About The Artist
Who is this Kip guy anyway?
Kip Mussatt is a self-taught artist currently residing in Mesa, AZ, who grew up mainly in the Midwest; specifically Hutchinson, Kansas - now home to the Smallville Comic Convention. He later studied electrical engineering 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 were his early influences and studies. Later on, he was influenced by artists Luis Royo, Dorian Clevenger, and most recently his senpai, 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.
Kip is 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. Kip is a featured artist/columnist for the pop-culture magazine - The WOD. He is also published in an international book of fantasy art titled Infected By Art. He recently finished illustrating a book cover for the soon-to-be-published title: Ashes To Phoenix. His work can be seen at various comic conventions and art shows across the United States.
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!