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Joshua Meehan

Moonshine Girl and the Golden Cat, illustration, Issue 27, June 1, 2014

Joshua Meehan was born in Reno, Nevada on May 9th, 1990 and raised with his five younger siblings in Anchorage, Alaska. Art began at the ripe age of 3, using crayons and markers on the walls and pillows of the house. His parents were always extremely supportive in the pursuit of art. Being home schooled, his parents took full advantage to create an art focused curriculum, which included private art lessons from local art teacher Betty Dye. Joshua and his family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2002. Here he studied fine art at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and attended Ironwood Ridge High School. In 2008 Joshua received the Grand prize in the Congressional Art Contest for his District and earned the honor of Eagle Scout. Later he studied fine art and Illustration at the University of Arizona, and pursued large scale game and film projects creating content and providing leadership for production teams. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he works as a Freelance Illustrator and Concept Artist. Joshua is a winner of the Illustrators of the Future Contest, 2013.

Get to know Joshua...
Birthday? May 9th 

When did you start doing artwork? Passionately since I was 3, professionally since 2012.

When and what and where did you first get published? I first became a published illustrator in April 2013 when I became an Illustrator of the Future Contest winner!

Do you use reoccurring themes or images in your illustrations? I would have to say there is a similar lighting or color scheme to many of my paintings. 

What media do you like to work in? Why? I am primarily a digital artist now, and the reason I've done so much of it is because I can take it anywhere and still make complete paintings, plus Photoshop has a lot of tools to make designs quicker. With that being said I still love to paint in acrylics and draw with inks from time to time.

What artist's work do you most admire? How has this artist's work influenced you? Gah, this question is tough cause its more of a group of artists. Many of them work on Magic the Gathering. For example, Noah Bradley and James Paick, to name a few. 

There are artists who are legends like H.R. Geiger, Frazetta, Moebius, and Syd Mead. Who I look up to and strive to have a voice like they do. A constant struggle for sure.

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