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Anthony Taylor,
Illustrator & Colorist

External Links:
   http://crayola-madness.deviantart.com

     Back before reading comics was cool and purchasing comics was considered a waste of money, I would stand in the convenience store and thumb through the books. No dialog necessary for me - bring on the super powers and the fight scenes. If the book didn't have action in it, I wasn’t interested. In the fourth grade, I was visiting an older cousin and stumbled upon a large stack of comics. Seeing how excited I was he gave me the whole stack and my love for comics exploded. Even at that age I was a good artist, but when I started to duplicate what I saw in comics it was evident I was way better than average. One day I was having trouble drawing a picture and my father walked up and said "Let me see the pencil." After a little erasing, a few pencil strokes, and some shading, BAM! Problem solved. Not only did I learn that my father had skills, he also informed me that my grandfather was a pretty good artist as well.
     In 1988, I attended Northeastern State University on a football scholarship and majored in Commercial Art. When I graduated, computers were the new big thing in the art field, and I had no computer skills. Because of this dilemma and a need for employment, I discovered a passion I didn't know I had, and that is working with youth. As I dove head first into the world of juveniles, my art skills declined to non-existence and I satisfied my thirst for art by watching cartoons (Anime) and replenishing my comic book collection. For the past 18 years I have worked for the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau as a detention counselor, supervisor, probation worker, truancy officer, and am currently a Training Supervisor.
     Two years ago I returned to the art world after my little brother, Ocie, said he was serious about putting together a comic book and wanted my help. He would draw it and I would color it. Sounds good, but one problem remains: I still have no experience in digital coloring. So I purchased the cheapest Wacom and Photoshop combo, and for the last two years I have been teaching myself how to color. Thanks to all the artists on Deviant Art who took time to give advice and encouragement. Special shout-out to Kyle Chaney, Lyle DeRoulet, and Chris Malcolm for really helping a brother through the basics, and to Hound Comics for this great opportunity. But the person I would like to thank the most, who inspires me the most, is my little bro Ocie. Watching his art develop from chicken scratch to the breathtaking effect it has today has been awesome. If It wasn't for him, I would still be on the sidelines watching everyone else fulfill their dreams.
     I have my hands full with five beautiful women! My wife of 9 years is an awesome mother and very hard worker. I have four beautiful daughters from ages 5 to 23 years of age, and all they know is Daddy colors pictures on the computer; on occasion, they give their opinions of my work! I truly believe God has blessed the Taylor family with artistic ability. Not only do I want to make awesome comics, but I am prayerful we will be the first in our family to display our talents and inspire people worldwide.

    

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