Native of Utah and a proud Latter Day Saint.|
I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, I was brought up by creative and inventive parents who always found ways to stimulate the growing minds of me and my brothers. I've been camping since I was a new born (seriously), I attended normal public schools where I wasn't the top of my class but passed fair enough.
When I turned eight years old my brother Mike gave me a book "how to draw cartoons" for my birthday and that was when I upgraded from stick figures. (I'll admit I use them on a regular basis still) I never actually had original characters. My entire life the main character of all my comics was me until the first movie of "Pirates of the Caribbean" came out. That was when I officially became a fan of something....that was like...eight or ninth grade. But as I obsessed over the witty character Jack Sparrow and the insanely awesome sound track, my style that had looked like a combination of "The Simpsons" and "Invader Zim" began to take on a more anatomically correct appearance, so in short my art style became Pirates. (I didn't know who Zim was until late high school-Yay for G.I.R.)
In the eight grade I sat frozen in my seat as I watched the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, it was after that day I began the intensive study of political cartoons. My history teacher gave us extra credit for bringing in clipped cartoons and so I was exposed the the hilarious and powerful messages that came with editorial cartoons. Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune became my main study as I learned how to deliver a complex issue humorously in a single image. Then in the ninth grade I was able to submit some of my own....*coff-horrible!* humble cartoons but little did I know it was literally the beginning of my professional path. Two years in high school was spent drawing 'two man comics' with my best buds forever YoyoBionicle, Wakerra, and others. Then came my senior year. I had nearly failed journalism because the article writing style eluded me horribly but I was literally drafted by Ms. Squires because of my hard learned ability to draw editorial cartoons.
BEST YEAR OF SCHOOL OF MY LIFE!
I spent most of my senior year sleeping on the couch in the newspaper room. I would wake up, draw a cartoon, then go back to sleep. It was awesome! 8D
That was where I won first in the State High School Editorial Cartoon category. It was a cartoon depicting the hot issue of the Terry Shivo controversy, it asked the question: "Right to Live or Right to Die?"
Then after high school nothing happened, I got the most miserable full time job on the planet and developed severe depression and anxiety. Then Wakerra e-mails me and was like, "Hey! Come join me on Deviantart.com"
Being the cautious and suspicious person that I am I joined with much reservation but once I got a taste of having an audience.....well, the rest is history....or in my gallery. Either way.
From that point I spent 5 years working on my Associate of Applied Science in Illustration, and now I've started on my Bachelors in Illustration. Wish me luck. Someday I hope to make movies.