What I like to do?

                     Humorous and Conceptual Illustration                      
I love visual problem solving, especially if there is a conceptual element to it. If I can create art that makes the viewer smile and think a bit, I am in heaven. Cutesy, I am not. So if you are looking for an illustration of puppies riding unicorns under rainbows through warm brownie fields, then you better look elsewhere, unless they are being shot at by a cyclops with a potato cannon. I have been compared to a perverted Gary Larson, which I'll take as a compliment. If you want to get some attention by pushing the envelope a bit, I am your guy. 

What I have done?

  Professional Experience

2002 - Present     Vash Designs Greeting Cards                www.vashdesigns.com 
Founder and Creative Director

I developed my own line of humorous greeting cards that I sell in over 2000 stores nationwide and abroad. 
Responsible for coming up with concept, illustrating and delivering a print ready file.

2007- Present       Yogarat                                                    www.yogarat.com
Founding Partner 
Developed the brand's logo, created mat designs, collateral, advertising, social media, etc  

1993 - 2014    Freelance Illustration and Design
Gun for Hire   Projects included storyboarding, logo design, comp art, background design, book covers, whatever
Clients: Pickett Advertising, Morgan Interactive, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Hasbro Toys, Saatchi & Saatchi, 
King’s Road Entertainment, HarperCollins, Microsoft Network, Highway 1 Communications,  McCann-Erickson, J. Walter Thompson,
Hal Riney, Inc., Seidel O’Neil, Butler Shine & Stern, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Gardner Geary Coll & Young

1990 - 1993    Walt Disney Feature Animation            
Layout Artist  

Productions:  Beauty and the Beast (uncredited, trainee), Aladdin, Roger Rabbit Trail Mix-Up

Developed the workbook/story sketch into a working background for animation. This includes staging the animation, designing the background in accordance with the film style, indicating camera angles and moves, lighting the scene and cleanup.

Drawing Instructor

2014        Venice Arts - Mentored at risk youth in youth Summer program to create a comic book
1997        Hal Riney, Inc.- Instructed class for Advertising Art Directors to improve their drawing skills. 
1994        Academy of Art College - Structured and instructed third year illustration class.
1991        Art Center College of Design - Instructed basic life drawing fundamentals to high school students.    


1986 - 89    Art Center College of Design           Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
1985 - 85    Arizona State University                  One Semester of Industrial Design before I had to run out of that State.
1983 - 85    Northeastern University                   Communication Studies - Got a wicked good education
1998 - 99    Academy of Art College                   Continuing Education, Advertising Design

Conceptual Problem Solving, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Traditional Illustration, Digital Illustration, Logo Design, Graphic Design,

Additional Skills

  Neurotic worrying, Riding a Ducati, recycling things that are questionable, drunk buying on Amazon, never getting fitted sheets to fit