About The Artist
Photo credit: ©2009 Tony Burgard
Where I come from:
Originally from North
Dakota, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moorhead State
University in 1998. From there I moved on to work as a computer graphics
artist, freelance illustrator, and newspaper graphics designer/illustrator.
In 2001 I uprooted myself and headed west in search of new horizons
(and more trees!) to Seattle.
What I am:
An illustrator and storyteller.
The two are intertwined for me; storybook and cover illustrations are
my first love, with comic art and animation coming a close second. I
love the deceptive simplicity of the Zen aesthetic and of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, the crisp
clean lines of ink on paper, shapes and pattern. I don't like telling
people what they should see in my work; I believe that every piece should
tell its own story without outside interference.
Where I'm going:
I currently do tattoo commissions, original illustrations, logos and other work, both personal and professional. Along with this and the usual collection of tag-ends of a hundred
unfinished ideas, I also exhibit my work yearly at several local Pacific NW conventions, including Sakuracon, Rainfurrest and others. For my current convention schedule, see below: