Jon McLaughlin was born in 1980 in a little town called Carlsbad, New Mexico. He grew up in the National Park system with lots of back yard to play in. They moved around a lot, meaning friends were scarce. He quickly made friends out of G.I Joes, Transformers, and small imaginative drawings. In the spirit of creation, Jon studied Illustration at the University of Arizona and graduated with a BFA in 2002. He now lives in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Although his career as a professional illustrator is just starting to take off, Jon's work has already been used for a book cover - "Our Time in the Sun" (Coldtree Press) and album artwork for the 32 Leaves album "Welcome to the Fall" (DoubleBlind Records).