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Cartoonist draws his way, visits Unis

17 Comments 04 June 2013

Chow practices his art.

Chow practices his art. By Zeinab Elmoussaoui
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.

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17 Comments so far

  1. Fatima Jomaa says:

    Wonderful Story Zeinab!!

  2. Khansa Alhaidi says:

    I really liked this story. I love art and it’s really cool that Chow followed his dreams.

  3. ali mokbel says:

    its nice to have a illustrator come to our school and to know that he grew up on the streets of Detroit. its also good to know that he has been a illustrator for 30 years means he must love art a lot.

  4. Saleh Ali 7th grade 7th hour says:

    I was really inspired by this article and facinated by it’s interesting facts about Chows life.

  5. Reanna Hallal ( 7th hour) says:

    I had a chance to meet the famous Dave Chow himself during the after school program. He has inspired me to always never stop trying. After I saw what Dave drew I was also inspired to try and draw some picture similar to his.

  6. Its so cool that he drew that he is so talent

  7. Rodwan elbeshir 3rd hour says:

    Chow is an inspiring man never give up and keep working harder and some day you would probably end up like chow and maybe even better. Good story zainab

  8. Houssein Ajrouche says:

    great story i like to draw to.

  9. adnan aljida 7 th hour says:

    i rember when he came last year

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