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What’s up with the name? Where’s the puddin’?
I’ve lived in Hoboken since 1995 and have a studio on Harrison St. The building I work in was a baking powder and pudding factory around the middle of the 20th century. I liked the URL and figured I’d do something with it. While I enjoy eating pudding, I don’t actually produce it myself.
Where can I see some of your art and design work?
My portfolio site, JayBoucher.com includes recent illustration and game designs as well as work from my 8 years at MTV.com. I also post drawings and sketches on Flickr.
What experience do you have teaching children?
In the early ’90s I taught classes in art, cartooning and drawing through both the Fairfax Co. Parks service and Fairfax Co. School system in Northern Virginia. Recently I taught drawing at HOLA elementary charter school in Hoboken and was a resident artist there teaching comic book design in 2011 and game design in 2012. I taught drawing fundamentals through Young Rembrandts at elementary schools and other locations in Northern NJ in 2011 and 2012. I also tutor programming and gaming to children in the area. I am a proud father of two girls in elementary school in Hoboken.
What teaching method do you use?
Betty Edwards Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain remains one of the most important contributions to drawing instruction since it’s release in 1979. Her exercises help students move from the naming and symbolic functions of the left hemisphere of the brain to the spatial and holistic perception of the right. I also work from Mona Brooks childhood development work in Drawing with Children
I can’t draw a stick figure. How can you help me?
You can learn to draw stick figures! It’s actually the first step to understanding the major limbs of the body and the skeletal system and an important foundation for portraying gesture.
Why do I need to draw if I can take a photograph with my brand new infinipixel camera?
Learning to compose pictures on paper can actually help your photography by exploring the relationship between your full visual field and the limitations of 2D, rectangular images. While cameras capture every detail of a scene, drawing allows you to concentrate on your visual interest without extraneous information. It is a more meditative practice that flows over time, rather than the quick capture of an instant.
But my camera’s really cool, right?
Yes, it’s very nice.
Why do you ask kids to call you “Doctor Jay”? Do you hold a medical degree? Do you play basketball?
Rather than explaining that my last name has a silent “r” I figured I’d just have kids refer to me by my first name. The “Dr.” designation is just a way to seem more of an authority, and a bit of 70′s nostalgia. I have a Masters degree in photography and student loan debt that makes me wish I had the income of a doctor, but not the work load.
UPDATE: I’m now assistant coach for my daughter’s basketball team, so the moniker is slightly more appropriate, although I still can’t jump.