When I was 12 I entered a countywide student art contest and didn’t win it. Reason? A judge told my mother “Anyone can see that a 12-year-old couldn’t draw these.” So much for my budding art career.
I never got any formal art training, but I kept doodling and cartooning and sketching and painting, eventually landing a job as a commercial artist. Since then I’ve been a newspaper cartoonist and occasional feature illustrator for The Chapel Hill Newspaper, The Mountineer, The Shelby Star and The Post and Courier. I even took a second-place award for illustration from the N.C. Press Association once.
In recent years I’ve taken up creating images with Photoshop and Illustrator, and in 2007-08 I had a gig as the cartoon caption contest cartoonist for The Post and Courier’s Fun & Games page. Since leaving the paper I’ve trained as a graphic designer and picked up several jobs as an illustrator.
There are all sorts of people who can transform digital stock into something resembling what you want, and there are artists out there who can paint you expensive pictures. But if you’re looking for someone who combines the lost art of hand-drawing and the new skills of vector illustration and digital production, I’m your guy.
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