About the artist
A word from the curator:
Birds of summer are silly creatures, mindlessly flitting from branch to branch and living off a steady stream of feeders filled by well-meaning grannies who cater to their needs in exchange for the backyard enhancement of colorful feathers. But birds of winter are a different breed. They're built for survival instead of for the amusement of spectators, with huge limbs and sharp beaks that reach out and grab food instead of waiting for it to be provided. It's a hard life to be sure, but they wouldn't have it any other way.
Tell us the background of this design.
I'm a little bit obsessed with myself and so every 4 months or so I'll go back and look at everything I've ever drawn. I found these three birds that I drew in separate sketchbooks about a year apart and they looked so similar that I just had to put them together in one design.
What do you want TeeFury fans to know about you?
That I am not a robot. That sort of thing is becoming all too common these days. I'm on to you Cambria and Kari! Sure, you're allergic to food.
What do you absolutely not want them to find out?
The main thing would be that I have dandruff. It's probably the dry climate, and I mostly have it under control. Mostly.
Name a few of your favorite things.
My wife. My two wonderful kids. Blue, the color. Pumpkin Pie, Wire. Super Glue. 4"x6" sketch journals,
What are your feelings on Japan?
I lived in Taiwan for two years and an old guy there told me that the reason Taiwan has so many snakes is because the Japanese dropped plane-loads of snakes on Taiwan during the war. Another old guy told me that the reason Taiwan had almost no snakes was the the Japanese killed them all during the war. Mixed feelings I guess.
Do you prefer dinosaurs, mammoths, or sharks?
Mammoths, They seem easiest to domesticate, and most comfortable to ride. Also, If you enlarged their cranial capacity, they wouldn't turn on you like SOME animals.
Minotaur vs. champion bull fighter: who would win the battle?
Tough one, the Minotaur would have strength on it's side, but the bull fighter fights bulls for a living right? I would anticipate the bullfighter would win, but would die 3 days later in a hospital from the wounds, surrounded by friends and family.
Describe your favorite shirt that you own, and why you like it so much.
I have this really cool sweatshirt that makes me look awesome. But I got too fat for it over the holidays. If all goes as planned, I should be the right size again by March.
Which is better, gaming, reading, or watching movies? Name your favorite title in your chosen medium.
Reading is best, because you don't have to tell your 40-man raid party that you need to leave early so that you can go to bed before 3 in the morning. And then you guild stops liking you and you don't get into the good raids anymore so you never get your full armor set. My favorite book is "Air Guitar" by Dave Hickey. Even though I disagree with a lot of what he says, he's a great writer.
What inspires your work?
A lot of what I create seems to come out of my childhood. The good memories, the things that were scary, the things I wished I could do.
Any shout outs?
Yep, thanks to my wife for supporting me playing around on the internet instead of pressuring me to get a real job. Thanks to the rest of my family too. Also, thanks to online comics for being free.