More About Steven
A little about myself: I’m currently an art director at Visual Promotions in a small Texas town. I love all kinds of visual & performing arts: singing, dancing, painting, theatre, drawing. I stay pretty busy with kid activities, homework, trampoline, video games, praise band, sports, dates and vacations. Life with three young boys in the house is rough & tumble and definitely keeps my wife and I on our toes.
It is nice being back in Texas, since my wife and I grew up in the great East Texas pine forest. After marrying my high school sweetheart, we didn’t stick around Texas long. Lynnette finished up her teaching degree and we took off ‘Gypsy Style’ to the sunny gulf coast of Florida. There I pursued my passion for art at Ringling College of Art and Design, culminating in a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from one of the top art schools in the world. We thoroughly enjoyed being 15 minutes from the beautiful white sand beaches.
After graduation I accepted a position as an illustrator at Lisa Frank in Tucson, Arizona. The dry Sonoran desert climate took a while to grow on us. Cool Stuff about Tucson: our great church home (Casas), all three of our sons being born there, Eegees, the Gaslight Theater and spectacular nightly sunsets. At Lisa Frank I worked primarily as an illustrator creating and modifying new pieces of art for stickers, school supplies, craft kits and coloring books. I also did graphic design, package design, patent drawings, product mockups and many other types of projects. I especially enjoyed working alongside and playing ping pong with the other great artists there. Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person by the way, though she mainly worked at her home office during my years there instead of the huge HQ building. One of the best things about having worked there is that I continue to see art that I worked on in major retailers: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Sam’s, Dollar Tree, Etc.
What is Tradigital Art? Its story begins following my layoff off after 7 years at Lisa Frank. During the next year, I branched out in many directions: contract work creating vector art for an online game, teaching digital art at a local art college, doing illustrations for childrens book authors, trying to sell products with my art on Cafe Press, applying for other full or part time jobs and selling digital art files on Graphic River. To support these endeavors I founded Tradigital Art: a blog, website and username. I created the name ‘Tradigital Art’ because of my love, expertise and training in both traditional and digital art. Tradigital Art is now both a fun hobby and a growing small company.
Tradigital art has many changes underfoot! I’ve pruned back other moonlight projects to focus more time on Graphic River (a member of the Envato Marketplace online network). The number of items in my G.R. portfolio continues to increase, as well as my followers, and earnings. What began as a solo effort, now has 4 contributing members. My wife Lynnette has become an integral part of vision casting and the approval process. My friend N8 has been working on the current rebrand and is now creating a line of training videos demonstrating ways to best use our brushes and other products. Another friend Quentin, a fellow Ex-Lisa Frank club member, is beginning to help me create front end art for new brushes. With Lynnette and I in Texas, N8 in Florida and ‘Q’ in California we certainly have a wider geographic footprint. How I got started making custom Adobe Illustrator Brushes: It’s kind of funny that the first brush I ever made and my current best seller are both a rope brush. I spent a fun and rewarding Ringling summer working on Jellybean Junction, a half hour animated Children’s video, for N8 and his family’s Ministry. One of it’s characters is Roper Dan, a cowboy who does ‘fancy roping tricks’. I built a brush to create all the lasso and rope elements for that scene and it worked great! Ever since, I’ve saved a ton of time by creating custom brushes for detailed chain jewelry fashion elements, lace trim and even soda bubbles. For Graphic River, I create brushes that offer artists and designers these kinds of powerful shortcuts.