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ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a child, I was obsessed with animated cartoons. I wanted to grow up and make cartoons myself. I drew constantly on every piece of paper I could get my hands on (including the margins of my encyclopedias). I used to skip trips to the swimming pool to sit at home and draw!
Upon graduating high school, I attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and earned a Bachelor's Degree, double-majoring in Studio Art and Communication. It was during my sophomore year that my art advisor, Bill Bristow, suggested that I try my hand at caricatures. After my first few gigs, I realized I could help pay my bills and have a lot of fun with people while drawing them at events.
After graduating, I was hired by Heart of Texas Productions in Austin, where I had the privilege of working on animated films, including "Space Jam", "Quest for Camelot", and "The Prince of Egypt", as well as television commercials, video games, and direct-to-video cartoons. While doing animation, I continued to caricature at parties and events more and more frequently.
In 2000, I bid animation a fond farewell and was invited to join a start-up children's book publisher as their lead artist. I also worked for the multimedia company creating and editing graphics.
In 2002, after a brief stint as a full-time, retail caricaturist at two locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, I returned home to Texas to focus on caricaturing and illustration work, which I've been doing happily ever since.
Since 2003, I've also managed and played bass guitar (as of 2010, drums) for the band Monkeysoop, an international recording group. My guitarist Jerry Connor and I also teach guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and mentor bands from our home music school, A & B Music School.
In 2004, I opened a retail caricature stand at the San Antonio Zoo. The stand was open until August 2015, when I retired from retail caricaturing to focus on studio artwork and live caricature at events.
In 2006, three of my studio caricatures were published in Ben Cormack's book "Cartoon Clinic".
In 2007, the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio commissioned me to do a temporary mural for the construction wall in front of the new wing of the museum. That year, I also had the honor of illustrating Agman Games' first card game, "Reels & Deals: The Movie-Making Card Game", and designing their website.
In 2008, I illustrated the first in a series of books, "Little Joe the Wrangler, Vol. 1", about a young cowboy, written by Al Inmon.
In 2009, I was kept busy with large commissions for Silver Ink Publishing Inc., St. Mary's Hall College Preparatory School, Garner ISD, and numerous other companies and individuals around the U.S.
2010 was a record-breaking year for my business. It was by busiest year I've had yet drawing at events and also doing caricature and illustration commissions from my home.
During the past six years , I've been busier than ever, seeing in print children's books "The Existential Giraffe", ,"Gimme, Gimme", and "The Adventures of Little Drop", "The Moribund Mouse", "Ralph, the Tallest Elf", and "The Perspicacious Penguin", in addition to gaining a growing clientele for my party work, commissioned caricatures, and illustrations.
Phone or text: (210) 241-4838
Member of the International Society of Caricature Artists since 1994
COMPANIES I'VE WORKED WITH:
Animation: Heart of Texas Productions, Little Wolf Entertainment, Saiko Studios
Book publishers: Magic Talez, Inc., Voyager Press, Antarctic Press, Silver Ink Publishing Inc., Agman Games Inc., Tivy Whitlock, Books by Inmon
Mulitmedia: Thinkwell, Inc.
Caricatures: Ericatures, Creative Concepts Artwork, Mello-toons, The Nose, About Faces Entertainers, USA Talent Connect, Goofy Faces, Inspired Arts, The Infamous Cartoon Posse, and more
Website authoring: Ericatures.com, Monkeysoop.com
Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Macromedia Dreamweaver, and Art Studio; some knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Flash\
© All work on this site is copyright 2016 Erica Missey unless otherwise indicated.