Jayel Draco

Jayel Draco - Designer

Missoula, MT, United States

I am a visual storyteller; I am a world-builder. More than just telling stories, I’ve set out to build worlds that I can invite others into.

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Overview

I'm a professional Illustrator/Designer. As a multi-media visual artist who has also written sci-fi, fantasy, and vigilante crime-fighter stories, I understand the power that solid visuals accompanying a written work can have. Let me help your audience experience your journey.

Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure
Anthologies
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Crime & Mystery
Dystopian
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • BFA Illustration - School of Visual Arts 2003

Work experience

Multimedia Visual Artist

Self-employed
May, 2003 – Present (over 15 years)

Jayel Draco is a multimedia visual artist and the co-creator of Oneshi Press, where he acts as the co-creator, co-designer, and one of the six writers at work on the Children of Gaia (COG) series, which includes COG: The Great Nations of Rendaraia; COG: War & Horses; and COG: Regions of Rendaraia and Their Inhabitants. In addition to the various COG titles, Jayel is also the illustrator and designer for both the forthcoming graphic novel Tracy Queen, and the upcoming comic book PACK.

The world of Children of Gaia (COG) is the result of his decades-long collaboration with fellow artist Chris Covelli, which began shortly after they first met in seventh-grade social studies class in 1994. Since then, the desire to bring COG to life has guided his career as an artist, fueling his dedication to honing his creative skills. He grew up in New York City, where in 2003, he earned his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, later branching out into animation, costume and prop design, photomanipulation, motion graphics, and VFX. During his time as a freelance artist, Jayel’s fashion designs have been featured at trade shows including Project and Pool, and his animation work has appeared in Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men (episodes 1 – 6, written by Joss Whedon, illustrated by John Cassaday, and directed by Neal Adams) at MarvelFest New York City, and in Wagner’s Die Walküre (conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert LePage) at the New York Metropolitan Opera. For several years, he worked under the close tutelage of renowned comic book artist Neal Adams.

In 2014, Jayel teamed up with writer Lynsey G to found Oneshi Press, an independent publishing company dedicated to bringing immersive graphic storytelling projects to life. While this labor of love is guided by passion, Jayel's contributions to it are fueled by free-lance assignments with which he can keep his lights on by helping others meet their goals and realize their dreams.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

The Great Nations of Rendaraia (Children of Gaia)

Jayel Draco

Rendaraia is a realm where nature, magic, and civilization have long lived in harmony. Its five Great Nations stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations fall—each destroyed in a day, with no time for word or warning—the intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge o... read more

Rendaraia is a realm where nature, magic, and civilization have long lived in harmony. Its five Great Nations stood for centuries as strongholds of culture, magic, science, and military strength. When, one by one, the Nations fall—each destroyed in a day, with no time for word or warning—the intrepid scholar Jan’Ka’Zian sets out to record a complex network of intertwined cultures on the edge o... read more

Entrepreneurs in the Midst: Stories from Founders, Creators, and Builders

Renny McPherson, Joe Flood

Candid interviews with sixteen entrepreneurs from diverse fields let you into their personal journeys creating and building startups. How do people decide to start a company or help grow one in its infancy? How do they build those companies? There are plenty of stories about people on the other side of the journey, who have already achieved great success. But what about people in middle of the... read more

Candid interviews with sixteen entrepreneurs from diverse fields let you into their personal journeys creating and building startups. How do people decide to start a company or help grow one in its infancy? How do they build those companies? There are plenty of stories about people on the other side of the journey, who have already achieved great success. But what about people in middle of the... read more

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