We had the good fortune of connecting with Joseph Arnold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joseph, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always been drawn to the illustrative potential of comic books and animation from a young age. The ability to create an entire universe from words, and to give it form seemed to be an additional level of creation anyone could participate in. I have worked my whole life to develop my storytelling in image form with the use of character illustration, perspective, and storytelling craft. I believe every skill outside of my art from physical martial skills, to communication and psychological skills can aid in telling the deep action packed stories I want to show.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am working full time as a police officer in Colorado, and I am managing my artistic pursuits full time on my own time. I have had a variety of jobs from 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, to front desk at a hotel to city bus driver, and currently on patrol as a peace officer. I feel we must find a way professionally or personally to reinvent ourselves every now and again to keep life fresh. If you have the one dream job or ideal life situation, when you make it there, you may find there is nothing more to reach for. You can always reach for being the best in where you are and help others, and you can always find more to help fulfill yourself. I began freelance art when I was in the last year of my college program, and I’ve been working with a variety of gaming and comic companies since. I recently became the art director for two brands I have ownership with, Majestic Comics and Ethereal Comics, and I am proud to be working with like minded creators.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In northern Colorado, there are plenty of places for camping, eating and hanging out. We have a great diversity of each in several of the larger towns, though I mostly appreciate the hole-in-the-wall authentic food places.
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?
Mentors come in from all aspects of life- Artistic illustrator influences – Scott McDaniel, Steve Rude, Zach Howard; Different styles and projects, but I aim to better myself and learn from these artists from the form, layout, design, and style of their line work.
Martial arts – Adam Martinez, Erin Varao, Mike Terpestra; Along my journey to learn self confidence and self defense, these coaches have taught me and formed me in BJJ, Muay Thai and other physical systems I implement in my art as well as effectively train to this day.
Self Confidence/Mindset – Jerrod Hardy; Retired police officer whose primary focus is every person becoming the absolute best version of themselves they can achieve.
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