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Preston C. graduated with a B.A. in Applied Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for two years as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an artist.
There he got involved in the world of computer graphics and his art took on a more digital feel. He used the medium to explore fantasy themes in his art. Because of his experience in computer graphics, he moved to Norway and then to England, where he worked as a computer artist, and was honored with a one-man exhibit in London at the EC Gallery. The Norwegian magazine “Fotografix” published some of his digital art.
In 1999, as a result of doing scenic background work for the Road Theatre Co. and mural work for the International Community Service Day Foundation, he was hired to work on the Paris Casino in Las Vegas creating faux finishes. As a result of the caliber of his work, he was hired to work on a 60,000 sq. ft. shopping center located in Tokyo called Venus Fort. He moved to Japan for 7 months. Photographs of his work on Venus Fort were published in the Japanese architectural magazine, “Shoten Kenchiku.” While in Japan, he absorbed their art and culture and met the Ainu people, the original inhabitants of Japan.
After returning to the United States, he started his own faux finish and mural company called “Living Finishes” and was hired by the Susan Krieg studio to help create a mural honoring Bob Barker for the television show, “The Price is Right,” at CBS Studios. In addition, he was involved in creating a series of murals on Hollywood Blvd. called the “Hollywood Night Gallery,” which garnered tremendous community support and recognition from the Los
Angeles City Council.
During this time, he continued to work on his painting and illustration. After the discovery of his Choctaw ancestry (his great-great-grandmother was of the Choctaw nation), his art took on a deeper, spiritual tone. Inspired by his mom, who was a registered nurse involved in social issues, he used his art skills to work with incarcerated youth at a detention facility in Lancaster, CA and at an alternative school for students, who had been kicked out of their local schools because of behavioral problems. He continued his involvement with social issues by getting involved in helping the homeless, the hungry, runaways and people who had substance abuse problems, through an organization called Blood Brothers.
He continues to freelance as an illustrator/computer graphic artist and an Art Instructor in the Los Angeles area. His award winning work continues to be exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Presently, he is looking to publish his first children’s book, “The Goggle-Eyed Green Hairy Monster and Me”. He is an avid artist rights advocate and has been recognized by the Los Angeles City Council for his volunteer work and contribution to the growth of the arts in L.A. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and he earned his M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University in January of 2012. One of his illustrations was recently chosen as a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.
I have worked in InDesign for over 10 years and before that I used Quark X-press. I've designed flyers, postcards, invitations, brochures, catalogs, posters CD jackets, POP displays, business cards and corporate identity and marketing materials.
In the 25+ years I have practiced as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer, I have designed a multitude of flyers, brochures,catalogs, postcards, newsletters, stationary, etc. in my role as a Desktop Publisher using InDesign, Quark, Illustrator and Photoshop. I have created work for Disney, the San Fernando Valley Arts Council, Totally Artistic and many others.
I have my MFA in illustration and have spent the past 30+ years sketching and drawing. I can take the student from the beginning basics of drawing (simple line, caricature, contour drawing, etc.) to more advanced drawing techniques (perspective, shade & shadow, cross hatching, principles and elements of design, technical, etc.) with a multitude of drawing implements (charcoal, pen & ink, conte crayon, etc.) in a wide variety of subject matter.
I have my MFA in illustration and have spent the past 30+ years painting in acrylic and watercolor. I can take the student from the beginning basics of painting (color theory, mixology, materials usage, brush usage and materials, etc.) to more advanced painting techniques (atmospheric perspective, shade & shadow, defining form, principles and elements of design, painting mediums, etc.) as they apply to a wide variety of subject matter.
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