Maybe it's too close? Tomorrow (Oct 22nd), Shain Gallery, Charlotte, 6pm, there're gonna be balloons, magicians, a petting zoo, and we're even flying in that Nik Wallenda guy to tightrope walk from the top of Shain's building all the way over to Nolen's Kitchen where he'll jump off and parasail into the happy hour crowd (okay, none of this last part is true, maybe a balloon..maybe. There's just gonna be a buttload of my work all the heck over the place, that part IS true).
I was drawn to advertising long before I illustrated. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I first worked as an Art Director with ad agencies Leo Burnett, Chicago, and with Saatchi & Saatchi, New York. But working with and hiring all my favorite illustrators through the help of being an Art Director gave me an intoxicating look into their side of the business. I have loved illustrating a number of children's books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, written by Tony Johnston, Trout, Trout, Trout! (A Fish Chant), Ant, Ant, Ant! (The Insect Chant), both written by April Pulley Sayre, and the recent 16-book series, Rotten School, written by R. L. Stine. I've also helped develop characters and animate commercials for AT&T, PBS, Nickelodeon, Zoloft, McDonald's, California State Fair, Blue Sky Studios (on character design for some features in development), and ironically back with Leo Burnett (my first ad agency) on their new animated campaign for McDonald's.