My name is George Pratt and I've been a working artist for over 30 years and an educator for 20 of those years.
As a kid I was enamored with comic books and art in general. I learned by emulating my art heroes and it wasn't until I got to art school that I found myself wanting to paint, rather than just do black and white work. Much of what I learned I had to teach myself. This isn't to say that I didn't get some great information from my art school teachers. I did. In fact I had some incredible teachers. But I also surrounded myself with like-minded individuals that wanted to learn the same stuff I was struggling with. So I learned as much from my buddies as I did my teachers.
My graphic novels have been met with critical acclaim and have been translated into over 10 languages. My first graphic novel, "Enemy Ace: War Idyll", about the First World War and Vietnam, was on the required reading list at West Point Military Academy. Awards include the Eisner Award, The France Info Award, The SpeakEasy Award, and a Spectrum Gold Medal, to name a few.
My documentary film about the Mississippi Delta Blues, "See You In Hell, Blind Boy", directed by Steven Budlong, won Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival, and I was included in Walt Reed's book "The Illustrator in America: 1860-2000.
My work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India and Japan, and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world.
I'm honored to be a part of this grand experiment. The information students will be receiving is the best in the world by the people who practice what they preach for a living.