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Jake Shepherd

illustration of Character concept for an animated story.
Street cleaner. Pigeon. City. Comic book. Cartoon. Motion. Graphic. Hi Vis. Bald. Hero. Colour. Rooftop. View.

Hero. London. Worker. Cityscape. Animation. UK.
Humour. Comedy.
illustration of A keyframe from an animation created for Whitehall Historic House in Cheam UK. It was drawn with pencil and charcoal. Museum. Motion. Stone Age. Prehistoric. Graphic.

Rock. Cave man. Dinosaur. Forest. Flint. Tool. Spear. Fire. Campfire.
illustration of Character study created in Photoshop. 
Graphic. Colour. Comic Book. Cartoon. Motion.

Historical. Retro. Animation. Humour. Los Angeles. Noir. Americana. City. American. Tough.
Hats. Suits. Palm tree. Smoking.
animation of Animation exercise based on a sequence from,
illustration of Illustration created for a giant snakes and ladders board at the National civil War Centre in Newark UK. The linework is based on a pencil drawing. Colour was added in Photoshop.


Cavalier. Hat. Gloves. Boots. Beard. History.
animation of This is the animation which is on display at Whitehall Historic House in Cheam UK. It was created by scanning and manipulating drawings in After Effects.


King. History. Britain. Throne. Stone Age. Medieval. Landscape. Vikings. Jutes. Celts. Picts. Monks. Castle. Battle. Warfare. Pottery. Domesday Book. Sheep. Dinosaur.
illustration of Street cleaner character design. This image was developed from an acrylic painting that was scanned into Photoshop. Though little of this painting remains in the finished work it created a strong basis to work from.


Worker. Hi vis. Cigarette. Steet. Noir. Hero. Fight.
Bald. Urban. City.
illustration of This is a keyframe drawn up for an animation displayed at Whitehall Historic House in Cheam UK. I drew the elements in pencil and charcoal and then scanned them into Photoshop. 


Historical. Horses. Spear. Charge. Action. Helmet. Gallop.
illustration of I was commissioned to create a character that would guide chidren through an exhibition at Historic Duxford in the UK. The 'curator' appears in every panel and directs children to interact and explore the exhibits.

Happy. Point. Educate. Britain. Suit.
illustration of A keyframe from an animation created for Whitehall Historic House in Cheam UK. Drawn with pencil and charcoal.


Archer. Bow and arrow. Harold. King. Horse. Sword. Knight. Dark Ages. Britain. England.
illustration of A set of storyboard frames for an animated feature. 'The Pickled King'. Drawn in pencil and then animated in After Effects to produce an animatic.


Crown. Cartoon. Fairytale. Historical. Fall. Catch. Medieval. Peasant. Britain. European.
illustration of Character concept drawings for 'Not The End of The World'. An animated feature based on the book of the same name. Drawn with pencil and charcoal.


Pregnant. Biblical. Historical. Family.
illustration of Illustration created for a giant snakes and ladders board at the National civil War Centre in Newark UK. The linework is based on a pencil drawing. Colour was added in Photoshop.
illustration of Characters created for a corporate animation. I was commisioned to create a set of characters that represented different teams working within a large city bank. These characters represented the 3 separate teams.

Jester. Medieval. Comical. Cartoon. Humourous.
Pencil. Drawing. Fairytale. Folktale. Wizard. Magic. Sword. Knight. Smoking. Wand. Shield.
illustration of Illustrated pub crawl map. Created for use in the film, 'The World's End' - directed by Edgar Wright.
The film locations were found in Letchworth Garden City and Welwyn Garden City. Sections of these two city maps were combined and considerable thought was given to whether the route shown made sense when seen alongside the scenes in the film. Drawn and coloured using Photoshop. 

Route. Guide. Prop. Drinking. Alcohol.
illustration of Page from a graphic short story called 'Buzz and Pete'. Drawn in pencil and charcoal and then a tone layer was added in Photoshop. This is a three page story which was shortlisted for the 2016 Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize.

Los Angeles. Historic. Noir. Police. Detective. Santa. Christmas. Car. Elf. Sleigh. City. Smoking. Buildings. Chase. Tree. Gun.
illustration of A card design mixing modes of transport with movie references. Drawn in pencil and coloured in Photoshop.

Taxi. Car. Vehicle. Water skiing. Hat. Shark. Travel. Balloon. Ship. Boat. Titanic. Rodeo.
animation of Animated concept sequence used to help publicise and gain funding for the live action feature,
illustration of Illustration created for a giant snakes and ladders board at the National civil War Centre in Newark UK. The linework is based on a pencil drawing. Colour was added in Photoshop.
illustration of Concept for an animated story. Characters and background were drawn in pencil first and then scanned into Photoshop. These line drawings formed the basis for the coloured elements that make up the final image.  It is a style that suits both editorial use and children's books.

Noir. Flight. Flapping. City. London. Night-time. Night. Street. Cityscape. Bird.
illustration of Charlie and The Chocolate character development for a children's book. I was given a brief by 'Lost My Name' publishers to create a contemporary take on a younger Willy Wonka. 

Top hat. Waistcoat. Magician.
illustration of Frames from a comic strip story about two corrupt 1940s police officers. Drawn in pencil and coloured in photoshop.

Los Angeles. Cartoon. Gun. Cop. Chase. Car. City. Noir. Running.
illustration of I was commissioned to create a characters for an exhibit at Historic Duxford in the UK. The graphics did not make use of this Douglas Bader image, but it shows the intended style across several characters, when seen alongside the curator above.


Pipe. Smoking. 1940s. WWII. WW2. Uniform. Suit. Pilot. History.
illustration of Page from a graphic short story called 'Casey'. This is page 3 of 9. A pencil drawing was drawn over in ink with a calligraphy pen. Two separtate washes of ink were then added to create tone.


Snow fall. Toys. Toy train. Dungarees. Historical. Americana. Spade. Shovel.
illustration of Illustration created for a giant snakes and ladders board at the National civil War Centre in Newark UK. The linework is based on a pencil drawing. Colour was added in Photoshop.

Horse. Rider. Cape. Hat. Feather. Prince. History. Town. City. Dog. Sword. Spear. Pike. Army. Soldiers.
illustration of Storyboard sequence based on a James Ellroy short story, Page 3 of 7. A card model of the environment was built first. This assisted in making the geography of the story understandable. I also used a director's lens to get a good idea of how shots might look with different focal lengths.


Hat. Fence. Suit. Detective. Cop. Police. Climb. car. Fireworks. Alamo.
illustration of Illustration created for a giant snakes and ladders board at the National civil War Centre in Newark UK. The linework is based on a pencil drawing. Colour was added in Photoshop.

Gloves. Helmet. Soldier. History. Britain. Armour. Slide. Fall.
illustration of Part of storyboard created for 'Bridget Jones Baby' for Working Title Pictures. I met with the director, Sharon Maguire and discussed the shots that were needed and then drew up the panels based on this brief.

London. Britain. England. Cityscape. River. Thames.
Skyscraper. St Pauls Catherdral. Film.

Profile

A love of narrative and character has run through my training and career so far. I studied theatre and film design before working professionally as a storyboard artist. More recently I have worked as an illustrator and animator in the museum and exhibition sector, creating work for the Imperial War Museum in Duxford and for museums in Newark and Cheam in the UK.

Style/Techniques

Animation, Black & White, Cartoon, Charcoal, Collage, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Storyboards, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Motion

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Greeting Cards, Historical, Information Graphics, Mystery, People, Transportation, Americana, Vintage / Retro, Game, Edgy, Environmental