I am an illustrator and professor living and working in Brooklyn, NY. I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon and do my best to draw every single day. Current projects include #drawingthenews, Sharkary vs Tsunami Crab, The Long Shadows, and Tidewater: My Life and Death in the Negro American Baseball League.
I have worked as an illustrator doing product development for licensed goods, a designer in the exhibition department at the American Museum of Natural History, and a digital retoucher for international ad campaigns for clients like Maybelline and Redken, as well as being the in-house retoucher for SPIN Magazine for nearly four years. I now work as an Assistant Professor at City Tech (CUNY) and an illustrator.
When I was a kid I spent so much time at the local comic store that my father told me I should ask them for a job. I'm not sure if he was joking or not but I did and sure enough they had me organize their back room a few hours a week in exchange for $15 of credit at the store. I was 12, and to me that meant $15 worth of free comics, since I spent all the time could at the store anyway.
This was formative for my work ethic, but there was another side effect: this was the shop that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, creators of TMNT, and the rest of the Mirage Studios crew bought their books every week, and I got to meet and know them as TMNT became a national phenomenon. They invited me to stop by Mirage Studios and show them my work, which they looked at seriously and gave me professional feedback on. Their generosity and respect influences my own teaching ethos as well as gave me a singular boost in confidence at a formative age.
Selected Clients: Microsoft, ESPN, Grantland, Vice, The Classical, Sixpoint Craft Brewing, Enso Collective, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Little Brown & Co, Pearson, People Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, SPIN Magazine, Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park), Baxt Ingui Architects, Dustin Cohen, Peter Yang, Mark Tucker, Danielle St. Laurent, Michael Harlan Turkel
photo by Dustin Cohen