Hi! I'm Brett DeWall. Nice to meet you in that strange internet sorta way.
I learned pretty early on in my childhood that drawings could make people smile or laugh, so I just kept doing it. I went to Art Center College of Design, got a BFA in Illustration, and thought for sure I was going to get into the world of animation.
That didn't happen.
After numerous interviews and rejections with companies in Los Angeles, I realized that I really didn't care for the city itself. To pay off student loans and live a generally happy life, I decided to stay in San Diego and work as a graphic designer. Eventually, I got a job as a Video Content Creation Specialist where I got to turn another one of my hobbies (film-making) into a full time job. I made commercials, motion graphics, convention visuals, and animations. Lots of learning was achieved and I loved it, but in the back of my head I always had been wanting to get back to drawing.
The decision to go full time with Pets by Brett was made for me in the summer of 2018 after getting caught up with a third big layoff at my company. Luckily for me, I had just married my hard working wife Shalyn. With her support, I decided to push all my chips in and become a full time illustrator focusing on pets. That eventually led me to writing/illustrating my first childrens book "Dogs! A Through BreedZ" (Now available on Amazon!)
My wife and I currently live in Carlsbad, CA. When I'm not up in my head about this business, I enjoy running, writing, escape rooms, making/watching movies, petting animals, and playing music.