When I used to be a contributor for The Geek Imitative, I was fortunate enough to meet the artist, Jessica Francine Acker. I was excited to see that we shared many similar interests, ranging from fantasy, cosplaying to art, and geek culture. Many have come to know this talented artist either through TGI or through the LARP community.
Emberly Lily Summers (ELS): What types of mediums do you prefer to draw in?
Jessica Francine Acker (JFA): Using Photoshop is my favorite, though when I’m not around a computer I most definitely prefer pencil.
ELS: I can relate, I prefer using pen and paper when writing versus using a computer or a tablet. What are your favorite types of things to draw?
JFA: Pin up style artwork is my favorite. I just really love how beautiful the forms of that style are.
ELS: I saw lots of nail art in your social media especially Facebook, is that something you like to draw yourself or have other artists do it?
JFA: Any photos of nail art were done by me. I also don’t use stamps, anything up there was hand painted by me (even on my right hand!)
ELS: Wow! That’s impressive. I love the brightness and diversity of your style. Has your artwork been published anywhere?
JFA: I used to be an art major in college, and I had a piece that sold in a show once, but other than that the only time I’ve had a form of art published was a short story I wrote in fourth grade.
ELS: That is certainly an accomplishment. I love exploring art galleries. It’s good to hang on to items we created in the past to look back and reflect on how far our talents have improved. What has been your favorite art that you’ve drawn?
JFA: There is one piece of digital art that I drew the very first time I got Photoshop using a mouse. I redraw that same piece every four years to kind of gauge how much I’ve progressed.
ELS: Yes, that’s what I meant by evaluating your progress by comparing old drawings to new ones. What do you consider to be Gothic?
JFA: I don’t believe there is a set definition for Gothic. There are so many sub genres that the label has come to mean different things (at least to me) but I think just an affinity or love of the general supernatural or occult would be the main ideal.
ELS: I agree, some might question my interest in Gothic culture because I love bright colors, glitter, fairytales among other things. Then again, I do love supernatural creatures, mythology, and dark humor. So, aside from your love of the supernatural and occult, what types of things inspire you?
JFA: Almost anything inspires me, but I’m really attracted to things with interesting shadow play. Also, I’m a sucker for the negative space, and if I see a particularly cool pose somewhere, I’ll try to draw a pin up in that pose.
ELS: Who is your favorite artist?
JFA: Salvador Dali. His unusual subject matter just hits the spot for me. I love the surreal.
ELS: How did you learn about LARP?
JFA: I always knew about LARP in the back of my mind, but having to deal with stats, and boffers did not interest me in the least. When I found out that Nordic LARPing was a thing, I signed on immediately. For me, it’s about the story and the creativity. Creating emotions and expressing parts of myself that I can’t do in the “real world.”
ELS: Yes, I’ve learned of Nordic LARP from New World Magischola, they don’t have physical combat LARPing unlike boffer LARPs. What kinds of LARP do you play?
JFA: Immersive blockbuster LARPs. I live in a very conservative area, I must travel a stupid amount away to participate in any LARPs, so I hold out for the big ones.
ELS: I can relate, my first New World Magischola LARP I participated at was 8 to 10 hours away, though when you’re able to LARP, what types of characters do your role play as?
JFA: I try not to role play as the same archetype of character twice. Everyone I’ve played has been generally different than everyone else. Here’s a small list: a hippie werewolf, a morally grey fortuneteller, a robot created by a child, a very evil and hostile computer virus, or a well-known and spoiled movie star.
ELS: I see you’re also a contributor to The Geek Initiative? How did you find out about it? What type of media do you contribute?
JFA: I found out about The Geek Initiative (TGI) while playing in a LARP called CHARIOT. I approached the general manager of the run with an idea for a future run, and was offered the job as CHARIOT’s social media coordinator.
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