Ever since I was a little boy, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Even today when I bump into people I haven't seen since I was young, the first thing they'll say is "hey, are you still drawing all the time?" Makes me wonder if I did anything else besides draw back then!
While in high school, I started to work as a manager at a McDonalds restaurant. After graduating, I worked full time at night so I could attend art school during the day. McDonalds was a great place to learn how to run a business but as I soon found out, you can't draw with a french fry.
In 1988, at the age of 19, I began my freelance art career in a small office space in downtown Worcester Massachusetts. I started off doing caricatures, portraits and logos for various clients. Some of my most memorable work was drawing for professional sports teams like the Boston Bruins and Celtics. My next big business decision was to market myself to greeting card companies. I can remember showing my portfolio to the art director of Paramount Greetings. She liked what she saw but noticed I didn't have any actual greeting card samples to show her. "What makes you think you can work for us?" she asked. I replied, "Duh, I don't know! I just think I can." (Geez, not much of a salesman was I?) Thankfull I eventually convinced Paramount, Image Arts (Hallmark U.K.) , American Greetings, Amberley and numerous other card companies to take a chance on me. Not only did I end up drawing for them, I ended up writing for many of them as well. Who'd have thunk it!
Cartoon Scott These days, I work out of my Millbury, MA home studio with my son Collin. There's never a lack of humorous material to inspire me. Currently, I'm pursuing the children's book market and have already had some success. To date I've illustrated four books for Goldenbooks for Children and I've also authored AND illustrated two of my own books. My first entitled Patch the Porcupine and Bike Shop Job. The second named Mulch the Lawnmower. Mulch won the Mom's Choice Award by the fine people at the Just for Mom Foundation.
I must say that I'm happy and proud of what I'm doing. Sure it might not be rocket science, but if I make one person smile or giggle from something I've written or drawn, it's all been worth it. In fact, just the other day, Collin looked up at me and said, "Dad, I want to draw funny things like you when I'm older." He then promptly bounced a soccer ball off my head. I've never been so proud.