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About the Artist

April G. E. MartinezContact Information
e-mail: art@aprilgem.com

Background
I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pen, and I'm almost completely self-taught. I currently work full-time on staff as a graphic designer in Southern California and part-time freelance as a cartoon illustrator. I've been a cartoonist for almost two years now. You can view my cartoon work at Whimsytoons.com.

Inspiration
I'm most inspired by a challenge or an assignment. I seem to work well under pressure and have no problem bringing other people's ideas to life on paper. That is not to say that I don't do well enough coming up with my own ideas; I see potential images everywhere in the world around me -- in the stucco on my ceiling, among the water stains on my faucet, in a story I read, or in the sounds that I hear. Even now I have a million pictures in my head that I want to do but just haven't gotten around to doing yet.

Tools & Techniques
When it comes to traditional media, I like working in pencil or in pen & ink, on almost any kind of paper. I work quickly, starting with a rough sketch and then tracing the final lines on a clean sheet.
For my digital artwork, my usual tools are a Wacom pen, Photoshop, Illustrator, Poser, Bryce, and Amapi. Unless I'm "doodling" with the Wacom, I take a little longer with computer art, especially on pieces that involve more than one software.

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