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Check out Bryan Duddles’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Duddles.

Bryan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a freelance illustrator from Chicago, currently residing in Tucson, AZ. I started my career, right after attending Buffalo Grove High School and the Academy of Art, working for small art related businesses as a production artist. In the mid 80’s, I got a job with a toy manufacturer, Marchon Inc., in Arlington Heights and after a few years of supervising freelance artist’s I decided to begin my own freelance art business. The early clients were small printers and advertising agencies. The business expanded and included clients such as Elope. Inc., Hasbro, Revell/Monogram, Santa Monica Press and Tootsietoy. I have also been very successful with my fine art paintings, pen & ink drawings and sculptures.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My Father was an architect and my Mother was a commercial artist/professional framer. They were the greatest influence in my desire to become an artist. My Mother always encouraged me to make handmade gifts for Birthdays and she made her own Christmas cards which inspired me to create my own Christmas greetings for over thirty years. I have been creating art works in many different mediums including digital art, pencil drawings, pen & ink renderings, sculptures, watercolor paintings and wood carvings. My goal in creating art is to generate images that leave the viewer with smile, a laugh or simply just get lost in the image.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Don’t be afraid to experiment. At one point in time, I found a unique art gallery called Thunderstruck in Colorado Springs with very tall ceilings, so I started making large, hanging Papier-mâché sculptures. They sold very well and I had a hard time keeping up with the demand for them. Never give up and just keep creating!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My art is displayed on my web site,,,, and I also sell some of art at

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Image Credit:
toytruck.jpg Copyright © Tootsietoy
cliffdwelling.jpg Copyright © Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum

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