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Capitol Comunicator reports that Cade Martin has had a virtual conversation with Jon Leon about how he is getting along during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Creative Now: A Chat with Jon Leon, Senior Art Director at GKV

by | Jul 21, 2020

By Cade Martin

As a kid, I spent many a dinner at a table surrounded by friends of my parents, an eclectic cast of characters — sculptors, writers, painters, creatives. That thread of creative community has remained in our offices, our teams, and our collaborations. But that thread feels thinner in this moment.

So I asked, with the purpose of sharing, and of supporting and caring for this creative community in its current, uncertain reality. I asked what people are doing, how they are feeling, how they are sparking creativity. It feels important to share what we do, when we can’t do all our doing.

Reaching out first to some of the talented people I’ve had the good fortune to profile though the Capitol Communicator portrait series.  It’s my version of a virtual dinner table of sorts. Grab a chair and listen in to my conversation with Jon Leon, Senior Art Director at GKV.

Jon, what, if anything, are you doing differently?

Not much of anything different, we communicate a lot through apps like Slack and Wrike to get a lot of our work anyway, so it’s kinda business as unusual. I do find solace in digging into my work for sure. 

Are you staying creatively active?

Yes, maybe not so much in the day to day work because the messaging has shifted for the meantime. But I’ve been taking several walks and leaning on shooting photography to get that creative release.

How are you sparking yourself creatively?

Well, one thing is, I’ve been watching a lot more movies/shows and paying attention to what the film industry is doing in regards to art and copy these days. For instance, just wrapped up a whole season of Ozark in one weekend! Love their coloring, scene framing and general overall storytelling. You should watch it.

About the Author

Cade Martin

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

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