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Tropical Brianna II
Comic books were my companions when I was young, and the Waukesha library is where I discovered the how-to-draw books by Andrew Loomis in the fifth grade. With these two things in hand, I was ready to begin the assault on my future.
After taking a year off after high school, (since I had already made it through 12 years of school, a year off was the least I could do) I entered Milwaukee School of Arts at 19. Our class was small, around 13 people, and I was ready to begin in earnest. I bought a sketchbook (actually given to me by a girlfriend who had no use for it), and grabbed the nearest ebony pencil. I copied everything I thought was cool, which was mostly from the work of other artists. I have fond memories walking up to the Palette Shop and buying a fine sable brush for $4.00 I dream often of going back in time and cleaning out the brush racks. The comic book industry eventually and graciously presented me with 10 industry awards, and I had the chance to meet every artistic hero I’ve ever admired or been influenced by. The work I was best known for was Nexus with writer Mike Baron, which lasted over 100 issues. During my career in comics, I was always fervently collecting the works of my Illustrator greats, all of whom died decades ago, by haunting old antique shops around Wisconsin. I bring my perspective from the comic book field to add something unique to this new echelon.
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