Monday, April 19, 2010
Russ Cox admits he was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee.
Without much in the way of modern conveniences, like a television set or running water, Russ spent his time drawing and whittling away the hours, often dreaming of the joys of a shower.
Having been born into a family with a flair for racing, Russ hoped to be the next Bobby Allison or Richard Petty. After dismantling his grandfather's lawn mower engine; without a clue as to how to get it back together, he came to the realization he did not have an automotive bone in his body. And so returned to the drawing board with his pencil and paper (and sometimes the barn wall).
Roaming much of the South with his family, they moseyed on to Pennsylvania just in time for him to attend high school. While there Russ developed an interest in design and a passion for music. Much to the relief of his automotive shop teacher.
Graduating from a local art college, Russ was employed by various design and ad agencies until coming to his senses. Thanks to his wife giving him a swift kick-start in the rump, he opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, which specializes in illustration, Flash animation, and logo design.
Recently, he and ma packed up the wagon and headed to the wilderness of Maine where they have setup a homestead in Pittsfield. When not drawing, running amok in the snow, or training their four cats to sing "Bohemian Rhapsody", Russ enjoys quiet time with his banjo while taking in the beauty of Maine. Although, his wife, would prefer him to play the triangle or build a sound proof room.