Hi everyone. After a year of lurking on this site, I am finally a member. I'm a 20 year old former student of Texas A&M. I was working on getting a degree in mechanical engineering, but decided that waasn't exciting enough for me. I decided to drop out and enlist in the Marines. Now, I'm just counting down the days until I leave for boot camp in January and working my piddly job at Pizza Hut. I plan on finishing my degree later, but now is just not the time for it. I've been reading and drawing fantasy for as long as I can remember. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are by far my favorite. I grab pretty much any fanasty book I cna get my hands on, and am able to draw inspiration from them. I discovered the use of charcoal sticks last year and fell in love with it. Most of my work is done in pencil or charcoal although I occassionally dabble with pastels, paints, or colored pencil. Hopefully my gallery will grow at a steady pace and will show constant improvement over time. I'm pleased to be a member of the Elfwood community and am glad to be a contributor to this great site.