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Hello.

I'm Steve.

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Hello.

I'm Steve.

I am a storyboard artist working on the Hey Arnold jungle movie at Nickelodeon Animation in Los Angeles.

I've also drawn work for Cartoon Network and Disney Television. I'm passionate about visual storytelling.

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The Storyof how I got here began in

Chicago, Illinois.

1973 - 1991

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The Storyof how I got here began in

Chicago, Illinois.

1973 - 1991

 

I grew up drawing and playing in the suburbs of the windy city.

 

I drew through so much paper as a child that my parents got me this chalkboard desk. 

I made stop motion animations by moving my Legos and toy cars in front of a VHS camcorder.

I was a "staff artist" for my high school paper drawing illustrations and a regular comic strip inspired by my family's dog.

I discovered digital art as a teen. This is the first full drawing I ever made on a computer, drawn in Photoshop 2.1 on a Mac using a mouse.

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I studied illustration at the

Savannah College of Art and Design

in Savannah, Georgia.

1991 - 1995

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I studied illustration at the

Savannah College of Art and Design

in Savannah, Georgia.

1991 - 1995

At SCAD, I experimented with new techniques and other art forms.

Here are select pieces from my illustration courses.

 

Becoming a Cartoonist

At the time, there weren't many programs nationally to study animation and those interested in the field primarily studied illustration. I learned skills through the more accessible art form of comics, of which there was one class available at SCAD. (Now there's an entire major.)

I wrote and drew a weekly comic strip all four years for a local Savannah newspaper. I joined the student comics club, and attended lectures and critiques by visiting cartoonists. I learned much at art school but studied cartooning independently.

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Westward ho!

I moved to Pasadena, California to

follow my dream.

1995 - 2002
 

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Westward ho!

I moved to Pasadena, California to

follow my dream.

1995 - 2002
 

I had two childhood dreams.

Draw animation or comic strips. Animation won.

I got my foot in the door of Nickelodeon as an intern on a new show just beginning production - Hey Arnold. I was hired as a background designer halfway through my internship, and eventually worked my way over to drawing storyboards for the series. Over my 6+ years at Nick, I bounced back and forth between storyboards and backgrounds, occasionally working on other shows as well.

I lived in a charming 1920s bungalow in Pasadena, and became one of California's earliest commuters of a gas/electric hybrid car.

The original studio facade from the late 90s. My desk was right behind that front window next to the gate.

The original studio facade from the late 90s. My desk was right behind that front window next to the gate.

My own silly sketch of Helga and Arnold.

 

The Great Outdoors

Living in California afforded me the discovery of the western landscape.

I found in myself an outdoorsman I didn't know existed. I hiked nearly every weekend in LA's mountains, and camped frequently across southern California and the western states. I even learned to snowboard near Los Angeles.

Courtright Reservoir, a camping spot I frequented in the Sierras.

Courtright Reservoir, a camping spot I frequented in the Sierras.

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Boulder, Colorado

I played in the mountains and freelanced

illustration.

2002 - 2011


 

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Boulder, Colorado

I played in the mountains and freelanced

illustration.

2002 - 2011


 

I gave up the Hollywood career to chase an outdoorsy lifestyle.

 

Freelancing gave me the freedom to hike and snowboard during the days, and make art at night. I carved out a niche with a style as a travel poster artist. Here is a sampling of my many Colorado posters inspired by the amazing landscape.

 
 
 
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This was my view after moving high into the

Rocky Mountains.2011 - 2014

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This was my view after moving high into the

Rocky Mountains.2011 - 2014

It was time to get serious about being a Coloradan.

I got married, started a family, and we all lived in various mountain towns. My wife and I loved Boulder but if we were going to live in Colorado, we might as well experience some serious mountain living. We lived in places without cellphone reception, on twisting dirt roads, and where temperatures reached in the negative 20s with three feet of snow. We warmed our home with firewood and watched moose roam from our windows. It was glorious.

Mountain house 1 was on a babbling creek deep in a canyon.

Mountain house 2 was in a quaint town with one cafe and no traffic lights.

Mountain house 3 was atop a high ridge overlooking the Continental Divide.

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When you live in the mountains, you need a rugged vehicle.

In September 2013, our small town of about 300 people was hit by a catastrophic flood and we were rescued via helicopter. Read my story.

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I returned to

Los Angeles

to reunite with my passion for

animation.

2014

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I returned to

Los Angeles

to reunite with my passion for

animation.

2014

I'm back, baby.

I missed working in animation. Freelancing had its perks but I longed for the creative collaboration of big studio productions with some of the most talented artists one could ever meet.

The move. We sold most of our stuff to make the move light and the start fresh.

The move. We sold most of our stuff to make the move light and the start fresh.

A fun billboard at Disney's California Adventure park.

A fun billboard at Disney's California Adventure park.

Hollywood is Special

 

In the 1990s, working at Nickelodeon was my only professional experience. I didn't take it for granted but it was normal to me.

Having returned to the industry after a dozen years, I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of it. My work gets to touch millions of viewers, and if done well, can create life-long memories about great characters and stories.