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My Bio
Professional illustrator/storyboard artist/comic artist living in Los Angeles, CA. Always had an interest in drawing and film since childhood. Drew my own comics and made little animated super-8 films with my twin brother growing up in Sacramento, CA. Went to The Academy of Art/USF in San Francisco. Started working at George Lucas' visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic around 1988, right out of school. Stayed there for 13 years, doing art for feature films and commercials including Ghostbusters 2, The Mask, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Men In Black, The Mummy. Left the Bay area for greener pastures and headed for Los Angeles on that fateful day of 9-11, dragging my girlfriend with me. After becoming a freelancer, I worked on Terminator-3, The Day After Tomorrow, The Chronicles of Riddick, Bolden, The Incredible Hulk, G.I. Joe 1 & 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Comics projects: Back-up stories in Marvel's "Agents of Atlas #1," and "Hulk Family #1." Appeared in small press anthologies "Zowie Deux," "Komikswerks: Thrills and Chills," "Secret Identities," "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," "Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave." Put together several self-published comics including "Babes In Space" anthology (featuring several ILM and Pixar artists); a sketchbook called "Striking Works" and a mini-crime comic "Art of Crime."

Favourite Visual Artist
Alex Toth, Jordi Bernet, Joe Kubert, Milton Caniff, Alex Raymeond, Gerry Talaoc, Frank Robbins, Frank Frazetta, Attilio Micheluzzi, John Buscema, Frank Thorne, John Romita, Michael Golden, Neal Adams, Noel Sickles,
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop, Manga Studio, Cintiq, Pen, Brush, India ink
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I'll be at my normal Artist Alley table ( DD-23 ) with sketches, sketchbooks and posters.  I'm also accepting commissions, so contact me here and I'll supply you with all the pertinent info!  See you in San Diego!
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So I will be at San Diego Comic Con once again in Artist Alley ( DD-23 ).  I will be available to do sketches and commissions and have copies of posters for sale. I'll allso be selling any remaining self-published sketchbooks I have left.  I'll also have copies of Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave #3 ( with my story Second to None ) available for sale. I'll also sign your copy Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy.  Or just come by and say hello!
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You coming back?
Great artwork, Benton. I agree with you about leaving the line alone. Guys like Terry Austin are my biggest inspirations. Please view my Gallery, if you want, and let me know what you think. Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work!
You what up Benton! You many not remember me, but I was that super talkative aspiring artist who had lunch with you way back when. Obscure I know sorry.
Hmmmm...I usually have a pretty good memory about these things. The name doesn't sound familiar. When and where?
Dude, it was a while back. I ran into your bro, Anson, at Alternative Press Expo 2011. I was in a storyboard class with him.
Where did we eat? You were, what Anson's comics class with Barron Story?
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Welcome to deviantART :) I am glad you joined your twin brother *mrbadjoojoo on here. Please keep in touch! Let me know if you have any questions, and don't forget to check out Premium Content: [link]