About Me

Christian Blochinger | Cartoonist, Illustrator

EXPERTISE

Fine Art 100%
Cartooning & Comic Books 100%
Digital Painting 100%
Graphic Design 100%
Illustration 100%
Logo & Graphic Design 100%

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

PhotoShop 100%
Illustrator 100%
Clip Studio Paint 100%

ABOUT CHRISTIAN J BLOCHINGER

Christian Blochinger, a first-generation American, was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Northern New Jersey.  During high school, he was active in Sports, earning 3 varsity letters in Cross Country, Alpine Ski Racing, and Track and Field. He was an Art major attending summer classes at the Kubert School of Comic art.

After Graduation, his dream to fly planes overshadowed his desire to be an artist, and he attended the Florida Institute of Technology, School of Aeronautics to be a pilot. He joined the F.I.T. Crew team and was part of the 1987 NCAA championship team and the AETT national fraternity

The FAA medical exam showed him to have a minor red-green color deficiency which ended his goal to join the Air Force and fly jets.  However, One of his best friends was a marine biologist and herpetologist that worked with Sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, and snakes for Parks and conservatories, and this inspired him to transfer to the School of Science and Engineering to earn his Degree in Environmental Science.

During that Second year of school, he joined the school newspaper had created his first comic strip, “Biofear,” a sardonic view of the environment from the animal’s point of view.

He got married at 20 yrs old to his college sweetheart and started a family. After graduation, he moved back to NJ for a year and had a second child, but the Mountains of Colorado called out to him. So, he packed up and moved to Evergreen, Colorado, renting a home up at 10,000 ft. in the Arapahoe National Forest. Eventually, he ended up buying and renovating it, even building an amphitheater and a Huge Pole Barn from the ground up. He started a thriving Home Inspection business. He started playing at night as a drummer/percussionist/vocalist with many bands and hosting several open mic stages.

However, the Real estate market plummeted when the Mortgage Bubble burst in 2002, and so did his work as a home inspector. He met a couple of kids at his open mic that would become one of three bands he played with called the Potcheen Folk Band. He decided to buy an old tour bus and start playing full-time because people were still out drinking and needed entertainment. A couple of years later, the members and name changed to POTCHEEN, and Christian took over as lead vocalist and songwriter and kept it going.

Although he worked primarily as a scientist, building consultant, and home inspector, his artistic side always pulled his attention elsewhere. So, he started a freelance art business on the side, and he moonlighted as a musician. which led to working for The Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, where he had a column called “JediBongo’s Council.” It was comprised of cartoon-esque caricatures of local and national musicians that demonstrated “interesting stage presence” and wrote reviews of their music and performances. It ranked among the most popular columns in the paper for many years.

While he toured with his Celtic rock band POTCHEEN, he used his press credentials to interview musicians from international bands and photographed festivals and concerts across the US.  With his band, he released 7 albums and played over 3000 shows in 40 states on a 20-year-old renovated MCI tour bus named Grace o” Malley.

In 2010, a tragedy occurred, and “Grace” was t-boned by a Semi in Missouri. Christian suffered severe injuries and was told he wouldn’t be able to work or play for a few years.  However, true to his spirit, he ignored the Doctors prognosis and was back on stage 6 months later. He bought a new bus they named Anne Bonney. They toured around for a few more years, releasing a couple more albums and opening for some of the greatest musicians on the planet, including Los Lobos, Michael Franti, Gaelic Storm, Les Claypool, Railroad Earth, and CHARLIE DANIELS BAND.

In 2017, he moved home to NJ to help his injured father maintain the family property and decided to go back and follow the path never taken. He went back to school at the KUBERT School of Graphic and Comic Art, learning Sequential & Digital art as well as Storyboarding and polishing up his skills in the fine arts with focused studies in anatomy, color theory, perspective, design, and layout. He graduated from the program with honors in 2022.

He is still performing with POTCHEEN for special concerts and events, local events in NJ as a drummer/percussionist/music host, and teaching painting classes. Christian has been writing a sci-fi novel for years, as well as a cartoon strip, and working to develop a webtoon series.

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