Many years ago I did course work via mail correspondence with a school called Art Instruction Schools. I was only 15 or 16 years old when I called to take the free drawing test. A month after shipping the test off, I received another piece of mail from them expressing interest to send a recruiter over to interview me. My parents liked the idea, so they enrolled me in the course.
I finished all but 3 assignments by the end of my senior year of high school. I shipped off to bootcamp immediately after graduation and then 9/11 happened. As you can imagine, I was pretty busy for the next 4 years, especially when you consider the nature of my occupation: Marine Infantry. I left active duty in the summer of 2005, reinstated my enrollement, and had finished the remaining 3 projects.
In the fall of 2011 I applied for the Art Instruction School's 2012 Outstanding Graduate of the Year award. Just a few months later I received a phone call notifying me of my selection as the awardee for my contributions in the field of art. Just recently, I was chosen to be their featured artist in their annual publication called the Illustrator.
Here's what arrived in the mail last week:
Their editor, Brad Kroll, did an extensive phone interview with me about my work. He asked if I would be interested in gracing the cover of their next annual, and I happily obliged. You can read the article below:
It's an honor to be Art Instruction Schools 2013 featured artist. Speaking of featured artist, my wife and I were just invited to attend the Navy and Marine Corps ball in Washington, D.C. in March 2014. Renown combat artist Michael D. Fay and myself were asked to be the featured artists at the ball. Our work detailing both The Joe Bonham Project and in Afghanistan/Iraq will be on display. Because we are out-of-town guests, they are accomodating our stay for one night at the Washington Hilton. I'm looking very forward to attending the event.
Lastly, I have a brilliant idea in the works and I'm keeping it a secret for fear of somebody stealing it from me. My Children's Book Illustration class has allowed me to think in a variety of ways I never thought possible. I just pulled two all-nighters in the illustation room putting together die cut texture book prototypes for Professor Franki's next assignment. The content must relate to toddlers ages 2-4, show 4 pages (cover and back count) of the book's content, be printed and adhered to chip board, and be interactive (texture, pockets, etc). Again, I think I have something big here, and I don't want to show my hand until it's fully developed and copywrited.
So no pictures.