ARTIST BIO | Meet Jessica!
I'm Jessica Cone better known as "VeemonTamer" in the gaming community!
Just your typical nerd from the 904
I am an artist, designer, typical nerd and gamer from the 904! I was born and raised here in Jacksonville FL. My passion for drawing goes far back into my childhood. Every second I could get to draw, I would. I didn’t just stop there. I also wanted to sell my art and make products out of it. In middle school, it was clear that I wanted my own art business when I sold drawings for 50 cents a piece.
In 2011 I started doing art and design commissions in my city. Through word of mouth at work, I was able to slowly work my way up to earning a month's worth of rent with my art. That accomplishment sparked a thought that maybe I CAN make a living off my “hobby.”
In 2015 I was introduced to competitive Smash Bros through the “Games Arts And Music” Show (An event I attended to enter art contests). My gamer tag "Veemon-Tamer" was born. It was there I met MVG (An eSports org that specializes in Smash) who sponsored me as a graphic designer and illustrator for about one year. From there I was able to gather a decent Twitter following of about 1,000 people mostly in the competitive Smash and gaming community.
From there I knew it was time to open up shop and get my work and name out there. My online shop is open; I travel to different events and gaming tournaments to sell my art while reaching out to those interested in becoming content creators. I have started an outreach program as part of my business to encourage youth by giving them the support they need to explore their artistic talents.
For now, Vee Art Studio will be an online shop and a hands-on outreach program set up at different events. In the far future, I want it to be a print shop that doubles as a public art studio where kids and teens would have access to computers and equipment to learn about digital illustration while having a network of support leading to passive income.
My ultimate goal is to be a full-time Illustrator and mentor through my community outreach program.