Star Wars R4 Starfighter
"Let me introduce myself."
My name is Todd Cowden. If I had my choice, my wish, I would not be labeled as a web designer, or a graphic designer, or a programmer, or even as a composer or even a CEO. I would be known simply as, a creator. I guess I'd be a modern day renaissance guy. I like to write, compose music, digitally paint and if 3d art would count as sculpting, then you could include that as well.
My background spans a wide range of interests. When I was 8, my dad brought home our first computer. It was a TRS-80 Model I computer, complete with 14k of RAM and a cassette drive. Shortly thereafter I began programming (I had to do something...there weren't many games for the TRS-80). I began playing the piano at age 6. I would play songs by ear that I had heard on the radio or in the movies. And rumor has it I've drawn since I could hold a crayon, but I can't attest to that.
From the beginning I've always been interested in creating things. I began writing computer programs when I was 8. I wrote my first song when I was 10 (it never quite made the top 40 countdown). And when I was I 8, I had my own private comic strip, "The Wizard of Id". The only difference now is, my toys cost more, my friends are taller, and occasionally I get paid for the things I create.
Children create so many things. Drawings. Paintings. Crafts. Or my favorite, the super-battle-cruiser-starship made from 90% legos and 10% found items from their bedroom floor and under the couch (3% of which never make it back to the toybox). Somehow, as we 'mature', business meetings and progress reports take precedence over our creative side. Which is a shame. Because if we could hold on to that spark of creativity. If we had only half of the imagination of our childhood days, after all the years of high school, college and life experiences. Just imagine the super-battle-cruiser-star-ship we could build now.