Once described by his grad school professors as “The Bouncer at the Only Bar in Hell,” Steve Howard was born and raised in the rough-and tumble streets of Southeast Washington, DC. He received a BA in Visual Communications from Virginia State University in 1996, and continued his studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design, where he received his MFA in Sequential Art in 2001.
In the 12 years since, he has worked on character designs, logos, storyboards, book illustrations, and sketch card art for companies such as TOPPs, WilliamWorks Publishing, and FedEx. When he’s not drawing, he can be found either lurking around the bars of Capitol Hill, or coaching high school wrestling, both of which give him an excuse to throw people around like a demonic bouncer, and thus prove his professors right.
Steve says: “I grew up in Washington, DC, not a place known as a creative mecca. My love of drawing, and comics in general came from the DC, Marvel, and Archie comics my older brother and sister left strewn all over our bedroom floor.
The thing which struck me the most back then, even as a small child was the sense of STORY…how an artist could convey events and ideas through art alone. In all the years since those childhood days, I’ve worked to develop those skills within myself.
There’s nothing I like more than having someone look at a picture of mine, just the picture with no words, and laugh, or say, ‘I get it!’ In some ways, I think it’s the reason we do what we do.”
If you would like to see more of Steve’s work you can check out his portfolio, blog, and deviantart.