I began as a self-taught artist since the age of seven, usually drawing what I saw and reading tons of books and websites; and then I graduated with a B.A. in Studio Art from Hendrix College. I am a gamer, a cartoonist, a fantasizer, a geek, and an explorer. My dream job would be either a concept designer artist for animation or videogame companies or self-employed freelance cartoonist, illustrator, photographer, etc. Dream job would be at Pixar or Valve. Willing to do comissions; however, there are restrictions on subject matter. Contact via e-mail, private message, or leave a comment (^_^)v.
The story behind the Muffia: first of all, get the nasty definition of the word 'muff' out of your head!! My nickname derives from the original definition of the word 'muff': an open-ended cylinder of fur or cloth used for keeping hands warm, one hand going in at each end. My friends gave it to me because I would constantly cross my hands into my sleeves....then, later I heard the slang term for it and decided to add an "ia" at the end to sound more like a name.
Current Residence: U.S.
Favourite genre of music: depends on the song
Favourite style of art: cartoons, manga, and calligraphy (both western and eastern)
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Luigi
Personal Quote: "Only love can leave such a mark...Only love can heal such a scar." -- U2
Favourite Visual Artist
Norman Rockwell, Masami Tsuda, Pixar, Li Chen, and Valve
The Incredibles, Julie & Julia, Ratatouille, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Blues Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bridget Jones' Diary series, Marvel's The Avengers, and UP.
Favourite TV Shows
Grimm, Mythbusters, The Big Bang Theory, Ace of Cakes, Friends, and Firefly
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
U2, P!NK, The Clash, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, Lady Gaga, The Police, Sting, and Spice Girls (grew up with them as a little kid).
Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, Series of Unforunate Events, Solain, Kare Kano series, Fruits Basket series, and Maus.
Team Fortress 2, Half Life series, Tomb Raider series, Mass Effect series, Portal, Dead Rising, Resident 0-Code Verconica, Fallout series, anything with Luigi, and much more
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC, Xbox 360
Tools of the Trade
Prismacolor markers, Copic markers, ink stones, ink, felt tip ink pens, pencils, Holga 120mm camera, Canon PowerShot SX100, rice papers, cinnabar paste, calligraphy brushes, Chinese calligraphy tools
videogames, photography, drawing, speaking German, traveling