Class of 2012 graduate from CSUMB's Science Illustration Program. scienceillustration.org/
Also I'm a 2010 graduate at the University of California San Diego, with a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (Biology). I've also minored in Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts (ICAM).
I've had private art instruction since I was 11, and normal after school art classes before then. This was in traditional art though, and taught by a local professional in my hometown, Dante Rondo: www.danterondo.com/
I've had my stuff shown in a restaurant and at a local art gallery in my hometown at age 15.
In highschool I taught myself how to use photoshop since it was required at an internship I did that makes army training games. I learned a bit of 3Ds Max there too. Whee! Since then I've moved on to making more digital art instead of traditional pieces.
Favourite Visual Artist
Robert Bateman, Eyvind Earle
Anything by Pixar or Hayao Miyazaki <3, The Terminator 1/2, The Fifth Element, The Matrix
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Joe Hisaishi, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura, Yasunori Mitsuda, Loreena McKennitt, Imogen Heap, Conjure One, Enigma, Daft Punk
JK Rowling, many mangaka
Final Fantasy 7, Kingdom Hearts, Xenogears
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS2 and PC
Tools of the Trade
CS5 if digital, with vector mask painting; Prismacolors if traditional, with an X-acto knife for highlights (and NO GRIDS)