First and foremost, I like to draw. Old fashioned illustration on plain paper with graphite and ink is simple, but effective, and I’ve taken this further to illustrating directly on the drawing tablet and using the computer. From the classical naturalistc such as figure study to more current popular illustration styles, drawing is easily the most immedate and direct way to get my thoughts out on paper. Those little cartoons I would sketch on notebook paper back during class in elementary school weren’t all that different from the little cartoons I sketch now.
Beyond illustration I’ve found enjoyment working with digital programs both on my traditional art and with visual and graphic design, basic flash animation, and web design. Whether digital or traditional, I find that all these are worthy tools for my techniques, and try to expand my skill in these different forms of media as much as I can. Recently I’ve acquired a camera so that I can work on the basics of photography as well as digital painting.
I’ve worked my way through college with both a Bachelor in Fine arts focused on illustration, alongside a Bachelor’s in History, suiting my interest in stories and events well. I’ve placed in several contests through the years, including the annual student art show at the University of Michigan – Flint, and the Flint Journal Write an Editorial/Design a Cartoon contest where, the following year, I illustrated the cover for the newspaper insert.
My influences include the traditional such as Michelangelo, a man who had to branch out of his medium but did so brilliantly, to the less traditional, including children’s book illustrators, animators, and authors and story-writers of all types.