My background is in commercial retouching. As such, I have created a LOT of photo images of things that don’t actually exist over the years. For the final product to be believable (or at least not cringe-worthy!) takes a lot of skill.
I began doing illustrations when I began doing layout and design on Cat Talk. Working with a specialty publications often requires specialty images. Sometimes I could pull something together in Photoshop, but for many pieces an illustration was more effective. It’s been an exciting path to be on!