Hiya! My chosen name is Julian Jaymes, and I am a freelance artist from the Northern Virginia area in the US (that’s in the mid-East Coast area, near the Capitol, for those who may be unfamiliar with the geography). I create manga-style comics, illustrate various projects, sell things on my Etsy shop, and also blog and vlog about everything from making manga to living with a disability to reading Tarot cards!
I’ve been drawing since I was 8 or 9, and it’s always been focused around comics – my very first art projects included drawing mini comic books and original manga. From the beginning, I was fascinated by manga – as well as the culture and lifestyle of “being a manga artist” – and I threw myself into it fully. You can read more about my comic art over at the Comics section.
Currently my biggest project is a serialized manga-style comic book called My Life On The Sidelines, subtitled The Not-So-Magical World of Magical Girls, As Explained by Joel Rowan. It’s a fun series about the sidekick of a magical-girl superhero team, and pokes good-natured fun at the genre while also exploring concepts of self-worth and identity in a world where “special” is so highly prized.
In my “Real Life” (aka my day job), I do volunteer work in advocacy for mental health recovery. I live with a severe mental illness (SMI) and have been in recovery for several years. I went through a lot and I use that experience to share hope with others. I’ll be posting a bit more of my story at some point.
My other interests include reading, hiking, birdwatching, and singing, especially songs from the 30’s and 40’s. I’m also a bit of a wannabe New Ager, with a strong interest in Tarot/oracle cards, crystals, and a truly unsettling collection of candles and incense. It’s a miracle I haven’t burned down my apartment yet. You can see some of this over at my Instagram.