Every idea I have will start out as a drawing in my mind's eye. Sketching is a very powerful tool to have in order to get those thoughts on to paper. I often sketch with either graphite pencils or ink pens. After I’ve sketched out the idea and I’m ready to commit to a completed work of art, I will do a preliminary drawing. I will do preliminary drawings to the same size as the final artwork.
I went to art school (MICA) to become an illustrator. When I arrived I was immediately immersed in a world of creative possibilities. Needless to say I ended up changing majors from illustration to painting. As I have matured I have realized that what I learned as a painter could be translated into my passion for drawing. I use Prismacolor pencils because they allow me to layer like a painter. It is so easy to paint from the tube, but a master will mix their colors on the canvas.
I can remember the first time I tried scratchboard out. It was in art school. I found a fancy for it, but didn’t pursue it as a favorite medium. Years later, I found myself wanting to draw with white into the black shapes of my ink drawings. I gave white paint markers a try and they almost did it. Then the light bulb went off! What about drawing on scratchboard? I went out and bought some scratchboard and gave it a try. In only a few moments I was saying to myself, now this is what I’m talking about!
I can easily say I love comic books. I love them more as a storytelling medium then I do as a collectible item. Making a comic book is like making a movie, television show or animation. I have worked in animation and as wonderful it is to see something move and make sounds, it's more incredible to me to simply pick up a comic book, flip through it, and be immediately transported into another world. My earliest memory of wanting to be an artist was when I was making comic book stories based on my obsession with the television shows: Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets.
I grew up and still live in Wilmington, Delaware. Howard Pyle, the grandfather of American illustration was born and lived here as well. From the earliest years of my artistic development I have been privy to walking both the Delaware Art Museum and The Brandywine River Museum, which houses the Wyeth’s works. To say that I have American illustration running through my veins would be a bit dramatic.
The first time I drew a naked woman was in my freshman drawing class in art school (MICA). They way I was taught to draw was that ‘drawing is observation’. I must work from life in order to understand how things work. Once you have a grasp of how they work, you then can translate them to a 2-dimensional surface.
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I completely understand what it feels like to want to own the original of a work of art that holds you captivated. I love to sell my originals. Since I produce so many drawings and they have a tendency to pile up, it is so nice to know that another person has come to appreciate the work as much as I do, since they want to own it.
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