Artist Creates Edgy Illustrations Dissecting Anatomy of Dinosaurs and Other Animals

Paul Jackson edgy art

If you like art with an edge, you'll love Paul Jackson‘s illustrations. The British artist, now based in Canada, is a skilled illustrator whose impressive client list includes Primus, Blink 182, The Pixies, the SyFy channel, and Gibson Guitars. Whether using pen and paper or employing a scratchboard technique, his creativity often combines the anatomy of living and dead animals for an eerie effect.

Jackson considers himself a mixed media artist who uses all tools available to him, though he primarily sticks to pencil and fine liner pens. His illustrations often leap from the paper, finding themselves transformed into T-shirt, posters, screenprints, and even embossed on snowboards. Given their moody vibe tinged with a rock and roll edge, it's no wonder that music has always been a big part of Jackson's life.

“I began getting into art at a young age—I was always listening to music when I was drawing as a child—mainly movie soundtracks actually,” Jackson tells My Modern Met. That, of course, progressed into rock and roll as I grew older and the world got its hold on me. I remember first learning to play the drums with two giant paint brushes, which perfectly encompassed the next 20 years of my life—art and drums. I enjoy collaborating with musicians because I am a musician. I like finding the connection between art and music—music inspires me to draw. As a full-time artist these days I again listen to a lot of movie soundtracks when I work—they really inspire me and set a great atmosphere for thought and concentration.”

Paul Jackson art

Paul Jackson art

Paul Jackson skull ilustration

Jackson's interest in animals and anatomy shines through in his pen illustrations, where he attempts to bring a new perspective on the subject. Not completely fiction, yet not totally anatomically correct, the work forces viewers to observe carefully, taking in the details and separating out the worlds Jackson meshes together. For inspiration, Jackson spends time researching in book and online, but his aim isn't to be fully accurate more than put forth the illusion of accuracy.

If you're interested in his creative process, Jackson occasionally posts live drawing sessions to his Instagram, while you'll find drawings, prints, and more for sale through his official store.

Paul Jackson's edgy illustrations often focus on the anatomy of animals—both dead and alive.

Paul Jackson animal drawings

Paul Jackson dinosaur illustration

Paul Jackson skull drawing

Paul Jackson scratchboard

Paul Jackson animal drawings

Paul Jackson scratchboard skull

Paul Jackson art


Paul Jackson drawing

Paul Jackson skull drawings

Jackson is greatly influenced by music and has collaborated with many well-known musicians.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Paul Jackson.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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