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“…the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”
 
― G.K. Chesterton, The Defendant
 

Based in NW Metro Detroit in Michigan, USA. Born in Los Angeles, California on April 5, 1988. Focused learning about the science of nature and society and spent most of my time reading encyclopedias of various topics especially entomology and botany though struggling through academics. Lifetime goals shifted from becoming a bioengineer in mycology and virology to graphic designer where I took some higher education classes for, and here I am right now; a comic artist and illustrator.

Lover of bugs and critters, robots, science fiction, psychedelic designs, darkest of blacks, and games.



TIMELINE

1988

Beginning of everything.
2001

Started using ink for lineart, and Prismacolor markers to color. Cut-and-pasted scrapbook paper to use as texture and patterns. Xacto knife skills excelled while drawing, not so much.
2002

First exposure to Photoshop 6. Showed intense interest in digital art and graphic design. First experience in building a website.
Used the mouse to color-in scanned lined art, or visited oekaki boards.
2004

Saved up and finally invested in a Intuos 2 tablet.
2005

Gains vector art skills.
2006

Posts webcomic, Verardi Famiglia. Begins leaning more towards graphic design. Gains web coding and FLASH animation skills while art skills plummeted. Started college at Art Academy of Design and Technology majoring in Digital Media and excelled in vector art and graphic design. Gains skill in computer hardware.
2007

Starts considering being a freelance illustrator on the side. Went to Youmacon. Begins using Corel Painter.
2008

Went to Ohiocon and ACen conventions. Took few small personal commissions and learns it’s not my forté. Begins using Paint Tool SAI. Exited out of Art Academy and starts attending Art Institutes of Michigan Detroit majoring Web and Interactive Media. Learns video and audio editing using Adobe Premiere. Tablet changed to Intuos3.
2009

Really starts making artworks using 100% digital mediums. Exited out of Art Institute.
2010

Decided to seriously persue the comic and graphic novel career. Begins life drawings, studied story writing and anatomy, color theory and basics of art.
■ Employed at Auto Parts Aftermarket importer office as an office assistant managing sales, bills, shipments, translating between English and Japanese, technical troubleshooter, office manager, flier design, web design, logo design, call receptionist, claims manager, and other variety of tasks. – Sept
2011

Hidden in Ice one shot published in F*X*T Magazine Issue 02 – April
■ Single full-page illustration for “Tales of The North: Nordic Fairy Tale Anthology” – June
Ludicrous Sectile Dream one shot published in LOVE SWEET DREAM AND FOLLOWERS doujinshi in Japan – Dec
■ Won US Shounen Jump Storyboard Contest Grand Prize – Dec
2012

Worked to establish web-reputation with Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook Page, and changed domain name “BlackStarr513” to “BlackBox513” and begins major construction on a website.
2013

■ Starts publishing the LSD:DE Fan Comic Longing the Sibilant Dream online – Jan
You’re Not Alone gets featured in the Trending section of the front page of Manga Magazine – March
■ Commissioned to work on a pixel sprite visual to be used for Jay Hawkin‘s
professional business card. – March
■ Invited to work on a filler fan-art page for Era of Errors web comic. – March
■ Worked as a part time illustration editor for Pixio Entertainment.– April-May
■ Worked on AzuriteReaction’s Earthbound (Mother2) Let’s Play Video thumbnail art. – May~July
■ Ness fan art featured in GameArtHQ.com article.– Sept
2014

■ Worked on AzuriteReaction’s Bravely Default Let’s Play Video thumbnail art. – Jan
■ Started posting Era of Errors web comic with Dezmond Castner (AzuriteReaction) – March
■ Worked with a website restaurant catalog project team, managing and updating data. – June-Aug
■ Published 8pg one-shot I Ain’t Superstitious as a sequential artist, written by Dirk Manning in a comic anthology, Then It Was Dark through Peppermint Monster Press – Nov
2015

■ Won the excellence award in the International Silent Manga Audition 2015 winter round. – March


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