A birthday gift to Ryan Drummond
I love all your talented works!
I appreciate all art, not just Sonic art.
Just so you guys know, I'm jealous of your talent and I use my entire favourites folder for references and inspiration. I also want to kill all of you.
I am an audio engineer and musician first, and an artist second. I'm a recent Bachelor of Science graduate from the New England Institute of Art in Massachusetts, and I currently work as a live sound engineer for the City of Boston. I am also the current producer and cajon percussionist for the alternative/acoustic musician Something Civil.
My biggest inspirations in the audio business are Jun Senoue and Richard Jacques.
My favorite genres of music come down to Progressive, Classic Rock, Reggae, and Alternative. I play the guitar (both acoustic and electric) and I sing on acoustic tracks. I have done live sound for the band Cash Cash, who has later provided their music to the 2010 game, Sonic Colors. I've also had my own radio show for All Independent Radio, where I ran the mixing board and co-hosted the show.
My favorite songwriters are Maynard James Keenan, Claudio Sanchez, and James Barrett.
My favorite style of art are classic and Western cartoon styles, and I try to incorporate a lot of inspiration I get from reading Western comic books. My favorite cartoon characters are Sonic the Hedgehog and co., but if I had to choose, I would go with Vector the Crocodile. I also have my own character, Reia Raccoon. Although she is an independent character free of associable obsessions, I tend to make her more of a Sonic-universe-inspired character from time to time.
I get my art style from observing the styles of my two favorite cartoonists, Jonathan Gray and Tracy Yardley.
Photo courtesy of Debra Flechner at debrafphoto.com.