Shawn Gillis is my name and illustration is my game!

Hello there!

I'm Shawn Gillis - aka VirtualSG here on the internet!

I was born in Massachusetts, 1967, which means I grew up in the 1970s and boy-howdy,

I enjoyed it!

I've always enjoyed drawing and making cartoons.
My strength lies in designing fun cartoon characters,
from the cute and cuddly variety to the strange and beastly sort.
I'm familiar with the fundamentals of animation as well.

I also enjoy challenging myself with exercises to expand my skill set to include
rendering more realistic imagery, landscapes, and portraiture.

But since this is the ABOUT PAGE,
I'll offer a couple of anecdotes that should give you a bit of insight
as to what kind of person I am and how I got that way!

When I was 8 years old, I told my father,

“I want to be an actor; a director! A producer!

I want to make movies!”


“Do you know what a producer does?” father asked.



I was stumped.

I was 8 yrs old and there was no internet. 
I knew it was something featured prominently in the opening credits of all the movies I saw.
But I
didn't know what a producer did, actually.


Father told me.  “He's the guy who comes up with all the money.”

That was the last time I discussed making movies with my father.

By the latter part of the 1980s, it occurred to me that I was kind of a winner -

despite multiple circumstances and influences that should have contradicted that outcome.

And with this prevailing attitude, I pursued many creative projects, big and small. 

In 1993 I managed to publish this crazy comic book

When the internet became a thing... can you guess what I did?

I produced more stuff. I fully realized what a producer actually was.
Not so much the person with all the money, but a person who finds a way.

I moved to California in 2005.

There was a time when I was on course to becoming a hot-shot producer in Los Angeles,
but... it's not the 70s anymore - or even the 80s.

The world has changed so much.

My dream of working in the entertainment industry was much more about the nostalgia
of watching cartoons and old monster movies on TV in the 1970s
than it was about actually producing contemporary features for modern audiences.

It's the classic story of a boy who got what he wanted and then realized it's not what he wanted after all.

I don't have to tell you how complicated life can be.

I live with weird insecurities and I've been flat broke and back again several times over -
but I've maintained my integrity as a producer of “stuff” through thick and thin.

VirtualSG.com is about my work as a designer/illustrator/Cartoonist/Clown.

I try not to take myself very seriously and most days are pretty good.

You know something, though?

I still think about making movies sometimes. Maybe someday...