spOOk's art is owned by Jeremy Lee, a Canadian, currently living in Australia. Jeremy has been drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. Jeremy grew up in various parts of England including the picturesque Cotswolds. He picked up a camera before 10 years old, and distinctly remembers starting his first significant artwork at the age of six.
Fascinated by colour, Jeremy spent many long nights and evenings learning the physics. It seems easy at first to explain why something is 'red' or 'green' but the more you look into it, the harder it becomes. As it happens, the study of colour leads you deep into quantum physics. This created an interest in electronics and he built an electronic organ at age 14. Around the same age, he sold many picture-sculptures to friends and family. While still at school, he created glass engravings and distributed them as wedding presents and sold them. He worked for several years as an assistant at Winchcombe Pottery run by Ray Finch. At the end of his tenure, Ray offered Jeremy an apprenticeship. At a crossroads in life, with opportunities as a full time potter or to pursue the Olympics as a gymnast, Jeremy decided that a long term career would be best served pursuing his love of science.
Jeremy now has a degree in electronics and is a certified internet security professional. This is what pays the bills and looks after his dependents and a large pole house that he built by hand over the last sixteen years; but his wife, children then art craft, and working with wood and generally "making things" takes the most prominent place in his life.
While in his early teens, he was disqualified from a local art and craft competition for 'cheating'. This, being a mystery and great source of irritation caused his parents to try and find out why and it turns out that the judges truly believed that the work was pre-bought and not constructed by a young man. Jeremy considered this a lesson in life, but is yet to work out what it is. Certainly, "Don't try your best" comes to mind, but that will never happen. A closet perfectionist at heart, he has to work at balancing effort and result.
In 1988, a painting of Jeremy's on display at a local shop was stolen. On the one hand, he considers that something of a back-handed compliment but on the other wonders why the customer felt that it was worth stealing but not paying-for.
"spOOk", "IamSpOOk" and "ButIamSpook" are usernames that he has used for years on the internet. It's almost become a brand, except there are more "spOOks" out there than you would expect which is why IamSpOOk was born, quickly followed by "ButIamSpOOk" when that got pinched too. Currently, Jeremy specialises in graphite portraiture and has built an international reputation among graphite portrait artists but also uses acrylics and oils, having learned many skills with oil paint from an artist from Brisbane in the late 1980s. Jeremy also likes to take photographs. "Window Face" was accepted into a prestigious art festival in Manly. Now that his major project is nearing completion - that is, the house which itself is a work of art, he is, once again turning to drawing and painting. Jeremy is offering portrait commissions at a typical market price, but acknowledges that supply and demand may well cause a price increase. This, of course is good news for early buyers.
Where to find Jeremy Lee online
Where to buy in print
How to Draw Portraits
by Jeremy Lee
How to Draw Portraits is a unique collection of techniques, terminology, and examples for the beginner and advanced graphite artist. Over one hundred illustrations support carefully reviewed explanations of elemental technique. Simulate skin texture with circularism. Find out how to draw hair, and how to break down complex shapes into simple abstract components.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jeremy Lee
- The Day God Winked
on Nov. 27, 2012
This is well written prose. It flows nicely. I did not stumble and feel the need to re-read passages. Mark Jacob's short, compelling and immersive story gives a tantalising glimpse into the quality one might expect in his full work.
- Infinite Meat
on July 08, 2016
Wonderful originality. Great pace and despite the overuse of complex prose, it still reads fluently, but probably only if you have a good vocabulary. Before I point out some things I noticed, I would like to highly recommend this read. It's a very unusual concept and kept me reading continuously.
The odd passage was difficult, like “Lucas Swift found the inadvertent auditory interruption a welcomed chance for distraction.” Could have been "Lucas heard a noise, and welcomed the distraction..."
There were several words simply out of place, one example near the end of the book, "nirvana" to describe a Christian heaven. If that was deliberate, I don't know why. There are numerous stumblers like "scrapped knees" which may be a colloquialism that is unfamiliar to me--I would say scraped--, "bit of a ways away" is very modern American speech, as is "tasked" and yet since there are only gas lamps in the street, these are inconsistent with the setting.
Flies were described as parasites, but they are not parasitic.
"The devil giggled" I find that unlikely.
“But, should things go to the extant, you will need to play a role in tidying up”. The word should probably be extent. (Extant means "still existing")
"Catalyst" is a rather scientific word. It could be used once in the right context, but not three times for different purposes.
"The water was filled with a devilishly high concentration of sodium chloride,” Well, yes, it's in hell. Of course it's devilish. And why not simply say "salt". It's better to get the story across rather than showcase the intellect of the writer.
Calling a mouth a "yap" and feet "stompers" and eyes "peepers" might be acceptable within prose for the period, but not when the narrator uses the word; certainly not when the narrator also uses modernisms like "tasked".
"Tasked" next to "paramour" also linguistically contrasts strongly without providing benefit to the plot.
The names irked me a bit. This is acceptable in a child's book, but not for the intended readers of this book:
Victor Lednail = a boot binder
Brady Blockcut = a butcher
Captain Cuffburn = a policeman
The number of errors (as Kline wrestler her into position) (with ever step he grew closer)... increased as the book came to a conclusion. This bolstered a feeling that it might have been rushed a little toward the end, especially because the amount of "telling" compared to dialogue increased whereas one typically expects backstory and descriptive narrative to be heavy at the beginning of a book.
But there is a stroke of genius. "I had a team of lawyers, who are in no short supply down here."
Awesome read. Thanks. Enjoyed it a lot.
- Free Radical
on July 15, 2016
I really enjoyed this book. As others have said, then ending is great. The action scenes are lively, and dialogue believable, as are the characters.
The book is intelligently written, and flows very well. In fact, for the most part, it was a very pleasurable read. I think it would make a great movie.
I bumped a star off for not fixing many of the grammer/typographical or spelling issues. It was obviously spell-checked but missed alternate spellings for words that sound the same but have different meaning. Some of the prose could be less vague. For example, "*Some* environmental control system had just been stripped...He screamed as *some* tool had punctured his lower abdomen...the walls seemed to vibrate with *some* inaudible..." It's usually better to be specific for more impact, and this popped up many times to the point of become a little annoying--just a little.
- Might Have Been
on July 17, 2016
Didn't find any typos. No cliches to worry over. Text flowed nicely. Lots of fairly complex words which might put some people off, but I loved it. The storyline and concept is awesome, and the whole book flowed very nicely. A full five stars from me. It's sophisticated and descriptive.