born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in New York City. I am the
Father of 4 and Grandfather of 6.
Les Evans (Dramads).
Though I have always
had the ability (?) to draw, I have always worked for a living. I have never
thought of a career or for that matter making a job from my artistic abilities.
I am basically, self-taught,
only a few years of formal art training, some 20 years ago, and then I quit.
I started drawing again,
about 7 years ago, for amusement. It was also at this time, I was struggling
with a 'benign tremor' in my drawing hand, after a few years of trying to draw
with a shaky hand, and I switched. The drawing was actually easier, better; some
of my earlier drawings were started left and finished right.
I have had enthusiasm
for fantasy artwork, ever since I bought my first Frank Frazetta book (I have
them all). I was, for a time, intimidated by what I viewed on those pages. The
beauty of fantasy allows a freedom that no other type of artwork can; just make
the image weird, dark, violent, lusty, whatever, total freedom of ones'
imagination. No other type of work held my interest and eventually, the drawings
started. I have just kept plugging and the work is progressing.
Sometimes images come
creeping in, in the dark of night and they stay with me until I sketch them out.
Others develop from doodling in the sketchbook; some are combinations of 2 or
more sketches whatever works. I put something down on paper everyday. I know
where I want to go with my work, the direction I want to follow... you'll just
have to stick around, if you like and see what comes up.
I freely admit to not
being a 'establish' artist, but it sure is cool to see my name in among the true
'Giants' in the field of Fantasy Artwork throughout the Internet.
I now live near
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, with my wife Shirley and 2 Irish Setters,
Bearen and Scarlett.