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Urban Beardsman Interview with Cartoonist Aaron Riddle

I was contacted by the online magazine Urban Beardsman to be interviewed as their featured “Beardsman of the Week” for January 17, 2016. I was humbled to be their selection and had a lot of fun answering their questions.

You can read the interview below or see it over at Urban Beardsman’s website

Aaron Riddle – Beardsman of the Week

January 17, 2016

160115_Aaron_Riddle_Drawing_Bio_Photos-0032-Edit_FINAL_largeWho I Am.

My name is Aaron Riddle. I am a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer and pet-pig owner. Since the ripe old age of two years old I have been drawing cartoons or creating some type of art in one manner or another. I’m happily married with two amazing daughters. We all share a love for creativity, the arts and nature enjoying our time spent together in our home in the woods as a family.

What I Do.

By day I am a Graphic Design and Digital Media Specialist for the best community college in Virginia. After hours I run a custom drawing / cartoon business named Buy a Drawing (

Throughout my school years I could be found at my drawing desk or computer creating artwork…from cartoons and illustrations to digital designs and videos. Of all the drawings I create, I always have the most fun when I make them for someone as a personal request…be it a drawing they want or one they want to give to a friend. I have been told several of my high school friends and college co-workers still have drawings I did for them years ago, and that means a great deal to me.

I have always taken my drawing talents for granted thinking of them as no big deal. However as I have grown older, I have seen how people really enjoy and value my art when I create it for them personally…a one-of-a-kind drawing that no one else can have. So I thought why not let everyone have an opportunity to ask for their own personal drawing? You get a cool, custom drawing and I get to draw in my spare time. That is a win-win in my book!

Where I Live.

I live in the mountains of Winchester, VA which is about 1.5 hours from Washington, D.C. and 2 hours from Baltimore. I was born and raised on the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, MD. After I got married, we decided to trade the water for the mountains and move somewhere in the country to raise a family. We absolutely love it here, and while it is hard work living on a mountain (chopping wood, which is great exercise), I would not trade it for anything.

Why I Beard.

Aside from living in the woods and chopping wood (why WOULDN’T I have a beard?!), it has a deeper meaning to me. I have tried growing a beard here and there over my lifetime, but had been clean shaven for many years after college. A few years ago I had a few life changing experiences that made me realize the absolute importance of family and loved ones, along with being able to love yourself for who you are. This time as I have grown my beard out it serves as a reminder to me to always be a devoted husband and loving father. Everyday I look in the mirror I see someone who is proud of who he is and loves his wife and family very much.




About Aaron Riddle

Aaron Riddle is a professional cartoonist who has been drawing cartoons of all types since the ripe ole age of 2. He is the creator and illustrator of the comic strip AFORD, which ran for 10 years as a weekly web comic strip and appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. He has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and artist for clients all across the country. Aaron is happily married, a proud father of two daughters, and enjoys fitness, the outdoors, and supporting the Navy SEALs.

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