The first time I ever saw Brian was doing a life drawing demo at DragonCon in 2008. I was really impressed with both his skill at drawing and his skill at explaining things. He has a gentleness you have to see to believe, combined with an incredibly obvious passion.
The second time was at Free Comic Book Day in Charlotte, NC in 2010. I asked him to draw me Alfred from Batman, he was completely into it, and it remains one of my favorite comic book sketches. He also gave some of the best advice to a kid I've ever heard about drawing, and I have since given it myself. "Your mistakes will wind up being your style. Make as many mistakes as you can, as often as you can, and the ones you like will become who you are as an artist."
The third time was when he came to my university for a 4 day workshop on painting comic books. It remains the best class I had at my school in the entire 4 years I was there.
In case you can't tell, I have a lot of respect for this man.
Seth Rutledge is a visual developer and concept artist for the animation and video game industries, a photographer and a coffee snob living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before he discovered illustration, he received a CSCI/Math degree from UNC-Charlotte, and has lived and worked all over the United States and Canada. He has run marathons, taught English in Japan, been CTO for a pharma marketing company and done fashion photography in NYC. Seth has two albums he wrote and played keyboards on, and he plays the theramin whenever he gets the chance. Seth spends so much time in coffee shops drawing that he is mentioned in online reviews. He would love a career drawing elves and goblins for a living.