Well, this is the section of the website everyone loves doing. (please note sarcasm.)
Important Note: I take no responsibility for any boredom, or yawning, reading this information may cause.
Well, here goes:
I am John Taylor, a 38 year old Freelance Cartoonist and Illustrator, from Brisbane, Australia.
I grew up in a little suburb called Lota (it’s near Wynnum) and have lived in Brisbane all of my life. (I can’t afford to move!) I have been drawing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil without injuring myself, or anyone within stabbing distance!
When I was young I used to copy the Peanuts cartoon, and create my own stories with Snoopy and the gang, and as far as I can remember, this is where I got my passion for drawing. Just to clarify, the drawings were not great, and they were purely done for my own enjoyment, so all you legal people, put down those phones. I am innocent!!
Anyway, moving on.
I was always doodling as a child, and apart from plagiarising other people’s works, I enjoyed creating my own cartoons and characters. I used to have a far more vivid imagination when I was young, but I think my quirky sense of humour has evolved as I have gotten older. This may not necessarily be a good thing, especially for those that deal with me on a regular basis! As all cartoonists will tell you though, having a sense of humour is vital to success, the actual illustrating side of things is secondary. I grew up reading and watching cartoons, and still do! I figure you have to have a laugh in life, and one of my favourite quotes is “Far too many are far too serious”.
School was a wonderful place to hone my skills as an Illustrator. Not because of the fantastic art classes I attended (I failed art dismally), but because I got so bored in class sometimes, I would just entertain myself by drawing obscure characters, instead of working. Suffice to say, my academic achievements are not worthy of mention.
I entered a few amateur art competitions throughout my years of growing up, but never had a great deal of success. I have since come to the conclusion they were a conspiracy, and only the rich kids ever won them. This is my personal biased opinion only, so please refrain from sending me any defamation notices!
After leaving school I considered improving my drawing skills by either attending TAFE, or undertaking a Cartoonist course. After realising both of those options involved me spending money, instead of making it, I quickly dismissed the ideas, and got a real job! Having money for all the fun things in life seemed a far more palatable option for me, rather than subjecting myself to more potential study, and paying for the privilege! So I never did get any formal training, I just kept practicing and I am totally self-taught. You can see my sample artwork on my portfolio page.
After working for many years, and realising I was getting nowhere fast, I sat myself down and had a good hard look at myself. (Not an easy thing to do, as you can understand, if you have seen me)
I had to make a decision of where my life was going, and how I wanted it to go. Did I want to continue working a low paid repetitive job, or did I want to pursue doing something I have a passion for, and hopefully make a living out of it?
That leads to where I am today,,, under the poverty line and up to my eyeballs in debt! No, No, No, seriously, that is why I decided to become a Freelance Cartoonist and Illustrator. Hopefully it will become an enjoyable and rewarding occupation, and if I can bring a smile to someone’s face along the way, that’s a bonus.
So there you have it, a bit of information about me, and my relatively normal life. If you aren’t asleep by now, continue browsing my site.
P.S. I have not included a picture of myself on this page, as I do not want to scare anyone. Instead, I have included a drawing of what life may be like if I don’t get any work!
P.P.S. I apologise to all of my previous English teachers, for my blatant disregard of correct sentence structure, and the improper use of grammar.