Alex, how did you get started as an illustrator?
I have always loved to draw from the time I was a little kid.
Back then it was robot fights, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Legend of Zelda.
My grandparents were accomplished amateur artists and really encouraged me as a child to draw and paint. My father had a sign business while I grew up, and my brothers and I spent a lot of time there after school and helped my dad when we were old enough.
In college I turned my focus to graphic design, and decided that was my career. I would still draw for fun, but not anywhere as much as I had before while growing up. After working as a designer for about 5 years a coworker encouraged me to focus more on my illustration skills, and we started using some of my illustrations for the web company we worked for.
Very soon after that I left and started my own business in 2008, and decided to put a much larger emphasis on my illustration skills. That was when I actually started taking illustration seriously, and pitching it as a service to my clients. Continue Reading