What I do
I am an aspiring picture book
author/illustrator, but my primary job is an automotive engineer.
I’m also a freelance illustrator.
A Brief Biography
I grew up in the suburbs of Akron, Ohio and
graduated from the University of Toledo with a mechanical engineering
degree. Then I moved to the metro-Detroit area to work as an
engineer in the automotive industry, where I still reside.
Q: What's with the "Big Tall" thing?
A: I'm 6'6" tall. Big Tall Ken was a fun nickname from a friend of mine.
Q: How can I make your webpage bigger on my smartphone or tablet?
A: I have not learned how to make a responsive webpage yet and probably won't in the near future. However you can use the finger gestures native to your smartphone or tablet to enlarge the page and images. This works on my smartphone.
Q:You’re an engineer? You should do a Dilbert comic strip! You can draw better than him!
A: Yes, I am an engineer and could create more dynamic or detailed artwork, but any attempt to do so on my part would come across as a pale imitation of Scott Adams’s work. He has a very specific world view, and his art complements it well.
I did try my hand at comic stripping by submitting a comic strip called “Arctic Circle” three times back in the mid to late ‘90’s and learned just how hard it is to write humor. To do so consistently daily for years on end is a feat and gave me an appreciation of the art form. If you’re interested in the comic strips, check out the documentary, “Stripped: A Revealing Look At the World's Greatest Comic Strips.”
Q: Why do you have so many sketches on your website?
A: I enjoy seeing sketches of other artists as insight into their process. Although doing so can be a bit like staring at the sun for too long. I can either become too enamored with them and be temporarily blind to my own ideas, or after looking at so many, they give me a headache.
So, view my sketches sparingly. Lookk at a few. Move on, and come back later for a few more. :)
Plus, it was fun to go back through my sketchbooks!
Q: I don’t see you on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Why?
A: As I wrote earlier, I only have so much time in the day. I blog sporadically and have recently created an Instagram account.