Rochelle Information-Chief | Rochelle native Moffitt and Do Artwork Productions appears to be like to encourage space artists

Rochelle News-Leader | Rochelle native Moffitt and Do Art Productions looks to inspire area artists

ROCHELLE — On Monday on the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, Do Artwork Productions hosted a comic book e-book workshop. 

The workshop was one in every of many which were held across the space not too long ago by the group that was based by Rochelle native Jerry Moffitt and his greatest good friend, Chester Roush. Do Artwork Productions creates comics and artwork and provides a wide range of workshops in numerous artwork mediums to encourage neighborhood members.

“It is getting folks right into a artistic realm the place they will thrive and succeed,” Moffitt mentioned. “I loved doing it with my household and we’re in a time now after COVID-19. I used to be extra remoted and Chester and I believed we must always attain out extra. The concept of doing these workshops took place. He needed to do writing and poetry and I am good on the artwork facet. I’ve at all times loved seeing folks make artwork out of nothing.”

Moffitt met Roush at Loyola College Chicago. They write the comics collectively and Moffitt creates the artwork. Their message is to encourage folks to create artwork of their very own. They’ve labored with members of the family as properly, and after Moffitt satisfied his aunt to color one thing for his mom three years in the past, she offered three work final 12 months.

Moffitt was a Rochelle Township Excessive Faculty 2008 graduate and basketball participant. He mentioned he didn’t get into artwork till he was 24 or 25. He hopes the workshops will encourage youthful members of the neighborhood the best way he was later in life.

“I can ask them their favourite cartoon and make up a comic book on the white board,” Moffitt mentioned. “It permits you to clarify the deeper meanings of comics and tales. I am making an attempt to indicate the stronger facet that artwork has. You begin to see patterns and the way these symbols are being utilized by the creators. After which once you create, you have got this confidence, whether or not it is writing a narrative or brainstorming to make a comic book. Whenever you’re achieved, you’re feeling achieved. I need to give that to youngsters as a result of after I was younger, I do not suppose anyone defined that to me.” 

Moffitt takes inspiration from artists like Frida Kahlo and writers together with Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac.

“Having this relationship with these cultural icons, I needed to attempt to give that to people who find themselves up and coming and in a improvement stage,” Moffitt mentioned. “There is a energy on the finish of ending a e-book. I do know that now and I really feel like I am extra geared up for the world. It strengthens your thoughts. I need to present folks how a lot there’s to realize from studying and artwork.”

Do Artwork Productions strives to do its comics another way, getting away from typical genres comparable to superheroes. Moffitt and Roush began out with books, quick tales and novels earlier than feeling that imagery was lacking. Their work lastly morphed into full-fledged comics. 

“Seeing each the visible and the prose facet of phrases mixed has a really potent and highly effective impact in storytelling and expression,” Moffitt mentioned. “Not all comedian books have been providing that. We attempt to use cultural characters in our comics and our characters are impressed by historic figures. However they contact on present points and we’ve got enjoyable with it. It is making an attempt to make use of comics on this very slap-sticky and animated and cartoonish manner, however then making an attempt to open the doorways of consciousness to all of those mental subjects. It is making an attempt to supply bigger ideas to folks in a enjoyable manner.”

After highschool, Moffitt lived in Chicago and frolicked touring across the nation. Upon returning to Rochelle together with his ardour for artwork, he discovered assist from the library and the Flagg Township Museum in displaying artwork and internet hosting applications.  

“And I’ve some artwork displayed on the Artist’s Backyard, Steder Tattoo and at different companies,” Moffitt mentioned. “All of those folks have been giving me reassurance in my creations. From there, I had confidence to achieve out to different libraries and locations in different communities exhibiting my artwork. It has been nothing however welcoming experiences. Each step of the best way, Rochelle has at all times had my again and promoted me.”

Do Artwork Productions has 13 workshops arrange within the space for 2023. The proceeds from these occasions can be reinvested into a comic book e-book to be distributed on Free Comedian Ebook Day at space libraries on Could 6. 

“We solely have two comedian e-book shops on this space in DeKalb and Oregon,” Moffitt mentioned. “Libraries should pay for his or her free comics and it is largely achieved by giant firms. We determined to do our personal off what we have made out of donations and doing workshops. It is now as much as 1,300 copies and I believe that quantity will go up. On Free Comedian Ebook Day we’ll give them away on the libraries from Franklin Grove to Dixon, Hampshire, Rochelle, Ashton, Creston, Paw Paw and the listing goes on. We’ll do a tour over these two days speaking about comics and giving shows and giving out free comics.”

Moffitt and Roush’s artwork and knowledge on their workshops might be discovered at They hope folks can go there and discover one thing that intrigues or evokes them or helps them to make one thing of their very own to speak with others. 

“I used to be by no means advised there was extra to speaking than language,” Moffitt mentioned. “Artwork permits you to attempt to discover non-verbal communication. Whether or not it is writing a poem for my mother or doing a portray for my sister to indicate that I care. Artwork is large in understanding. There’s all kinds of how to indicate that you take care of folks or how you’re feeling. I would like artwork to be that avenue for folks.”

Moffitt has discovered himself juggling Do Artwork Productions’ totally different types of work together with artwork, comics, workshops and lectures. He welcomes the work after the isolation of the pandemic and as a result of likelihood to create and work with like-minded folks.

“It is an entire whirlwind of issues I am making an attempt to deal with every day,” Moffitt mentioned. “It is numerous pleasure. Seeing the response from everyone and seeing folks hungry for it’s nice. Occasions stopped at locations like libraries throughout COVID-19. Individuals stopped asking libraries to do stuff. They need to get issues like what we do going once more. Working with folks on artwork and seeing them acquire confidence and identification, it is a feeling you possibly can’t actually describe. It is what drives me, however on the identical time, artwork is enjoyable.”

ROCHELLE — On Monday on the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, Do Artwork Productions hosted a comic book e-book workshop.  The workshop was one in every of many which were held across the space not too long ago by the group that was based by Rochelle native Jerry Moffitt and his greatest good friend, Chester Roush. Do…

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