Kip Mussatt is a self taught artist currently residing in Chandler, AZ, who grew up mainly in the mid-west, specifically Hutchinson, Kansas - now home to the Smallville Comic Convention. He later studied electrical engineering while in the Air Force ROTC scholarship program at Kansas State, but didn't quite fit the military status quo.
Kip drew in his early years everything from Viking ships to planes and rockets. He never picked up a paintbrush until college when his mother, Sandra, grew allergic to her oil paints and gave them to him. His first painting was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and he has been painting people ever since.
Boris and Frazetta where his early influences and studies. Later picking up influences from Luis Royo, Dorian Clevenger, and most recently his senpai, Lorenzo Sperlonga. He later switched from traditional canvas and oil to acrylics and paper because canvas couldn't capture the fine detail he wanted and oils took to long to dry.
Currently a freelance artist and illustrator, he also serves as the artist and art director for an indie comic - The DOZD, published in Mesa, AZ., is a featured artist/columnist for the pop-culture magazine - The WOD, has been published in an international book of fantasy art - Infected By Art, and has just recently finished illustrating a book cover for soon to be published, Ashes To Phoenix. His work can be seen at various comic convention and art shows from Southern California to Missouri.
His fourth grade teacher, Mr. Nelson wouldn't let him draw in his spare time in school. When Kip asked, "But what if I want to be an artist someday?" Mr. Nelson replied, "Don't worry, you won't be." Well, Mr. Nelson, Here's to you! Remember - never give up on your dreams!