Jonathan Bartlett


Growing up I certainly didn't consider picture making or story telling to be a means to an end. I didn't even know what the word 'illustration' meant until I was a junior in college.

One day I told my teachers I wanted more creative freedom so I was going to be a graphic designer; they laughed at me...quite literally. In turn this made me really mad so I looked again at the list of art majors, saw illustration and in an instant said 'fine, Ill be an illustrator". And that was that, a classic case of the tell-me-I-can't-do-somethings...