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My name is Mike. I am an experienced digital illustrator/designer. I have worked in the advertising, corporate and publishing fields. For the last eight years I have been teaching typography at Pratt Institute in New York City. During that time I provided students with lesson plans, assignments, tests and field trips. I am comfortable speaking to individuals or large groups of people. Currently I am teaching Adobe Illustrator to continuing education students at a nearby school. I help the students understand this software and its features. We create illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps and anything that the student thinks will help him/her get a better understanding of the program.
Professionally, I have created complicated maps, diagrams and graphics for Fortune 500 companies like H. J. Heinz and Kimberly-Clarke. International law firms have asked me to create litigation support (diagrams, transcripts, and charts) for major trials. I enjoy using Adobe Illustrator to create everything from complex scientific illustration to cheery holiday cards and or designs.
In presenting Adobe Illustrator to students, I would review how each tool in the program is used, provide exercises and assignments, show examples of contemporary Adobe Illustrator artwork and give a final assignment and written exam to conclude the course.
Today the Internet is used in people's everyday lives. I will show students how Adobe Illustrator can be imported into website design, using Adobe Flash or Dreamweaver for fun and interesting results.
Lastly, I have grown up in the commercial art field and enjoy illustration and design. My father, Walter Hortens, was an illustrator and president of the New York Society of Illustrators. I look forward to the opportunity to teach this program to new students. Best wishes!
I have done both technical illustration for companies such as Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics as well as children's book illustrations for the textbook and trade book industries.
We review the basic functions of the program and how it is used. I show students how to prepare files for print or how to convert them to files that can be uploaded to the web. We review basic typography, page formatting, basic graphic design, as well as the use of style sheets, libraries and packaging files for output. I assign projects that the students do either in class or take home and that we review at the following class. I try to make the learning experience easy and my manner is friendly and professional.
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