about Jeffrey JohnsonWhen I was in high school, I wanted nothing more than to be a muppeteer. I studied every book I could find, drew pictures, built several small puppets. Somewhere along the line though I realized that I enjoyed designing and making things more than I enjoyed performing. So I did the only sensible thing, and got a degree in printmaking.

The desire to tell stories with my artwork has remained a constant inspiration for me, and  has led me to focus on storytelling, childhood memories and a sense of adventure. These days I work mostly in pencil and paint instead of ink and presses, and while I’ll probably never get to perform with Kermit, at least I can take comfort in the fact that my house is a lot like the Happiness Hotel…

Full of talking rats.

I started working as a graphic Illustrator in 2006, designing lapel pins, medals and coins for Little League and Soccer teams, as well as marathons and corporate events. The thing about that kind of illustration work is it leads one to draw quite a few things that they wouldn’t necessarily draw on their own. The best way to learn to draw a lot of things, is to draw a lot of things. Unexpectedly, this work also led me to do work designing catalogs and flyers as well as pitch documents, pdfs, and source books for game companies. I found that I enjoy using those skills to help communicate other peoples stories too!