I never set out to be a professional illustrator. When I was a kid in school I was always “the guy who could draw”, but after high school and knowing I had to make a living for myself I moved on from one graphic designer and art director job after another. It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized how long I’d gone without drawing much of anything and how much I missed it. So I grabbed my dusty, seldom used Wacom tablet and tried to learn how to paint. Even back then, when I started posting my stuff on various message boards, I was mostly just looking for advice on how to get better. I was as surprised as anyone when people started telling me how much they liked what I was doing and offered to pay me to do more of it. So even today I’m still incredibly flattered and a little surprised whenever I receive a complement from people. Just this weekend I had a mom from Vancouver send me an email asking for my autograph for her son’s 12th birthday because I’m one of his artistic idols and he wants to learn to do what I do. In the years that I’ve been doing this I’ve won a handful of awards, done work for a lot of amazing clients and received many complements from my own artistic idols, but it’s emails like the one from that boy’s mom that make me really think I’m doing something right.