Why be a graphic artist? As a long time professional illustrator, artist, and instructor, I still believe that the most powerful tool for image making is the simple pencil, pen, or brush. In an era of fantastic advances in digital arts with the power to create new worlds of amazing realism, the pencil drawing remains an exquisitely elegant tool for expressing thoughts and ideas. With this in mind, I view it as a personal mission as an instructor to encourage students to draw their ideas first, before developing concepts within a software program. As a studio artist at McNamara Associates in Detroit during the last days of traditional car illustration I was introduced to commercial illustration. I have been an Independent illustrator and graphic artist since 1996 and as an educator teaching illustration, and digital arts since 2004.