Where are you from / currently live?
I’m living it up in Atlanta, Georgia.
Could you give us a brief overview of your art background (when you first became interested in art, education, work history, etc…) we just need a couple sentences, doesn’t have to be full bio.
I’ve always loved drawing and watching cartoons. My parents still boast how a painting of mine sold at a school charity auction when I was in kindergarten. They never told more for how much, for all I know it was sold for pocket lint, but still, my interest in pursuing art started early! I drew all the time growing up, went to college for animation and have been working as an animation artist ever since.
Describe some of the jobs you have done professionally how they have helped develop your artistic skills.
I’ve mostly worked on broadcast commercials and a little series work doing animation, boarding, character design and the like. In broadcast, the deadlines are unforgiving so you’re always looking for ways to get your ideas down faster and faster. You have to learn to trust your first instincts, and live with it. There probably isn’t a single project I haven’t said something like “if I only had more time I could have done so much better!” So when I draw for myself, I’m still in that “get-it-done!” mindset. Even if I’m not satisfied with the final product, if I linger I rework things to death in frustration, so I just take it as a learning experience and move on. I would have a different philosophy if I had more time for everything, but for now, this is what I learned from my work and this is what works for me right now.
Has working around so many other GDG artists influenced your art style? If so, in what way?
Sure! Its fascinating how artists can take one idea and create such distinct and wildly different things with it. GDG has the weekly sketch themes which are so much fun to follow. When I check out what’s going on on the GDG blog or FB page I’m always logging things away to try myself in the future.
Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
Are there any artistic disciplines (sculpture, painting, photography, fashion, etc, anything….) that you have a passion for?
Is there a type of art that you‘ve always wanted to learn?
Its almost like I have so much advice I can’t even put it into words. Its something like: Don’t let other people dictate your career. There are so many paths to follow, but there are even more that you can forge on your own. Work hard on your skills, have confidence in them, and value yourself. And on a personal level, you’ll always have those sneaky little doubts and disappointments no matter what you do, but those should never stop you from creating and doing the things you love. And take a break sometimes to get out of your own head. And stay healthy! Remember to sleep and drink water and don’t just eat Twizzlers all day even though they are super delicious and convenient.