When I was six years old, my teacher asked everyone in the class what they wanted to be when they grew up. The answers were varied and ambitious—an aspiring marine biologist, a wannabe astronaut, even a hopeful teacher (I think my teacher liked that kid the best). When it got to me, my answer was that I wanted to get paid to draw pictures.
I’ve shifted focus over the years—at one point I was the aspiring marine biologist, at another, I wanted to be a game developer—but I’ve always circled back to my first love, unable to give up the playground of a blank sheet of paper for long. Nowadays, I pretty much do get paid to draw pictures. I should probably say it isn’t as fun as it sounds, but let’s be real, it definitely is.
My career trajectory has taken me through a lot of different roles: screenprint designer, customer service rep, copywriter, stationery brand entrepreneur, editorial illustrator, advertising designer, assistant art director, animator, and more, usually with some degree of overlap. What can I say? I like to keep busy. Each job has taught me something, whether it’s how to prepare separations for T-shirt printing or how to make an “ice cream” that won’t melt under hot studio lights (Crisco!). I like to think that I’ve taken the most useful lessons with me and rolled them all together into a pretty diverse skill set. Nothing excites me more than a new challenge, though, so if I don’t know how to do something, you can bet I’ll figure it out.
If you like what you see, and you have an exciting project we could work on together—or you just want to send me dog photos—feel free to drop me a line.