Unis Middle School
Dave Chow, a teacher and freelance illustrator, visited the after-school photography program at Unis Middle School, earlier this year, and shared some of his life experiences.
Chow is a 47-year-old illustrator and teacher at CCS, the College for Creative Studies. He himself graduated from there in 1987 with a degree in Graphic Design.
Chow grew up in Detroit. He’s been working on illustrations and storyboards for about 30 years. Chow was inspired by people who want to draw, love drawing, and parents who supported him. He’s also worked with rap star Eminem, has made Little Caesar flyers and much more.
When Chow was in high school, he almost went into journalism. “I loved writing. Toss that in with some artistic skills, I had all sorts of intentions of becoming an editorial cartoonists for the newspapers,” says Chow. But CCS and the world opened up to Chow and he discovered so many other opportunities he could create with his art. Chow says he didn’t forget about his journalistic roots. “It comes handy to me at certain times,” he says.
Chow considers all his projects interesting, and he doesn’t have any favorites because every time he starts to draw its unique. Chow tries to enjoy each piece he works on.
A long time ago, Chow won something called the Caddy Award, which was given to him by the Detroit Creative Council. Chow’s worked on people’s projects who have won awards such as Grammys, and Academy Awards.
Chow has some hobbies as well. He and his wife have a tiki collection, and he also collects other things like original comic art, toys, and books galore. In addition, Chow travels.
“Be ambitious in this lifetime and enjoy it to its fullest, ” Chow advises.