Jean-Paul is a NYPD Police Officer with a passion for art. He is based in New York City and is an active member of the Autodesk SketchBook Pro group on Facebook.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
I remember as a small child watching my father paint vivid geometrical shapes and landscapes on canvas. According to my mother, I inherited his abilities... that at the age of 4, not only could I draw cartoon characters from TV commercials, I could color precisely within the lines of my coloring books!
By age 7 I was making my own comic books, but it wasn't until age 14 when I was introduced to my love of comic books (which I still, on occasion read today). The "Art of John Bryne" comic book was a big inspiration to me. It gave a style to learn from and changed the way I drew pictures.
What's awesome about being a cop is having the ability to help others in difficult situations, the camaraderie and support you share with your brothers and sisters in blue. Heaven forbid when in a jam and you key the radio, knowing that you have a team to back you up is the greatest feeling in the world.
The uniform is kinda cool too.
I think my creative side allows me to approach my job (people & situations) with a different perspective. For the most part I don't usually use art on the job, unless sketching out quick diagrams. But being an artist allows me to see and appreciate details... dynamic scenery, architecture, and people.
My art is an important part of my life... without it I would probably have to find a different way of unwinding. I have what can be considered a very stressful job. As a cop I have to remain calm when others are agitated, I have to be focused when others are confused, I have to be in and take control when others have lost theirs.
When I come home and I turn on one of my tablets, that's when I can relax and sketch away some of the problems of the day. It's very therapeutic.
Learn more about Jean-Paul at his website: www.mainsink.com