I’m an illustrator and a painter. I’ve done work for magazines like “North American Review” and “Metro Parent”. I have an ongoing book review series called “Creative Book Review” where I review useful books for creative professionals. Also I have a comic called “Octo-Samurai” When I’m not in my studio working on projects, I teach drawing and painting skills to elementary school students.
I had always been a creative kid; making things out of foil, drawing pictures, hot gluing broken toys together to make new ones etc. It became clear that I was destined to be an artist when I started drawing designs on classmates pencil cases for $5 a piece in 7th grade, (it didn’t help my grades any but it kept me out of trouble). In high school I began earning my money by doing art for classmates and adults I knew. After connecting with a local public arts group I discovered my art had value and my work being featured in a school magazine helped me gain the confidence to pursue illustration as a career.
By the end of my freshman year at College for Creative Studies (CCS) I was doing art in two of the Detroit’s biggest public art events (Street painting at the Detroit Festival of Arts in the summer and ice sculpture at Noel Night in the winter). While at CCS my work was in many art shows and I also did client work for a diverse set of clients. I completed illustration and education programs at CCS in 2011. I started freelancing soon after and was also given the opportunity to teach the next generation of creatives.