God has blessed me beyond measure, so it is an honor to create art that may bless others by making them smile, or simply, warming their heart. From childhood, I have always been inspired by art with a sense of humor. As a kid, I began emulating the works of Richard Scarry, Charles Schulz and Gary Larson. I was fascinated by their ability to pack so much humor into a single panel of art. So I spent my time conjuring up my own cartoon characters, but as I got older, I began combining my need for whimsical with the beauty of vibrant artwork.
As a digital artist, I begin the majority of my work by creating a pencil sketch. Once complete, I will scan it into the computer and start painting the image. I use Corel Painter combined with a Wacom Cintiq to create my illustrations. I use a stroke-by-stroke process to slowing build up color, texture and details. Each piece takes about 40-50 hours to create, depending on the amount of detail.
Photographer: Ansyl Welsh
Image: "Gekkards Assemble"
Location: Gilbert, AZ