Often when I tell people that I am an artist, it is not rare that they will tell me...."That's nice dear but... What is your REAL job" (yes Phil.... I am thinking of your wife as I'm typing this ;) ).
I am one of those "fortunate" people for whom drawing is his "real" job. After doing it for more then 10 years, I can't imagine myself doing any other job.
Note from Jim: the above pic is from Bob Morane, a cartoon Pierre was an animator on.
Somehow.... people can't imagine drawing as a job.
And even worse when it comes to drawing silly comics for a website.
At least when I mention that I am working on various TV series.... people see that as something more respectable. Heck you should have seen some people's reaction when I worked on a feature film. But still they don't see that as a "real" job.
Note 2 from Jim: Pierre was an animator on Heavy Metal 2000.
I have been working as an artist since 1996.
Although I did various crappy assignments before that like business cards, posters, and other stuff that I can't recall... I started considering myself as an artist.... heck even better.... as a professional artist only when I broke into 2D animation for some reason.
In addition to my work on Flashback Universe... and something else that Jim should announce soon, I am currently working on the Award Winning TV series "Arthur" This is my third season (more technically since we usually do 2 seasons at once) working on "Arthur" and I also did some artwork for licensing with the little guy.
Although we were in nomination for an Emmy this year, we did not win. :(
But we did win 2 Emmy Awards many seasons ago while I was working on the show. And the series won even more of those Emmys since it first started.
In the future, I will try to make a blog to explain the various steps of an animated production..... at least I can talk about the various tasks that I have done through the years.
And now not only can I call myself and artist, but I can call myself a comic book artist.
To quote my "friend" Boromir...
"Ahhhhhh.... Today... life is good. ;)
Until next time.