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I am an illustrator. I paint images for books (mainly children's
literature), design projects (annual reports, brochures, collateral
pieces), advertising (posters, packaging, ads), institutional (posters, PR
materials) and editorial (magazine articles, newspapers, some television
I began as a film animator and did Sesame Street segments, commercials, a
piece for Nova and even Saturday morning cartoons.
I also occasionally teach drawing and life drawing in a local college and
drawing seminars to corporate design departments.
An artist CAN make a decent living - provided he divests himself of the
foolish notion that purity is some kind of virtue. If personal projects are
important to you either do them on your own time or you can forgo the money
to be had from commercial ventures. Should you choose the latter you
shouldn't expect the public to pick up the tab for your decision.
-- Mike Reed