According to the bio on his website: "I’m a New York Times Best Selling illustrator who started drawing long before I could form full sentences. Raised on cultural diet of comic books, cartoons, and LEGO I dropped out college to pursue a career in the animation industry. Simultaneously, I also illustrated several books and comics for the publishing world. In 2009 I started the popular online art challenge Inktober. I’m the co-founder of SVSLearn.com that teaches thousands of people how to become a professional illustrator like myself. A husband and father of five, I currently work out of my home studio in Gilbert, Arizona."