I’m an educator, art director, and storyteller, currently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. I earned my BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and have held various art positions across industries, from being an Associate Art Director at Airbnb to a Teaching Artist here at Art Prof.
When I was 4 years old, I went to a very strict & religious preschool where the people in charge would tell us when to eat, when to pray, and when to have class. The most free time I had in that school was drawing class. Essentially I could do anything I wanted, and one day I drew a portrait of myself and my cousin.
I wanted to write my name, and I didn’t remember how to spell my name, so I put all the letters I did know: A-B-I-L-I-O in that order, ‘ABILIO.’ My mother loved the drawing, and framed it in our house. I always thought, ‘Why did she do that? It’s such a casual drawing,’ but the more I looked at it, the more I realized that it was a charming picture, and most importantly, I enjoyed myself while making it. I then realized that art and drawing was something I could do for the rest of my life.
I am most passionate about creating comic stories. They are a perfect mix of my two passions – art and literature. Although I am interested in stories of all genres, I find myself most drawn to human relationships and emotions. I usually use dip pen + ink + digital coloring for my comics, but am also open to media such as chalk pastel, charcoal, and oil paint.
Photoshop, Illustration, Comics, Painting
Craig Thompson, Naoki Urasawa, Kathe Kollwitz, Hiromu Arakawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Felix Colgrave, Anders Zorn, Kévin Roualland, Beatrix Potter