I'm not an artist for a living, but I sell my artwork, prints, and commissions both online and in person, and I've done freelance graphic design and puppetry (puppet design and performance both). I have a graphic design degree and what I learned getting it has been worlds of useful, but the piece of paper itself never did me much good.
I draw a lot of fan art, when I should be working on my original characters and comics instead.
Favourite Visual Artist
My girlfriend, Ursula Vernon, Edward Gorey, too many other people to mention.
All Jim Henson movies, TNBC, Watership Down, Ghostbusters, Blues Brothers, Secret of Nimh...
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Steam Powered Giraffe,TMBG, the Clash, Queen, Johnny Lang, Blues Bros, Sting, Seal, Indigo Girls
Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Rudyard Kipling
Favourite Gaming Platform
GURPS or freeform
Tools of the Trade
Mechanical pencil, microns, prismacolor markers/pencils, watercolors, wacom art tablet, photoshop 5.5
Animatronics, All things Jim Henson, Books, Coffee, Comics, Dirk Gently, more space tolistinterests.