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Jonathan Thompson posted a topic in Introduce YourselfHi all. Despite the fact that I'm legally blind, I've loved art, drawing, and being creative all my life. One of my earliest memories was waking up early in the morning, grabbing my Yogi Bear coloring book and a pen and coloring. I have no idea why I wasn't using crayons. I was drawing from a very early age and my folks had the pictures to prove it. From super heroes to landscapes to portraits to that groovy fluid shaped text of the 60's, I tried drawing it all. My first taste of 3 dimensional art was as a child during crafts time at Vacation Bible School. In jr. high I was took a crafts class and was able to apply my love of art to leather craft. I believe it was also during this time that I first made money from my art. I didn't have my first art instruction until my first art class in high school. It was here that I was introduced to new techniques and media such as origami, painting, sculpture, fashion design, stage set design, etc. I joined the art club where I was awarded a small (but at the time totally awesome) scholarship that I used in jr. college. After high school, I knew what I wanted to do...double teaching credential. My disability prompted me to go for a special ed teaching credential, and my love of art drove me to work for a teaching credential in art education...more the practical and technique side and less (much less) the history side. Before all this, however, few a short moment in time, my plan was to go to the Art Institute in San Francisco and learn fashion design...that didn't happen. Unfortunately, due to numerous life events both in and out of my control, I was never able to finish college and earn my credentials (BIG SIGH). Well, the college thing was out so the credential thing was out, and after working for someone else enough times, I knew that (if I could help it) the 9 to 5 job thing was out. That was fine though, because it made me realize even more that I wanted to have my own business. I figured that if one person would pay me for my art, why not more people. The thought of getting paid for something I enjoyed doing was the closer...all of the compliments didn't hurt either. Doing something I love, hearing that so many others loved what I did too and making money doing it as well? Oh man, that's what I want to do when I grow up! Yeah well, it never is that easy is it? But even with my bad eyesight and small government disability check, I did, am, and will continue to press on: Portraits (painted & illustrated); landscapes (painted & illustrated); holiday & special event window painting (too old to do that anymore); sign painting (too old & no room for this anymore); logo, monogram, letterhead, & business card design; (and for many years now) website & digital graphic design. Even though I'm still living with bad eyesight and a government disability check, I'm able (praise GOD0 to earn a few bucks here and there doing something I love. And with awesome software like Laughingbird's Creator 7, it makes being creative a whole lot easier and more fun. Whew, I think I'm done...for now. :-)