Who is Todd Telander?

selfie by Todd

In this post, I want to share a little about me, and my path to where I am today. So you can know who the heck I am. I was born and raised in Chico, California with no particular attraction to nor gift for art. My college years were spent in Santa Cruz, on the Pacific Coast, where I studied biology with a particular interest in birds, and climbed rock cliffs. I needed a few electives to satisfy my graduation requirement, and I thought a class on “scientific illustration” looked fun. Well, it was fun, and I spent a lot of time learning to draw. I drew crumpled up paper bags, bugs, birds, and a few local cows. Luckily for me, my primary instructor hired me to help him illustrate sea mammals. I was actually getting paid to draw! Next I did pen and ink drawings of endangered California animals for a San Francisco TV company.

early Ringtail illustration

I worked as a freelance illustrator for journals, aquariums, parks, zoos, museums, watch-makers, T-shirt companies, return address label and coffee mugs retailers. I airbrushed humpback whales on vans. One project had me illustrating a dissected human head for reproduction on checks.