😬This is where it all started for me👶🏻, as an #artist
. As a kid all I wanted to be was a traditional #Disney #animator
. I would always #draw
✏️cartoons every moment I could. I eventually met an actual😮 Disney animator and he gave me the best advice👍🏼, “draw everything you see from #figures
to animals and mundane objects, constantly draw in your #sketchbook
”. I took that advice and ran with it, I was #drawing
everything around me. Then I got the book that became my holy grail🙏🏼, the book that I obsessively read countless times over and over again. “The Illusion of Life” is the book that made me realize I can still be a kid when I grow up and doodle for a living. When I went to college, traditional animation was being phased out by computer animation (you can imagine how long ago that was). I knew I wanted to create art where I can physically touch my tools and not sit in front of a computer all day. #Painting
was a natural shift from traditional animation. In both art forms the artist tries to make a believable two dimensional object come to life. When I saw Caravaggio’s “The Calling of St. Matthew” I was stunned to see what a painting can do. Then I saw countless Norman Rockwell paintings and further noticed similarities between animation and painting. I became excited exploring the endless possibilities what you can do with a painting. This journey all started from this amazing book that I still cherish to today. No matter what your dreams are, chase them, give it a chance. Along the way your journey might make some unexpected turns but know that it’s for a purpose. I wanted to share with you guys how this crazy journey started for me. Thanks for reading this!