Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions? It was inevitable because I am obsessive and have a compulsion to draw. If I were a more practical thinker, I would have known sooner. I have always preferred abstraction. Restlessness, and perhaps scattered thinking, made this visual language appeal to me early on. It was not a calculation, knowingly becoming an illustrator. If I had consulted my logical self, I would have chosen an easier profession. I was very lucky knowing early on that I was hard-wired to be an illustrator. When I was young, I drew naked people because I thought that was what illustrators do. My mother found my sketchbooks and I waited nervously for a judgement of biblical proportion but she was fine with what I'd drawn. When I was ten, my teacher caught me doodling in math class. He stopped the lesson in order to show the whole class. The teacher told us about a drummer he knew who was also an illustrator. I decided I wanted to be a drummer and an illustrator after that. I remember being told my work was good. My work must have needed improvement which is probably the reason I carried on.
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