Inking is a very tactical experience for me. I love the natural rawness of ink. It’s perfect for exploring my subject’s physical form and pushing their emotional tension as far as I can.
Inking may be my favorite technique, but I consider my work multimedia: I’ll use ink in whatever form best fits the project, including but not limited to brush, pen, marker, photoshop, and water-soluble ink pencils. I color both traditionally and digitally.
My artistic process begins with lots of thumbnail sketches on paper, then I draw tighter mock-ups of my very best ideas. After that I practice, practice, practice the selected composition to make sure I get the line feel I like most.
Finally, I ink in the selected medium. Then I scan the final product and touch-up as necessary.
If my work involves color, I will color digitally or use a piece of paper separate from my final linework and join the two elements on the computer.
My father taught me how to draw at an early age. Soon I began drawing on any piece of paper I could find (a habit I have yet to kick). As I grew up, I would read and create master copies from my grandfather’s old New Yorker cartoon anthologies. My obsession with New Yorker cartoons grew into a hunger for comics of any shape: manga and graphic novels, newspaper strips, webcomics, you name it.
I majored in illustration at Syracuse University. While in school I was a finalist for the Syracuse Poster Project. After graduating I have become involved with a few local nonprofits as a freelancer and/or employee. Nonprofits I have worked with include: Town and Village Synagogue, a prominent conservative synagogue in the Lower East Side of New York City; Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, the largest adult literacy organization in Connecticut; and Hartford University’s Watkinson Library.