eight-issue miniseries about superhero gang warfare that mainly focuses on an awkward, depressed, and aimless man who joins up with this woman he's been pining for and winds up in a boundary dispute with another gang. "Things fall apart," said Nudo when asked about the series via email. "There's also an underlying story about a dead superheroine who used to help everyone maintain cover and how everyone is creeping closer to exposure now that she's dead. But it's told via offhand, not-very-detailed comments and background imagery. A little narrative treat for sharp-eyed fans."
Kinosian got her start doing art at a very early age. She surrounded herself with a small group of friends that also drew, and they all encouraged each other to get better and better. She found the idea that you could take something in your head and recreate it on paper very powerful. It became a constant obsession that kept her up through the night, and she's been doing it ever since.
Why She Likes It: "Being able to transfer my emotions into imagery to share and connect with others with it is very liberating to me. It's my way of showing how I feel about something and letting others understand. The social aspect is also exhilarating. I love connecting with other people that are so passionate about what they do."
What Inspires Her: It's not surprising from someone that spends so much of her artistic time connecting with people at conventions about what they would like, but Kinosian is as fascinated by the relationships between people. Her work is heavily centered on the ways people change and influence each other. Concept art from Japanese RPG video games has also been a big inspiration to her as far as the exact style she uses. Among artists she favors: Amanda Conner, Karl Kerschl, and Mike Wieringo, not to mention the growing number of local comic artists here in Houston that serve as a support group.
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If Not This, Than What: "Astrophysicist. Most creative types I knew hated math growing up, but they were always my favorite classes other than art. It was the only other thing I could fathom continuing to study. Then I took Astronomy in college, and it was the most inspiring and influential class I took. Afterwards I knew that it was what I would do if I wasn't so persistent in being an artist."
If Not Here, Then Where: Kinosian loves Houston and Texas in general, but she has a legitimate complaint... it's really big, No really, if you want to leave the state it can literally take more than a day's drive. This sometimes severely limits the options she has in attending conventions and other geek get-togethers some times. If she left Houston, it would be for the Northwest or Northeast because of the tighter clusters of cities.
What's Next: ". In addition to Face the Music Kinosian is also developing a webcomic of her own, Gods in New York, featuring the nymph of Central Park, Alex, and her good friend Kara. You can find teasers and the comic when it launches here.
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