Watch: Peterborough Artist Jason Wilkins Creates Illustration That Was Retweeted By The Rock

It was a surreal week for Peterborough-based artist Jason Wilkins. He created an illustration that got retweeted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has more than 13 million followers on Twitter…

The illustrator/caricaturist/muralist—check out his Instagram page here—was on the StudioPTBO podcast talking about what that experience was like, as well as giving practical advice for artists that are looking to build their brand on social media.

Illustration Jason Wilkins created

Illustration Jason Wilkins created

Watch the episode with Wilkins below in conversation with hosts Cody May and Neil Morton…

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Inspired by Amy Schumer Photo Peterborough Dad Just Wrote How Dads Feel About Their Daughters

Amy Schumer posted a photo of herself on Monday (November 30th) to her Facebook and Twitter pages that renowned photographer took Annie Leibovitz took. Schumer's caption to the photo: "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you Annie Leibovitz."

Amy Schumer posted the above photo to her social media channels

Amy Schumer posted the above photo to her social media channels

A Peterborough father and husband, Jason Wilkins, shared the viral post on his Facebook page along with this powerful message that most every Dad can relate to:

"I love everything about this.

I've witnessed female body image issues run rampant through my family. Now, seeing it in my 9 year old daughter - it's heart breaking. If only the women in my life could see themselves through my eyes. You're all beautiful. Stop letting the media in, and spend more time loving yourselves."

Jason's Facebook post

Jason's Facebook post

"When I saw that post by Amy Schumer, it instantly made me happy," Wilkins tells PTBOCanada of his eloquent Facebook post. "We need more of that—much much more where our daughters can see that being a strong, successful woman isn't contingent on a small waist line."

Jason and Averie

Jason and Averie

"My daughter Averie is a gymnast, artist, silly dancing, practical joke making, loving, caring, bright shining light," Wilkins tells PTBOCanada. "She makes me smile everyday, which is why it kills me when that smile fades and gives way to anxiety and low self esteem, like, 'Look at my stomach Dad, look how fat I am.' As a father, you want your little girl to grow up strong, opinionated, passionate—but more than anything, you want them to love themselves and truly know their worth, without any doubt. So, hearing from your 9-year-old that she is too fat—well, I couldn't feel more helpless."

Wilkins is frustrated by what his daughter sees in the media. He tells PTBOCanada this:

"With the strong pull of media, and the continued push for women to look better, be thinner, have better skin, have better hair, etc. etc, how do our daughter's escape this? I don't have the answer, but I will continue to tell her and show her how much she is loved—how much her brothers, stepmother, mother, grandparents and friends care about her unconditionally."

So... how do we change things? Share your input on our Facebook page.
 

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Episode 10: "PTBOCanada Live With Mike Judson" Podcast

Mike Judson and Tyler Calver

Mike Judson and Tyler Calver

Episode 10 of PTBOCanada Live With Mike Judson is live! Episodes are filmed live to tape at Riley's Pub in downtown Peterborough on most Sunday afternoons from 3-ish to 4 pm-ish, and we love a live studio audience if you want to come down! 

Artist Jason Wilkins  illustrating podcast  (photo Maryam Monsef)

Artist Jason Wilkins illustrating podcast (photo Maryam Monsef)

Episode 10 features Mike Judson in conversation with former CHEX Sports Anchor Tyler Calver, who recently moved to Kitchener to take on a position with a CTV affiliate. Calver talks about what Peterborough means to him, and what an amazing unique community it is.

Benj Rowland from Mayhemingways (and a tiny fan at right)

Benj Rowland from Mayhemingways (and a tiny fan at right)

Our production assistant Koski

Our production assistant Koski

The episode also features an awesome performance by the Mayhemingways, and a chat with Koski about his next big thing.

Illustrator Jason Wilkins also came down and live illustrated the entire podcast, which was a lot of fun.

Watch the full show below (and in case you missed it, check out our first nine episodes here)...

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Artist Jason Wilkins Live Illustrated/Tweeted Our "PTBOCanada Live With Mike Judson" Podcast

Artist Jason Wilkins Live Illustrated/Tweeted Our "PTBOCanada Live With Mike Judson" Podcast

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PTBOCanada Launching Comic Series With Artist Jason Wilkins

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Local Illustrator Draws The Start-Up Ecosystem In Peterborough Area

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Peterborough Illustrator Gets Crafty For Kraft Dinner Facebook Campaign

Local illustrator Jason Wilkins has scored a sweet gig for a Kraft Dinner social media campaign. As he tells us, "I got an email from Scott, a producer at Anomaly, the creative ad agency for Kraft Foods. His creative team thought my illustrative approach to caricature would be perfect for Kraft Dinner's upcoming Facebook campaign. Throughout the month of August, fans will post pictures of themselves enjoying Kraft Dinner in creative ways. I'll then draw caricature versions of the winning entries which will be posted to Kraft's Facebook page. Being a longtime fan of KD, it's just awesome to be teaming up with them to create something their nearly half a million Facebook followers will enjoy!"

Take a look at the Before & After launch image to campaign...

BEFORE..

Before image of a huge KD fan

Before image of a huge KD fan

AFTER...

Jason's caricature of person that will kick off the KD campaign

Jason's caricature of person that will kick off the KD campaign

Here are some more samples of Jason's illustrative caricature work...

Learn more about Jason on his Facebook page.

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