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Forrest Young  
Drawing & Drumming = Life!
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Forrest Young began his art career while still in elementary school, creating pen & ink sales item images for the shops at Colonial Williamsburg’s winter catalogs. While attending middle school, he drew several full-color illustrations for WEBCO International’s annual report. As a teenager, Forrest began apprenticing with local muralist Happy The Artist, assisting him with the completion of several large-scale jobs for Heilig Meyers and MCV Hospital.

After graduating second in his class from Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Communication Arts & Design program, Forrest went on to study with Mark English, Gary Kelly, Sterling Hundley, Greg Spalenka, Anita Kunz, and George Pratt at The Illustration Academy, receiving a scholarship. That same year, he got into the Society of Illustrators showcase.

Over the years, Forrest has passionately shared his love of art as a teacher: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the public schools systems of Henrico, Fairfax, Lynchburg, and Chesterfield, as well as every library branch in Virginia.

His artwork has been featured in: The Society of Illustrators, Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and CMYK Magazine.

Forrest’s series, “Lyric Portraits,” is a conceptual approach to drawing, which he has used to imbue his works with more meaning. His portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr., composed of James Taylor’s lyrics to, “Shed A Little Light.” was autographed by the songwriter. PBS stations have used his lyric portrait of Mr. Rogers & Jeff Erlanger singing, “It’s You I Like,” to promote their annual Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive.

One of Forrest’s biggest musical influences was drummer, Neil Pear (Rush). After his passing in 2020, Peart’s family asked to use Forrest’s lyric portrait at a charity auction.

Forrest currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Holly with their two dogs, Marf and Lilly, and their two cats, Emilio and Peeta.
Forrest Young
Off-site, Freelance/contract
Illustration, Art Direction
Exhibit, Education
POST DATE: 01.25.2020
Richmond, VA
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