I have Disney to thank for my interest in illustration. Growing up, I watched all the "classic" animated Disney films. My favorites were the princess movies (naturally). I could watch Fantasia and The Little Mermaid a thousand times over.
And it was my dad who taught me to love working with my hands.
"How to Draw 50 Dogs" was a book in my elementary school library that I was constantly checking out. I mostly traced the dogs... a samoyed, a yorkie, a bull terrier.
With DVDs came "special features." I studied how to draw a horse by Dreamworks' step by step feature on Spirit.
Then came Harvest Moon 64. I wanted to draw all the bachelorettes. High school came along and I was introduced to manga. I compared styles, borrowed a few books, and started building a binder full of sketches.
Nowadays I'm inspired by people, books, film, TV, games, and anime. Music, as always, keeps the mind working and the pen flowing.