I am a life long artist. From the time I could pick up a crayon, I knew that art, in some form, was for me. I've worked as a digital artist for the past 18 years in a variety of roles, from textile designer and graphic designer to illustrator and animator. And they have all been fantastic.
In the last few years I have also been branching out into the non-digital world. The real world. Sometimes, back to the basics and back to the crayons. I have re-discovered sculpture, woodworking, knitting, sewing, painting. Anything. I even tried a little flameworking at the crucible in Oakland. I love it all! The process of making something, and in a few cases even finishing something, is just the best feeling.
I haven't forgotten my digital art world. Actually, I find the combination of the two can be spectacular. My father-in-law bought a laser engraver/cutter, which was cool on it's own, but then I discovered that it ran on vector illustration. (Insert Tim Allen grunt here.) I get to play with lasers! I'd say at least 90% of the illustration that I have done in the last 18 years has been vector illustration. Namely Adobe Illustrator. Safe to say, that I know the program fairly well (I'm trying to be modest here.). Finding out the laser runs on vector, it was like it was designed for me. Well, not solely for me, otherwise Epilog (the brand of the laser) would have had it run off of Mac and Illustrator, not PC and Corel Draw. Seriously, who uses Corel? You can check out my laser designed stuff at www.maurahouston.com.
I am always freelancing, always creating, and always chasing my kids around. Feel free to contact me with any new project ideas.
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