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Raised on the south side of Chicago, a childhood dream of Erik’s was becoming a Disney cartoonist, being able to draw Mickey Mouse and friends as a career. His dream was the fuel that lead him to pick up his first pencil. While growing up, drawing and doodles were everything, o en choosing this over schoolwork.
Knowing school was important however, he took a few courses in animation from Columbia College Chicago and later went on to attend Westwood College. It was here that Erik received an AA in Graphic Design and Multimedia, graduating at the top in his class. After receiving his associate's degree Erik then decided nearly a decade later to make the return back to Westwood College for his BA in Game Art and Design.
Continuing his work as an artist, Erik has also participated in five independent comic books and more than one series of comic strips. Some of which were published in the Aurora local newspaper for over a year. Erik is currently writing and illustrating his own series of children’s books based on his children Mia and Lincoln which he is hard at work on.