As long as you’re a child. I’ve done over 20 years of professional illustration (and also a lot of drawing in between). It’s a very gradual journey. It’s really all about practice and repetition, which is the only way you ever really learn these skills. When I started practicing at 7 at the local art club, all I could do was draw at a very quick pace, and draw all day long.
I think we’ve all heard of the saying that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. I can’t help but think that as good as a lot of the art we’re seeing today is, it’s probably not too far removed from something kids were seeing the moment they started learning about how to draw.
Does anyone out there have the first ever art school teaching you?
I can’t say. I went to art school when I was 14, and I went to art school because I was a teenager. For me, it was a way to explore my curiosity, because I didn’t have much experience before then. However, I was lucky to attend a great college, such as The University of Michigan. That was a great experience, because when you come to art school you’re expected to do a lot of work and be very responsible. I also have lots of great friends that came out of art school and I was able to see all of those people through a different lens.
If you knew what you were going to be doing for the rest of your life, what do you think you might like to draw?
I love fantasy art, horror art, fantasy paintings. It’s something I’m interested in, and it’s something I think is in high demand. I’d love to do more fantasy paintings in the future.
What has been the one drawing experience that you hold the most fondly?
I’ve always loved sketching, and I’ve been drawing for over 20 years. I did a lot of art therapy at the University of Michigan and really wanted to pursue that. I’ve drawn a lot over my career and it’s always been about trying to push myself more than I ever thought. I’ve learned in some things, how to be a better artist, some things that are more critical so you can better be a good and a professional. I think drawing for me is always something I love.
What is something you hope to achieve in the future?
The only thing I want to do,