Stephen was born in London, England. When he was 10 years old, he moved with his family to the US.

He aspired to be a professional artist his whole life and he knew very early on that drawing would be his vocation.

Stephen has designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom” Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

He is the author and artist of 7 self-published books on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing.

In addition to working freelance,  and doing lectures, he is the owner of Silver Drawing Academy, an art school, located in Los Angeles, CA.  He also teaches character design courses online at Schoolism.

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Key Takeaways

“Find out what is it that truly ignites you. Don’t be afraid of failure. Try to learn something new every day from different fields … know you are on the journey, so learn and grow!”

  • Stephen says that our whole life is about the journey and there is no destination. That next awesome job in a big studio? That’s not the end, that’s just part of your journey. That big client you want to work with? Again, just a part of your journey. Don’t settle!
  • People will remember their teachers in life, not academy winners. Stephen remembers, what his parents taught him, what his teachers taught him. That’s what is vitally important in life.
  • Stephen uses ‘batch processing’ to organize his work and life, e.g. every Tuesday is about Skype mentorship calls, every Wednesday is about life drawing, etc. Wallace Wattles – “Don’t do tomorrow’s work today”
  • To find your style, you need to experiment with everything, try things out, everything ties to everything else – guitar, oil painting, anything!
  • Stephen says it is foolish to have only one job in this world. Reality is that you will start to be unfulfilled working for somebody else. You need to have multiple campfires going on and income from different sources. His income sources are from the online school, workshops, live school, apps, books, conventions, and freelance.

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