Photos by Brittany Ward
Mar. 6, 2019

If you grabbed a drink and a cigar last Friday at Jakes, you may have noticed the new work on the walls. The sketches were created by the talented artist, Jimmy Lee Hill-Krug and will be up for the month of March.

Creating has been a creative outlet for Hill-Krug since childhood and really took off after high school, creating things that involve people they find interesting, usually pop-culture related. You can always find Hill-Krug with a 9-by-12 doodle pad in “whatever enormous bag” that they have with them. Each piece is unique, requiring different amounts of time and detail. Sometimes one will be done in as quick as 10 minutes when another may take much longer.

“I like to take a lot of people I relate to or idolize and make their likeness into something of my own interpretation” said Hill-Krug. “Some things I make to be satirical in nature or just things I find funny.”

Usually the drawings are done solely for them. Art is therapeutic and a creative release for Hill-Krug, however, they will occasionally do a commission piece, “cause a girl need a paycheck.”

This is the first show Hill-Krug has done in about seven years. They have pages and pages of endless ideas that will keep the creativity flowing for awhile. Currently, using toned paper and colored pencils have been the medium they have been using.

“Prisma in particular, if you’re buying me a Christmas gift,” said Hill-Krug. “I use their markers and a myriad of sharpies. I never took to painting, I don’t have the patience to wait for the paint to dry. Pencils and drawing always came natural.”

To check out Hill-Krug’s past, present and future work, follow them on Facebook or Instagram!

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Brittany Ward is a multimedia intern with KZUM.