Kip Mussatt is a self taught artist currently residing in Chandler, AZ, who grew up mainly in the mid-west, specificially 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 and studies. Later picking up influences from Luis Royo, Dorian Clevenger, and 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 too long to dry. Even now, he keeps a hair dryer near his worktable because, "Sometimes the acrylic just doesn't dry fast enough."
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, and has been published in an international book of fantasy art - Infected By Art. His work can be seen at various comic convention and shows from Southern California to Kansas.
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!