Artist First, Photographer Second.
Even though photography takes up most of my time, I will always consider myself an artist first. I consider photography an art form in itself, but I got my start with drawing. I was one of those kids who never stopped drawing from the time they first picked up a crayon as a toddler. I was drawing profile pictures of the starship Enterprise when I was 5 years old. In middle school, I was the geeky kid on the school bus with his head buried into his notebook sketching pictures of Transformers and Voltron...the lion Voltron, not the other crappy one.
My skills really began to evolve in college, where I was first surrounded by other artists. My high school's art program was terrible. When it came to my work, it was as if the teacher really didn't care. In college, I learned as much if not more from friends and fellow students than I did from professors.
I do some digital illustration as well, but nothing will ever take the place of good old pencil and paper. I like to draw celebrity portraits to help keep my skills sharp. I also do drawings on commission. I charge $30 per hour and each drawing takes an average of 6-8 hours to complete. I usually work in sizes between 11 x 14 and 16 x 20, but can do just about any size. Larger drawings take longer of course.