Q: How did you get to be an illustrator/designer?
A: I painted on our basement walls when I was five. My parents weren’t happy about it (understatement), but they didn’t discourage future artistic endeavors. To save the walls, they started giving me blank books to draw and write in. Even though they scolded me for the mess on the walls, they’ve never painted over it. It’s still there.
Q: Did you go to school for that?
A: Art school is a place where you learn how to make your creativity into something marketable. I received a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MA from Syracuse University. The time I spent as a student was dedicated to self-exploration, self-discipline and gaining an understanding of business.
Q: Is that paint? What materials do you use to make your art?
A: I use a variety of materials to make my art. What I use depends on where I am at the time. It also depends on whether I am working in my sketchbook or on canvas. I may use any combination of acrylic paint, watercolors (particularly when I travel), colored pencil, newsprint, tissue, paper scraps, crayons, oil pastels, mediums, varnishes and my all-time favorite – Bic pen.
Q: What’s your favorite brand of paint?
A: Liquitex acrylics and Winsor & Newton watercolors. No, they are not paying me to say that. I use ALOT of matte and gloss medium. The brands of medium I prefer are Liquitex and Golden.
Q: I heard you don’t have TV. Is that for real?
A: Sort of. I have a TV, but it’s not hooked up to anything and we don’t have an antenna. This arrangement is fine by me. If I watched TV, I wouldn’t have time to draw.
Q: No TV? Are you some kind of freak?
A: What do you think?
Q: Why don’t you post on weekends? Does that mean you don’t draw on weekends?
A: I draw something everyday. Even on weekends. I don’t post on weekends (usually) because I’m busy doing the fifty million other things that I didn’t get around to during the week.
Q: Do you ever take a vacation from drawing?
A: No. I tend to have more ideas when I am out or on the road, so I take my sketchbook with me wherever I go.
Q: Didn’t I meet you years ago at some comicon?
A: That’s a distinct possibility. Before the great invention called the internet, I relied solely on events for networking. I also gave demos, lectures and participated in panel discussions at various venues. We might have met there.
Q: What kind of sketchbook is that?
A: These days, I use a Moleskine, because a very kind friend gives them to me. I used to use the inexpensive spiral-bound kind. Both have their merits. I prefer to have sketchbooks in a variety of sizes, because I do like to take them everywhere and the tiny ones fit into an evening bag very nicely.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Everything I see and experience everyday, in the world around me. Conversations between people, new places, familiar places, the ocean, things I read, technology, gardens, books, news, friends, family, other artists, business colleagues and students.