Ive been drawing ever since I could fathom
the notion of creating something just by thinking of it. Basically for
me, an artist has the power to create anything they want. Thats
a power that most artists take for granted. I get discouraged and frustrated
doing artwork thats based too much in our notion of reality. I
like to have fun with my art, and explore my imagination rather than
draw what I see every day.
I really would like to start my own company some day. I guess thats my major goal as far as my career goes. But most of all Id just like to be happy with what Im doing. I always want to be challenged and stimulated. I get frustrated with school projects that dont make me think beyond the "box". My company would basically be a multi-faceted art studio. Covering things from animation for movies, to comics, to childrens books.
I have many stories that Id like to see come to life someday and I feel that I want to be in control rather than just hand them over to a publisher or a studio. If Im going to do something I want to be in control. Yes, I realize it sounds like something youd hear coming out of George Lucass mouth, but thats ok. Hes been my mentor for quite sometime. What he has done with his life is what I hope to do with mine. Hes part of the creative process, and he makes movies and writes stories about things that interest him. He doesnt let other people tell him what to do, artistically. And I think thats the greatest freedom an artist can ever have.
I started working as a product designer at the
Franklin Mint after gratuating best in my department at the Center for
Creative Studies in Detroit. I wold like the next stage in my career
to be the movie or video game industry, but for now working at the Franklin
Mint, doing freelance illustrations for Wizards of the Coast, and working
on my own art is satisfiying my creativity.
© Melt Magazine 2002