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Growing up in Knoxville Tennessee Steve Stanley knew he wanted to be an artist since he was a little kid. “I started drawing when I was four and a half. The first image I drew was Donald Duck,” stated Stanley.
After twenty-five years in the area including spending time at the 411 Raceway in Seymour Stanley moved to Atlanta to attend art school. He and his wife decided to stay and make Atlanta their home but not before a short stint in Wabosh, Indiana where Stanley worked for what was the #1 t-shirt company in the country. Stanley states, “They had the exclusive licensing agreement to produce the Batman t-shirts from the movie. I got to know the art directors well while working there, but I couldn’t stay. My wife is a micro-biologist and there just wasn’t any work for her there so we moved back to the Atlanta area.” Stanley said that the art directors liked his work so much that they asked him to do freelance work for them, which gave him the opportunity to venture out on his own.
Then came the turning point. “I was going to the Chicago Comic Con, a big comic show in 1994. I heard the Editor-in-chief of DC Comics, Mike Carlin, was going to be there. I also heard that he really liked Lois and Clark. So I drew a picture of Lois and Clark adding tissue to the top for effect. That way he would have to actually lift the tissue to see the image. He took one look at it, called over an assistant and hired me on the spot.” Stanley says his work deviated from the mainstream using lots of color, which he felt added to his work’s popularity. “My work was great for cover art and for merchandising opportunities. I think DC Comics liked that.”
Since that time Stanley has continued with his freelance work as well as working on special projects for DC Comics. Other work came including creating artwork for the Kenner Toy Co. with the images for the Batman Forever and the Legends of Batman series. Stanley was commissioned to produce a series of Star Trek plates entitled “Life of Spock.”
Reflecting on his work Stanley states, “I lend my talents to lots of genre of art from t-shirts to paper. I eventually want to produce my own line and create my own characters for merchandising and licensing.” With Stanley’s talent, I don’t think that will be to far in the future.
You can visit Stanley’s website by going to www.stanleyart.com.

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