Michael McClain

Michael McClain

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First Name * Michael
Last Name * McClain
Username * studiomiguel
Country * United States
City Dallas
Nationality American
Languages English


Current Position Artist
Current Company studioMiguel
Areas of Expertise AdvertistingIllustrationPen and InkModoRetouching
Preferred Tools PhotoshopModelinganimationmotion graphicsLightwave 3dLuxology's ModoPhotoreal retouching and photoillustrationstylized painting and drawing.StoryboardingZBrushAfter EffectsCharactersConcept artCompositingIllustrationIllustratorPost Production


Availability: Freelance
Website www.studiomiguel.com
Twitter @studiomiguel
Phone number 214-497-3013


I was born with a crayon in my brain. I was mesmerized by animation as a youth. The problem was, as a lazy young man, as I learned how the process was made I thought, "now way I can make all of those drawings." How odd that I would end up as an animator, even if it is part-time. I studied with master portraitist Steve Grey as a youth and eventually went on to modest success in my early twenties with mostly animal portraits and fantasy art.
By my mid-twenties, I had managed to land a regular paying gig as a graphic designer. After a few years, I realized I was leaving my painting roots behind and decided that a change was in order.
In 2000 I began attending the Art Institute of Dallas in order to obtain a degree in Computer Animation. When I graduated in 2002, I was back on track. I landed a job with an illustration studio and have been working on jobs vacilating between illustration and animation ever since. Clients have included Fortune 500 companies, numerous ad agencies and groups word-wide. Freelance work has often diversified job demands even further.
Recent years have seen a resurgence in my passion for the drawn line however, and I have begun to refocus on analog techniques. Acrylics, watercolor, pencil and inks have bestowed their siren-call on me and I find conflict in the therapy of scratching out new illustrations the old fashioned way and staying up-to-date with the latest software release. I wonder if Leonardo was conflicted between the latest oil grinds and egg-tempera?


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