I think I would love to intern at Hallmark and/or American Greetings studios. I've been inspired so inspired by so many artists and designers they have working there. Their is such an abundance of styles there, that I would continue on a daily basis to not only learn from some great talent, but to be inspired to push myself to be greater at my craft and excel in areas where I never thought I would be good at. When you see other work done by illustrators you admire, or styles you love to see, it inspires me to work and draw even harder.
Who do you think are the top character designers out there?
Most people tend to think that all great character designers only work in the animation world. I agree that animators are incredibly talented and have skills that are second to none. But artists at small companies that we've never heard of, or large ones, like a Hallmark or American Greetings, have such a pool of talent, where they can design from the simplest of characters to the most complex.
What are some of your favorite character designs which you have seen?
Mike Adair, Miah Alcorn, Nate Wragg, Johnny Yanok, Bob Staake, Steve Mack, Anna Chambers,Leo Espinosa...the list is really endless
What is your most favorite subject to draw? And why?
I have been in the children's publishing business for 6 years now. And as much as I love to draw humans and animals, it tends to get a bit repetivive at times. I adore kids, and recently have been doing work for the baby/toddler industry and fell in love with that style. I love coming up with cute little animal characters and icons, but not in typical pale baby colors, but more of a bold and vibrant feel. I think artists like Bob Staake and Johnny Yanok are great examples of artists who's style's and illustrations are not only great and unique, but the colors are so vibrant, you instantly are drawn and love them
What inspired you to become an Artist?
I can't say for certain what inspired me to be an artist. I've always had a love for drawing since I was in kindergarden and eventually made a career out of it. There was no one in particular that inspired me to become a cartoonist, it was just something I continued to do every year and eventually made a decision that it would be the career I wanted to do.
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