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!
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