I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember—drawing is not as much a skill for me than it is an obsession (it’s not just a fragrance from Calvin Klein). My earliest memory of drawing involved a Mickey Mouse coloring book. I went through the entire book targeting pages that included Mickey, coloring his ears, nose, eyes, his body, all of the parts of Mickey that were black were filled in with my black crayon. Once there were no more pictures left of Mickey to color, I was so distraught that I decided to take matters into my own hands—I drew my own version of Mickey—and it was terrible. But I didn’t let that stop me, I drew him over again and again until my unripe motor skills were able to craft a semi-passable version of Mickey Mouse. After years of practice I became quite good.

In 1999, after graduating high school I enrolled in the prestigious Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)—art school seemed the default choice for a kid that loved to draw. I enrolled in the Illustration program. Digital art (or computer-art as we called it in the olden days) was reserved for “sellout communication designers” as I called them. I swore I’d never abandon my trusty tools of traditional media: graphite, Prismacolor pencils and ink (just to name a few). Long story short, I was young, dumb and had no direction. I eventually dropped out of MIAD and years later started my own business, def perception, LLC as a communication designer and branding dude. Now, everything I make leverages the computer as a design tool, especially since I’m a web designer. Anyway, here is some stuff I illustrated; hope you enjoy.