I believe in my dream to make a livelihood from my own work of graphic novels.
What started this dream?
I grew up very poor, without cable or internet, in the modern age. I always had an inclination to art and I feel like living under those circumstances, brought that out of me.
My way of entertaining myself as a child was through drawing and creating characters for stories. I used to have lists of character names and situations, much like a writer does, which I would later incorporate into my creations. I made elaborate housing and neighborhood plans. I’d characterize all my characters and give them relationships to each other. I’d cut all this out, lay it out and create whole movies on paper on the floor. I’m impressed even today, with the things I created.
In middle school, I was exposed to “Calvin and Hobbes” by Bill Watterson, which made me realize, what I was doing was pretty close to comics. So I started making them. In school, I’d pass them around and have people read them. I continued taking art classes at school and strengthening my skills.
Eventually, I did get internet and TV at home… probably around end of high school. I
have since been learning to produce my artwork digitally and also went back to school for screenwriting, all in an effort to hone my skills.
What motivates you to follow this dream?
I believe we all have a gift to offer the world and I don’t want to live my life having not offered
it. Simply put (after enjoying my loved ones), pursuing and even more so ENJOYING the pursuit of my dream is the most important thing to do with my time in this world.
What are your goals?
To make a livelihood on my own artwork, primarily graphic novels.
I have other aspirations too, such as using the knowledge of story boarding and
cinematography that comes with producing graphic novels, to eventually freelance concept art.
But this comes after or in the process of producing my own brand of graphic novels.
What would you like people to know and where can they find you?
Don’t wait until someone comes along and gives you permission to do your thing. There is no
direct career path for the artist. Forge a path for your own dreams. There is no better time than
I’d like to thank Doug for the wonderful work he is producing and for giving me the opportunity
to be a part of it!
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