In Arch 105 and 205 I teach students how practice and think about 2D and 3D design, and then how to illustrate their designs using industry graphic conventions. I lead students through a variety of methods and media including 3D models, traditional models, pens, pencils, markers, watercolor and graphics software. My goal is to set my students up for success in communicating their design work both in future studio classes and in their professional life.
Continuing to support and guide my students outside of the classroom is important so I am involved in both the OCC Illustration and Architecture clubs as well as continuing the dialog through a dedicated Facebook page for students and alumni. Through these groups I have led field trips to creative studios and schools in Los Angeles as well as tours of downtown LA, the Huntington Gardens and the Getty Center.
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sketchup.
Coastline Community College
ART C120 Drawing 1
ART C130 Experimental Drawing
Art C140 Advanced Drawing
In 2014 I led a group of students in an exceptional life experience of learning to draw while living in the most influential creative and historic city: Rome. My goal was to not only teach them how to draw and paint but open their hearts and minds to an expanded world view of other cultures and their historical influences.
In addition to designing the curriculum and teaching the students various drawing techniques on location and in the classroom, I researched, organized, coordinated and marketed the study abroad program. This included creating websites for marketing, blogging and community building, creating videos, logos, graphics and print work. The program ended up being such an over-the-top success that I am planning a second trip Summer of 2017.
Media: Graphite, colored pencil, color marker, pen, watercolor
Atomic Blue Digital Illustration and Website Agency
Atomic Blue is my digital studio I have been directing for 16 years serving businesses and nonprofits both large and small from The Walt Disney Company and Oakley to local Mom and Pops. We create websites, product illustrations, marketing collateral, promotional videos and infographics. You can find much more about what Atomic Blue does and see examples at AtomicBlueDesign.com.
Software: Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Hype
Content Management Systems: WordPress, Expression Engine
Real Color is the Illustration studio I run alongside Atomic Blue. Real Color is focused on serving Developers, Architects, Builders, Event Planners and Marketing Consultants in the building industry. I create concept art, architectural illustrations and marketing graphics to help clients visualize and market their ideas. You can discover more about Real Color at RealColorStudio.com.
Software: Software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
I love creating beautiful things solely so that others and I can enjoy them. I don’t publish or show my work professionally. The reward is in the process and the work.
One constant love has been location sketching. Most recently, I painted a sketchbook full of watercolors while spending a month in Italy. Location sketching helps me see and understand a place in a way I can’t in my studio. I need to do more.
My personal work is where I enjoy taking on new challenges that involve learning new methods and techniques. I consider this adding to my tool kit and giving me more creative breadth and depth to pass on to my students. I can’t think of a media I haven’t had fun experimenting in. You can see some examples below.
I grew up nearby in Huntington Beach and now live with my wife, son and daughter in Costa Mesa with my extended family just minutes away. For my family and I, exploring the world around us is important so we have alternated camping throughout the national parks in the West and visiting some of the major metropolitan cities such as London, Rome, Venice, New York and San Francisco.
Education is also a core value for my family. My wife and I are both educators and my son and daughter are top students each year at their schools. We both like to contribute by volunteering our time for our local school foundations. My goal is to transition away from my design businesses in order to be a full-time educator.
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