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Shawn Gillis is my name and illustration is my game!

Hello there!

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

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 study more realistic figures, environments, landscapes, and portraiture.

While there's always room for improvement, I've gotten pretty good at capturing the essence
of many art styles even if it takes a bit of effort to get there.

Each creative project is a little like the whole of life - the greater the effort, the better the results.

To that end - and 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, how I got that way, and what you can expect
if you choose to work with me!

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

I enjoyed it!

Like most kids, I was enthralled with television and movies.
Unlike other kids, when I was 8 years old, I told my father,

“I want to be an actor; a director! A producer! Everything! I want to make movies!”

 

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

 

“Well...”

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.

Local television audiences got to see their neighbors' automotive dreams come true in a show my brother and I produced for local access called RIDES!

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.

It turned out that 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 shows 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.

Artistic folks are often a little different from most of the others around them
and I don't have to tell you how complicated life can be.

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 seriously and most days are pretty good.

You know something, though?

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

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