Drawing has been my passion since I was a dorky little kid with buck teeth and glasses. I stunk at sports so most of my spare time was spent drawing. I drew hot rods and cartoons on everything – notebooks, church bulletins, napkins, the bottom of my tennis shoes. I did some of my best work on my blue jeans. I couldn’t help myself. I loved to draw.
My inspiration came from the classics – Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle. I loved cars and the guys that designed them, like George Barris, Big Daddy Ed Roth, Tom Daniels, and the great GM designers, Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell. From the world of commercial illustration, my rock stars were Norman Rockwell, J. C. Leyendecker, and Haddon Sundblom. I studied art at Stephen F. Austin State University and then Art Center College of Design where I majored in Industrial Design and Transportation Design. My art career began as a graphic designer working in outdoor ad- vertising, design rms, and advertising agencies including Brookshires Grocery Company in-house advertising department. As Senior Art Director/Partner of Hanson Design we created award winning design solutions. At the same time, we also partnered to form Wattu Wear “Art for the Human Torso” – designing innovative apparel with a nostalgic twist. Some of our creations were featured in Graphis Design Annual.
In 1995, I took the big leap and started Brent Hale Illustration and Design . As an independent illustrator and designer, I work with some of the best companies in the world on a wide range of projects in the elds of enter- tainment, advertising, editorial, and publishing. I get to work on stu that challenges me and allows me to draw inspiration from the very things that made me want to be an artist in the first place.