Some children are born with silver spoons in their mouths. I was born with a pencil in my hand. My great uncle taught me the principles of shading before I entered kindergarten, and I learned basic animation techniques from my father, who demonstrated how a drawing of a man holding his hat in two different positions could be animated to appear as if he were actually tipping his hat. I began drawing flip books in the corners of my textbook pages in the first grade. Occasionally, I would get into trouble when we had to surrender our textbooks to our teacher at the end of the school year. Some of the designs became so involved that I would refuse to erase them. The complexity of the flipbook would depend upon the degree of boredom I experienced in the class. I continued my artistic endeavors throughout high school and college, attaining a BFA from Pratt Institute and a MA from the NY Institute of Technology. Upon graduation, textbooks became children’s books, and flipbooks became animation cels. I still draw and render traditionally (although I can also design digitally); I still animate, and I have been known to design a flipbook during an exceptionally boring meeting.