About

I’ve been drawing all of my life. It’s a talent carried on from my sketch artist father, draughtsman and cartoonist grandfather, and previous generations of craftsmen and jewlers.

I’m a freelance illustrator focusing on visualization, and catering to the diverse professional landscape of Washington, DC. When I’m not creating illustrated infographics, icons, graphics, whiteboards, or sketchnotes, I like to scrawl away in sketchbooks.

I love craft beer, bike racing, and punk rock.

Visit my work and studio at jasonpearlman.com

23 thoughts on “About”

    1. It’s pretty interesting, actually. For me, the challenges have been both in learning to developing the skillset of targeted listening, know where and what to record, and to do so in a rapid and impromptu manner on a large vertical plane. I’ve been practicing with lots of sketchnote practice from TED Talks, and also getting some paper up on the wall and giving it a go. It’s definitely worth checking into, and even contacting the folks behind it to see what their input is. I’ll also eventually post some of the sketchnotes here as well.

      1. That sounds good…is it time consuming? How long have you been working through the course? …Or does it just depend on how much effort you want to put in? Are there assignments to submit, or is it totally independent once you sign up?

        Sorry for all the questions! I couldn’t really understand the details of it, so it’s nice to hear a first-hand account from someone who’s actually doing the course.

      2. It’s fairly open and flexible; it’s tailored so that people can do it on their own time and schedule. You can do the whole thing in a weekend, or an hour here, and hour there. People post their work and get feedback form others in the course. For me, it introduced me to the mechanics of drawing on large vertical planes, drawing quickly and using blocking/modeling components like arrows and shapes, how to quickly render people and elements, and most of all, the skill of targeted listening. For some it may be too beginner, but there’s still a good deal to be learned from it. I’ve enjoyed it, but then again, I’m still very much a noobie at this, though I got to work with and see a graphic recorder named Jim Nuttle – a master recorder – in action, and I’ve been in love with the art form since.

  1. I’ll always be intimidated and super-impressed by people who can draw people on the go. The life sketch just makes a wreck out of me. Besides being slow and not very accurate (half the time the people I draw don’t look like people) I hate the attention and get very self-conscious if anyone sees me drawing in public. Nuff said, as an artist, I’m doomed. I love your drawings, especially the metro ones.

    1. Thanks! Actually, life drawing and model drawing was always my weakest point in my art school days. I always found the models uninspiring, the drawing and shading process boring, and I tried to avoid those classes like the plague. Back in those days-the early 90s in NYC-we wanted to do highly experimental illustration. Who wanted to draw model with charcoal when people were Xeroxing photographs, coloring them up, burning holes in them with cigarettes, and then collaging them with urban found design? Little did I know that my aversion to life drawing would eventually come back to haunt me in later years. Drawing people on the train breathed fresh life into model drawing for me. It’s quick, on the go, commitment rendering (and people barely notice me doing it). It’s really just a matter of pick a body part, render it in a few lines, and work outwards from it, yet in the process, gaining an understanding of the lines, curves, proportions, and details that make up the human body.

      I’m glad you enjoy them; I hope to keep more of them coming on this blog!

  2. This is going to be a fun site to follow. Thanks for your kind words on my last blog post – they were nice to read and led me to this creative place. I love your blog.

    1. Thanks! Of course nowadays, home and family have me focused more on art than cycling. My competitive days are on hold, but I still get out during the week for bike commutes, which resemble quasi-training rides (which is how many bike racers in Washington, DC make time to train)

    1. Hello Natalie,

      Sounds interesting, would like to hear more about your project. You can check out more of my work on Behance (www.behance.net/jasonpearlman). Let me know how to get in touch with you, and we can proceed from there.

      – Jason

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