About Me

Posted by jplatt on March 30, 2015

Either one of two things just happened here. Either you were poking around the web-site and clicked on the "About Me" section and went, "ooops, that's not what I want!" Or you were wanting to know a little about me.

But If you're on the latter half of the board there, I think I can help you out.

Like most artists out there in the world, I was known as that kid in the class who could draw. I was the one who could mimic Charles M. Schulz or Jim Davis's characters on a dime and make the other kid's smile. And as I grew older my tastes changed too. I became enthralled with Mad Magazine's Mort Drucker and, famed movie poster artist, Drew Struzan. With Drucker's work I would always pick up my copy of Mad at the Eagle grocery store and study his amazing line work before I even read a line of copy. And with Struzan, I would find myself admiring his work for, what seemed like, ages wondering what adventure the movie was going to be about. This was pre-internet days, and it wouldn't be until years later that I realized that his first name was Drew, and not his last.

And being a kid who also loved to write, I would often find myself imagining what would happen in the book I was holding after my eyes feasted on its cover art. And, at times, would find myself liking the stories I had created by looking at the covers more than the actual book itself.

I guess you could say that I was that person who would buy a book for it's cover. That and a natural born storyteller.

Working my way as a professional actor and puppeteer (yes, those jobs actually exist), I focused on the art of illustration and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD for those in the know).

I'm particularly drawn to the art of humorous and children's illustration (pun not intended), but--as you can see from my portfolio--I've done other types as well. Including paintings, technical illustration and portraits. But, since being a kid I've always taken to the humorous illustration. I'm in the business of making people happy. I can't think of a better way of making a living, can you?

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