About the Artist

I was born in 1980 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, currently residing in Fargo, North Dakota, and the last thing I thought I would do is make a career out of being an artist. Shortly after I started drawing in January of 2015, I decided that’s exactly what I’m going to do. How did that happen?

Like almost every child I enjoyed drawing. A lot. I remember drawing fighters I’d give ridiculous names to, full of details like scars, comical expressions, and arrows or hatchets sticking through their head (to show how tough they were??), and fantasy fighter planes with features and weapons created without consideration of physics involved. Around 10 to 12 years old I stopped drawing, probably because I didn’t judge myself as being good at it. From then on I had the same false assumption many of us have, that drawing is something only a select few who were born with the talent could do well.

Often as an adult I would have the thought, “if only I could draw, I would draw all day long.” January 2015 I was out on a walk and that familiar “only if” thought occurred. However this time, for reasons I’m unaware but grateful for, that was followed by thinking, “what if I’m wrong that drawing is limited to the fortunately gifted, what if it’s a skill that could be learned?” Reminiscing on the joy drawing brought me as a child I was excited to return home and try to draw something. I created a poorly drawn, but still recognizable, portrait. Like a child excited to show an adult what he created, I posted my amateur attempt on Facebook. It didn’t matter to me that it wasn’t good, what mattered was that I created something and had glorious fun doing it. Shortly after that first drawing I decided: I was going to learn how to draw, I would dedicate myself to becoming great at it, I will make a career out of this. “If only I could draw, I would draw all day long.” Indeed.

I started drawing for several hours a day and have been since (with the help of music and audio books). I knew the skill level I wanted to achieve would take daily practice and experimentation. I researched the tools and techniques used by artists, read various blogs, and watched video tutorials on YouTube. My dedication resulted in my drawing ability improving quite rapidly. The patience and eye for detail I have were valuable assets to realistic drawing. I knew there was more to a career in art than technical skill, so I also started learning about business and marketing. I’ve learned being an artist is very rewarding, but also involves a lot of work.

This has been quite an unexpected adventure for me, and it’s only the beginning. I’m not sure what the future will bring, there’s many paths to choose, directions to take, decisions to be made, and mediums to explore. I do know I’m all in. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.

Jeremy Ruppert

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