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What is your specialty in illustration?
Graphite and Pen and Ink
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
Vary. Ad Agencies to individuals. My best.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Various illustrators pre 1940's.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Didn't know I had this talent until I was 31.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Varies, but I like detail.
What is hardest to draw?
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Praise and Worship.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
Hasn't happened yet. When it does happen because I believe that it will eventually, I will merely ask them to tell me what they don't like about it and what they envision. Then continue to draw new proofs until they say "We love it!"
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I prefer 100% paper. Then taking a digital photograph of the work.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
Depends on the subject really, but the following are items I research for all projects. The lighting, mood, textures, and proportions. Historical illustrations - Research in photo archives and library collections. Taking photographs of the current area to compare to old photographs to gain a clear understanding of specific details.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
I have a couple, but for the most part I rely on books and studying everything I see.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To give each project I undertake my best! To continue to learn and nurture my talents.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
Hard to believe, but none. I utilize the library and my own photos.
What are you working on now?
Zoomed in view of an early 20th century Singer Sewing Machine. Graphite on Vellum.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Ask God if it is the right path. If so, never give up. Draw subjects that interest you. Always stretch your abilities. Give God your best, give each day your best. Tough times will come, you will get discouraged. Pray for perseverance, courage, and strength. God is faithful. He will provide. The term starving artist came about for a reason. How bad do you want it?
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Children's Books. http://everlastingmedia.org/
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I make coffee. I write until the creative down pour stops.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Character development, relationship building, morals, conflict, and resolution.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
I do.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
As I grow as a man, I believe that it evolves.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I always have music playing regardless of the environment.
What are you working on now?
A few different ideas. I add to each as I feel inspired.
What is your specialty in the interactive world?
Where can we see some of your work online?
What was your first job in the field?
Print ad designer for The World Online. They noticed my online talent and they quickly moved me up to developing online advertising.
With which technologies do you normally work?
Do you work by yourself, or in a team? how is that team?
I current work by myself, but I prefer to work on a team.
What is the secret to keeping customer expectations under control in interactive development?
Stay within budget. Deliver on time. Under-promise and over-deliver.
What was your first computer, and which is your current?
First - 686 PC. Current - MacBook Pro.
Online virality: isn't it the same as traditional word-of-mouth?
No. I believe that word of mouth is more powerful.
What were you doing in March 2000, at the height of the "dotcom bubble"?
Graduating college. Tutoring students in Quark and Photoshop.
What would you do to terminate Internet spam once and for all?
Create an internet version of an algae eater. It would eat spam and it would like it.
Will bandwidth one day cease to be a limitation?
Maybe in major metropolitan areas, but the there will always be an issue in rural areas.

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Birmingham, AL USA

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