My name is Brian Taborda. I am a 24-year-old with an affinity for putting pen to paper and creating magic. Ever since I was a child I’ve always found myself drawn to drawing. As the years went by, I narrowed my artistic focus and began honing my skills as a cartoonist. Growing up, I always admired the artwork when I would watch my favorite cartoons on T.V. I chose to pursue this style because I was attracted to the freedom that this genre of art offered. Cartoons tend to be funny and ironic. Cartoons are one of the oldest forms of animated entertainment and, despite technological advancement, cartoons have maintained the classic and simplistic design elements that have set the style apart from other forms of artistic expression. These last few years, the political and economical climate in my home country of Venezuela has worsened tremendously. The present situation has motivated me to further develop my illustration skills. I know that if I improve, I will be able to achieve whatever I set my mind to. Choosing to focus on my art means working for commission so that I can earn enough money to escape this socialist dictatorship in Venezuela. I’ve been able to work towards fulfilling my dreams because of the the support that I receive from my family, my girlfriend and my friends. I specialize a style of cartoon illustration that was popular in the 1930’s, however, I like to add a bit of an “underground” or “urban” vibe to the final products. I work primarily using Adobe Illustrator. I typically use the brush and pen tools and draw with the mouse. I hope to one day illustrate using more modern tools but, since the economy of my country is so bad, I can’t afford the proper equipment so I have to use what I have. Fans of my art can look forward to seeing my name agin in the future future as I hope to, one day, release my own clothing line, with stickers, skateboards, etc. that will have my illustrations on them. Of course, I would keep on doing commissions of my drawing for clients who ware interested. My goal is to get more people to start loving and appreciating cartoons, especially the older ones that were the pioneers of this timeless genre. They are the base of everything we have now animation wise.