There is very little in my career that I haven’t done. I could wow you with tales of being a graphic designer, a sports photographer, a painter, an animator and a background artist. I could elaborate on the fact that I’ve done everything from waiting tables, retail sales, computer repair, to managing an animation art gallery. If we were talking, I might be inclined to say something along the lines of, did you know that I worked in U.S. Customs, or as a branch manager for a national company. I was a retail store manager not to mention pretty much anything and everything in-between.
If I was the kind of guy who would name drop; I might say: I attended the best art schools. Studying with some of the worlds most respected and admired artists and designers. I might tell you about my adventures at Art Center, the University of the Arts, MICA, or SCAD. At the risk of sounding self aggrandizing, I might say: I was a WB Animator, an intern at the Simpsons, or the that I pitched shows to HBO, Showtime and Cartoon Network.
I could go on and on about my passion for education, student success, and how design education, in its current state, is failing this generation of designers and needs serious reform.
I can tell you tales of how all of those experiences help me run three successful small businesses and drive my passion for teaching. I could tell you that I’m well known and respected business owner, but you’ve probably already guessed that.
All of this leads to SOCONA, a freelancers most valuable resource.
If Ya Get To Know Me…
Ya just might like me
We have always been in this fight, sometimes even within our own families or with our friends. We have always been strong in our convictions that creating art is what we were born to do. Making art is THE reason I exist. When the nuclear winter comes, and it will sooner than we think, if I must take up a stick and draw in the dust, I will. If I lose my hands and sight, I will make art in some way, some fashion. I was drawing before I could write my name, and meet the great beyond with a pencil or pen in my hand. I AM AN ARTIST and I always will be.
As we move deeper into the storm, know that I passionately believe and stand behind two principles:
You can and should make money from art and design…that’s not a bad thing at all! It should be embraced not vilified.
The function of art and design is to challenge, to hold a mirror up to society. The function of the artist is to be unafraid of any challenge, my challenge is to be worthy….
I promise you I will:
Fight for artists rights everywhere.
Do whatever I have to ensure that artists (anyone) aren’t censored or silenced by narrow minded bigots afraid of the truth or reality.
Work to promote the image of the artists around the world
work to provide the best arts education I can in a way that is best for the students.
Work for the betterment of all artists, everywhere.
The future can be a frightening place. But it doesn't have to be. We have always been in this fight; the difference this time being what we imagined is now real. Know that...
We are legion. We are mass. We are artists and we will not be silenced, now or ever!
ADOBE CERTIFIED ASSOCIATE
ACADEMY OF ART
San Francisco, GA
Digital Arts Dept.
Huntington Beach, CA
ROP Digital Arts & Animation
THE DESIGN OFFICE
ART | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT
WARNER BROS. ON-LINE
DIGITAL ARTIST & ANIMATOR
I'm irish, so i love to fight...for artists
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IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF!
A FEW RANTINGS AND RAVINGS
You know me, I love to talk...that's why social media is perfect....I can rant,rave and talk about design and comics all day....literally!
ABOUT BRANDS, DESIGN, COMICS...
THAT'S MORE A REQUEST, THAN A COMMAND!