I've always loved the arts. Whether I was illustrating books in the basement play area, writing and performing plays with my cousins, building puppets, writing music, filming my own movies and cartoons, or practicing dance moves by projecting my shadow against a bedroom wall, I've grown up in love with creativity in all its forms. In my career, I have been an actor, a puppeteer, a songwriter, a book illustrator, graphic designer, voice actor, cartoonist, speaker, web programmer, and game designer. And still I only feel like I've scratched the surface. My greatest desire is to create... to make something new... to bring something into the world that wasn't there before.
As a child, my earliest creative influence was Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets. I loved his sense of wonder, magic, color, humor, and gentleness. I used to scan the t.v. guide in search of Muppet airings, rediscovering them throughout the years. Each time I found them anew, I marveled at layers of humor that unfolded to me. In addition to Henson's Muppets and creative work on films like Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, I love the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Bill Waterson and owe a great debt to George Lucas for years of inspirational journeys within the Star Wars universe. I have always seen myself as Luke Skywalker, with the precocious mischief of Waterson's Calvin. I relate to Frodo's struggles on the journey to Mordor, and am still in search of my wardrobe to Narnia.
I began my career in publishing as a book designer. After this, I went to work for a small design agency in the Chicago suburbs, and one year later opened Daab Creative, my own design and illustration studio. During the financial crisis of 2008-2010, I went to work for Creata, a promotions agency on retainer with the McDonald's Corporation. With Creata I have worked as an illustrator and graphic designer on the McDonald's website Happymeal.com and their virtual world, McWorld.com. I currently work as a designer, illustrator, and sound designer on the McDonald's App, McPlay. During my time at Creata I have created work for DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Studios, Mattel, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network, Coca-Cola, Southwest Airlines, and Kellogs.
In addition to my job at Creata, I continue to moonlight as Daab Creative, and have been working to create my own body of comic art prints. On any given weekend, you can find me selling my artwork at local comic book conventions. I hope to do more work in the comics industry as long as it doesn't interfere with my starring role in the yet-to-be-picked-up sitcom, Two Of A Kind—a delightful romp about two co-workers whose lives refuse to be divided by their cubicle wall. This will of course follow my break-out role as a young Thom Zahler in the made for t.v. movie, Love and Crepes: The Thom Zahler Story.