Duration: One year.
Location: Brooklyn, New York.
Education: BFA in cartooning and illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Career path: I’ve always been scribbling, and that scribbling has always—thankfully—been supported, so I haven’t had any reason not to continue.
Cultural influences: Ancient art, antiquities, music and most film movements. I’ve liked the idea of the “artisan” before I knew what that word really meant. Hundreds of years ago, you learned a craft, perfected it over your entire life, passed it on and died without receiving any credit for your work. That’s what makes old work so rich, mysterious and endlessly inspiring to me.
My favorite films and albums viscerally connect with the viewer, which is what I aim to do with each piece of work I create. The filmmakers and cinematographers I look up to are masters of storytelling and composition, and the musicians I appreciate are great at the good kind of emotional manipulation.
Favorite projects: The work I’ve done with the New York Times and the short comic I put out with Chicago publisher 2dcloud, called Kindling, is some of my most genuine work.
Work environment: I usually work in my shared apartment with a simple Ikea desk and chair setup in my room. I always have music, a podcast or a movie playing while I work. Sometimes I work in bed, which is horrible for my posture, but very cozy. I like being able to roll over and work on a piece.
Approach: I’m pretty flexible, and I’m also comfortable using most mediums. I use the medium that I think best serves the piece.
Aspirations: I’m excited to explore long-form comics, animation, murals and sculptures within the next few years. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with more people.
Philosophy: Taking care of myself is a priority. I try to work comfortably and authentically, and enable myself to enjoy the work with a healthy amount of self-criticism. Being honest with myself about what I think works and what doesn’t work has left me feeling fulfilled.