ApostropheMagazine.com’s Jigsaw comic artist, Tess Langston, is now a college graduate!
May 14, 2016, Tess walked the stage with her fellow University of Montana classmates. She earned her degree in media arts, emphasis in animation. A couple weeks before, she was presented the 2016 School of Media Arts Animation Department Outstanding Senior Award.
Tess’ most unforgettable college moment took place during a life drawing class. Her instructor recognized her artwork that was based on the number three. Tess said it was brought to life through her extensive research, referencing different cultural ideas, media and personal themes.
“My drawing professor looked at it and said to the class, ‘See! This is what you guys should be doing for drawing two!’”
The newly graduate says she’s been applying for internships at animation studios in Burbank, Calif. She’s interested in becoming part of a storyboard team. She also has plans to promote her comic books at entertainment conventions.
“In the meantime, I would love to finish up my web comic Anime Asylum and continue the Jigsaw strip,” she said.
Comic artist gets first break
ApostropheMagazine.com met Tess at a conference in the fall of 2011. She was a guest speaker and talked about her art and life as a woman with autism.
The Apostrophe team was impressed with Tess that day and especially excited to learn about her passion for creating comics. A few months down the road, a plan was in place for Tess to create a comic strip just for Apostrophe, first appearing spring 2012. Tess has successfully created the Jigsaw comic strip now for about four years.
Tess agreed to create a story line to which Apostrophe’s audience could relate. She came up with Jigsaw.
Jigsaw is all about Fay and her family and friends. She’s a college student at the University of Bergston who dreams of becoming a professional screenwriter. Fay also happens to be a woman with autism. With the support of her family and friends, she’s able to navigate successfully through life with only a few hiccups here and there.
You may recognize similarities between Tess and her Jigsaw comic strip heroine.
“It’s definitely a mix between things that come from my life experience and things that I create from my imagination, but that is just how the storytelling process goes,” Tess said. “Real life events and people inspire my creativity, and my creativity and curiosity inspire me to try new things.”