His journey as an illustrator began in 2001 when he failed 2 classes in art. His instructor at the time knew he had potential as an artist. Calvin was just misguided and he needed to put in more work. Currently Calvin is a self taught illustrator working in the Toronto area. With more than 16 years experience providing services to Publishers, Directors, Producers, and Production Designers. He has skills that offer clients fleshed out concepts for film, animation, video games, children’s books and marketing.
He processes a strong ability to create characters that express believable emotion, action and other elements of storytelling. Although he has worked alone for most of his career Calvin is a team player. He respects and holds the production pipeline to be sacred. if needed he is able to create or recreate drawing styles with respect to story, character development and production needs. He has a remarkable ability to conceptualize random ideas.
Many of his drawings depict movement, emotion and narrative in a way his clients can appreciate . With a tight grasp of traditional fundamentals Calvin also holds his own using Photoshop. He wields sound computer literacy skills in other programs such as Maya, Manga Studio, Sketchbook Pro, Z-Brush, Flash, InDesign etc. This guy is capable of creating numerous forms of outstanding imagery using a vast array of artistic media. From his early years drawing ninja turtles for his buddies in school to now where Calvin has acquired an exceptional ability understanding character development. He enjoys the process of breaking down a character to their core qualities and bringing interesting, realistic or fantastical personas to life.
As an illustrator he can analyze scripts and work with authors to develop visual themes vital to a stories plot. With his keen awareness to detail he is capable of translating plot points for a story to meet standards for pages and sequential requirements. He has developed character turnarounds with expression sheets and dramatic posses. He has drawn storyboard panels following style perimeters and story requirements for multiple productions. He loves drawing props and rendering them to meet client needs. He is confident with suggesting scene angles and transitions while respecting project guidelines. He can work closely with a Publisher, Editors or Art Director to further goals needed for the production. He can incorporate the ideas and suggestions to elements of the story and it’s characters.
Organized Calvin can manage timelines to ensure all work is completed and submitted on schedule. He is not afraid to work in-house or at home and will follow art direction and critique with ease. When hired one of his many missions as a freelance illustrator is to meet or exceeded a client’s goals. He’s restored and retouched photographs. He has coordinated and assembled designs with little to no supervision while managing time and focusing on satisfactory results. From web-pages, album covers, cards, brochures, flyers, posters, portraits and caricatures for friends, strangers and numerous events.
It’s safe to say Calvin is a go-to artist demonstrating excellence in creating visual solutions for projects across a diverse spectrum of clientele. He has a deep passion for the art world. A passion instilled in his mind by his high school instructor Scott Farndon. He and hopes his instructor from years ago is proud.