‘Nymeria’ by Jae Drummond. Courtesy photo
Jae Drummond’s art training started early. Her father, David Drummond, also a professional painter, attached a roll of butcher paper to a board, creating a portable drawing table with an infinite supply of paper. By the time you have filled several rolls of paper, you draw pretty well, she said.
The artists she was first introduced to were the great American illustrators N. C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish and Norman Rockwell. Both her formal schooling and her love of art and illustration focused on the human figure. Drummond began sneaking into college life drawing classes at the age of 12 and filching her mother’s medical books for the anatomical drawings.
Having already established a national reputation as a figure painter and water colorist, she branched out into illustration in 2009. Today, J. K. Drummond combines a command of watercolor and classical realism, with the latest digital technology to bring to vivid life the fantastic visions of such writers as Steven Erikson, Daniel Abraham and George R R. Martin.
Accolades include being nominated for three Chesley awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
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