My background

 

I majored in Technical Illustration at Sheridan College. The three year course included life drawing, object drawing, painting in watercolor and acrylics, reprographics, design, conceptual process, 3D studies and media studies.

In 1992, I graduated well equipped for a career in commercial art - with one exception, digital media. After graduating, I bought my first Macintosh, an LCII with 8MB of RAM and a 150MB hard drive (!) and started on my journey of digital discovery.

2 years later I was fortunate enough to be hired back to Sheridan as an Electronic Media instructor in the Illustration program. I really enjoyed my ten years at Sheridan, teaching a dozen software packages. I had spent over 4000 hours teaching Electronic Media through design and illustration. I loved bringing in current freelance work as real life examples for the students. Only the chance to live abroad could have pulled me away from this. We then lived a decade of life abroad in Brussels and Versailles before settling here in Silicon Valley.

A year in the scene shop at West Valley College lit a fiery passion for scenic art and theatre. It’s the perfect intersection of my strengths in design, drawing, carpentry, fabrication, painting and working with students. Helping to tell stories through scenic art is a natural extension for an illustrator. It brings the art up off the page and into ‘reality’. I’ve done over 30 shows to date and am always thrilled when great direction, music, lighting and acting bring these imagined worlds to life.

Strengths: Versatile creative designer and illustrator. Proven visual communicator and problem solver. 

andrewtheartist@mac.com