I am Steve Crandall.
I'm a big fan of comic books. I used to read Epic Magazine from Marvel, Heavy Metal as well as a host of other mainstream superhero books. I grew up in the 1970's and 80's. My favorite artists at the time were guys like Joe Kubert, Jim Shooter and, of course, Jack Kirby.
Practice Makes Progress
I have been drawing since I can remember. My grandmother did a lot to encourage my passion for art. She bought me the "How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way" book when I was 12. She also bought me "Bridgeman's Complete Guide To Drawing From Life" when I was 15.
I don't believe in perfection, but instead, the pursuit of it. The old adage "practice makes perfect" should have been "practice makes progress", in my view. I can remember my two older brothers when we were younger, drawing comics on lined leaf note paper. They drew everything they were influenced by back then.
I recall their stories of "Godzilla", "Lost In Space", mutants and much more.
Inspired By Others
I was inspired by my brothers and their talent. Their imaginations were triggered by the limited supply of entertainment content of their era (as compared to today). There were no computers, no internet, limited TV channels and they were left with action figures, toy cars and their unlimited imaginations fueled by comic books and posters.
I drew because they did. I wanted to be like them. As we grew up, passions were altered. My oldest brother still retained his love of art and he has exercised it throughout his career.
I became a web developer and progressed my way to becoming an executive responsible for user experience design and strategy.
In 1991, two of my brothers and I self-published a comic book and it was distributed by the second largest comic distributor in the US, at the time.
Our book did well, at least compared to our own expectations, and went on to nearly sell out of our our first print run. We had printed it on newspaper print and only in black and white. It had a glossy black cover that easily picked up fingerprints and smudges. But it was ours.
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