Brooke Nicole Olivares, a 2006 Ringling alumni from 'Frisco, is my illustration professor this year. She encouraged me to look at the work of Ralph Goings, among other realist painters. I am working on my own take on the diner scene based on a visit to IHOP. When the waitress found out I was there to shoot artistic reference, she gave me free coffee and alerted me before she bussed any table so I could look at the leftovers. Damn it feels good to be an illustrator.