We had the good fortune of connecting with Jon Gregory and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jon, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve been drawing and painting since I was 4 years old, I kind of mapped out my own future you could say. It’s been nothing but rewarding for me throughout my career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I started to draw as a kid, I always wanted to draw comic books. As I got older my focus turned to painting and portraiture. I got a lot of satisfaction being able to complete a very difficult subject and that, in turn, made me more confident in different mediums going forward. Along the way I learned computer based skills, design sense and digital illustration. I was a HUGE fan of the 70’s & 80’s Topps Wacky Package series. I worshipped that art and still do today. One of my dreams was to one day paint a production piece for the series and embed myself in the legacy of the brand. That day came in 2015 when I joined Topps and painted my first title… ‘Shingles’. From there my dream was to have my own brand, painting all my own titles, writing my own jokes and releasing a series to the public. I’m proud to say that too has become a reality. At the end of October 2020 I will be releasing Brand Busters Stickers, a set of all my own titles that parody well known….and some lesser well known products. The response has been very positive so far…it’s a bit overwhelming and humbling to have such support. I’ve gotten to where I am today because of my thirst for knowledge, my never ending quest to better myself with every piece I create. It’s not an easy road, there were a lot of potholes along the way that made me question my confidence, question my ability…but I’ve come to find out that is normal behavior for the creative mind. it’s the passion and drive you have that will catapult you passed all of that and come out on top. Because of my dedication and passion I’ve been very fortunate to be able to explore many avenues of the creative world. I’ve established myself as a successful illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, video editor and art director. The learning will never end, at least not for me.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my career, without there encouragement I’m not sure where I would be. My wife for her ongoing support and the generous fanbase that continues to grow, giving me the drive to be the best I can be.

Website: www.artbyjg.com
Instagram: click rocks photos

Image Credits
Janet Gardner-musician

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