Don't just take my word for it. Read below what my clients have to say about my work!
Just wanted to take a second and let you know we've received great praise for the books. Many in the industry were watching to see what HWE would come up with to market this portfolio. I think your work deserves a generous amount of recognition for helping pull the concept together. When I get a minute I will send you a set of the books so you can admire you own work in the context that everyone else has. The client said they are the best looking packages he's ever seen in this industry.
Hodges Ward Elliott
Thanks for doing such a great job on Step Forward! We love your style!
Oxford University Press
It looks very nice! Yes we were all pleased with your prompt service.
Associate Graphic Designer
"Jay! It's absolutely, drop-dead, right on the money, gorgeous! WE'RE PUMPEDDD. Congratulations, attaboy, you're terrific. Can't wait to put it in the ad."
The Bosworth Group
"Jay's work is brilliant. He listened to what my needs were and crafted masterpieces that I will cherish. His ability to tell stories within a story is amazing ...Thank you, Jay!!"
Donald James Cook
"Well, all I can say is that everyone here LOVES this illustration. I haven't seen them this excited about anything in a long time. Great work! The colors are fantastic, as is the warm, sunny feeling--even the little people down by the pool. (The art director was thrilled with the cool glasses."
"We are all set on the illustration. Thank you so much for your great work on the project. It was a pleasure working with you. I really appreciate you're flexibility and how fast you were able to pull it all together. I will definitely keep you in mind for any future projects we may have."
Fundex Games, Ltd
"Jay, Thanks a lot for all your help. The art looks GREAT! I am sure comments will begin to come in when folks begin to use it next month."
In is service,
"Jay, Fabulous!! I love the design and colors, You always do such a great job! I am so proud to show off your work!!! I have been in touch with the same t-shirt company and plan on using a white shirt so this works out great! I will let you know when I start getting orders as to how well they sell. Thanks again for everything you do. I am so glad you got it to me so quickly!"
Girl Scouts, Duluth Service Unit
"Jay, "Wow!!!! It looks f'n amazing!!!!!! The colors are so rich and deep. I will definitely use you again. You have been such a joy to work with."
"Jay, Looks fabulous! I loved it immediately and when I showed it to Laura she responded with a "very cool"! Laura prefers the yellow over the pink."
"Jay, it's always a pleasure doing business with you since you are so dependable and follow my specs so carefully. Thank you for the beautiful rush illustration for my client. You helped me meet our deadline and get the job to the printer on time."
Marisabel Studio, Inc.
"Lean Inc. really appreciates your style, efforts and speed. We will see you again, I'm sure. Thank you very much."
"This is bad ass! Excuse my excitement, but it's great to work with someone who can interpret my thoughts as well as you have. I'm very happy with the way this is developing. It will work perfectly with the orbiting type."
"PERFECT! Thanks, speedy!"
"Enclosed are samples of Crossworlds corporate brochure. Your work looks great!"
Foote Cone Belding
This looks just great! Nice job. I thought the lighting you incorporated in your photo comp and here in the final art is very dramatic. And a nice subtlety with the 5 o'clock shadow on the worker. As far as the invoice, you can send me a pdf and I'll print it out here. Thank you, Jay. It's all very well done."
I have known from the first time I picked up a crayon that I wanted to be an artist. In 1992, I received Bachelor of Arts with honors with concentrations in Graphic Design, and Drawing & Painting from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. Right after that I attended the Illustration program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1994 winning several awards and honors. Worked as an on staff illustrator for a small design firm for a year and a half, then struck out on my own. Now for the past 18+ years I have tremendously enjoyed being able to pursue my love for art professionally as a freelance illustrator. I work/play from my home studio near Atlanta, GA. I have over 20 years computer graphics experience and I am fluent in all of the Adobe Creative Suite 4, Painter 10, Poser 7, and the latest hardware, all of which is in my studio. My image problem solving takes many forms that fit the clients needs. By combining various situations and objects into bold and interesting angles I am able to convey clear ideas to the viewer in a realistic manner. Most of my early work is in oils, but now I can achieve a similar look which is much faster and easily edited in the computer using my own special digital techniques. When I'm not illustrating, I love spending time with my family. I also enjoy doing home improvement projects discussing current news events, pop culture, bike riding and watching movies.
2nd Place - ArtWanted.com, 'Mixed-Media' art contest - 07.2009,
Wall of Outstanding Alumni Award- LaGrange College, 10.2007,
Silver Medal at the 2007 Western English Trade Association Awards, Equestrian Retailer magazine cover illustration - 11.2006.
1st Place- ArtWanted.com, 'Religious Easter' art contest - 05.2006,
Top 10 list for "Poser's Best of the Best Contest for 2005" - 12.2005,
1st Annual Surrealism Today Digital Art Contest - Juried contest -honorable mention, 2005
1st Place- ArtWanted.com, 'Digital Christmas' art contest - 01.2004,
1st Place - ArtWanted.com, 'Matter of Time' Illustration contest - 07.2003
Communication Arts, 2003 Illustration Annual, for VFW magazine cover
Golden Web Awards, winner 2003-2004
Golden Web Awards, winner 2002-2003
National Volunteer of the Year Award, Graphic Artists Guild, 2001
Design Excellence, Print magazines, Regional Design Annual 1996
Merit, HOW magazines, International Annual of Design, 1996
Best Magazine Cover, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, 1995
Gold Addy, state and SE region, American Advertising Federation (AAF) billboard series for Alltell Mobile. 1995
Art Direction Magazine, Featuring billboard ad for Henderson Advertising, Atlanta, Art Director, Mike Weed. 1994
Best of Show, Illustration program, Portfolio Center, 1993
Undercutting - Oz Magazine, interview + cover, 05-06, 2009
Radio Sandy Springs Interview, Following Your Passions, June 2008
SCAD Atlanta: District and Connector Magazines - Take Action: Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work - May 2008
New Web Pick E-Zine Interview - Issue 11: Pure World, 08-2&007
Computer Arts Magazine - Making Stock Pay, Issue 126 Fall 2006
Computer Arts Projects - Illustration - Featured Illustrations and Bio - Issue 79, Christmas 2005
Step-By-Step Electronic Design - Technique how-to article, October 1999,
Graphic Artists Guild-Atlanta Chapter - Several articles in the web site and newsletter
Starting your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
My work and quotes are in this very popular book by Michael Fleishman, SEE IT and BUY IT
eMotion Pictures, juried show, Chicago, IL, 04-2008
7th Annual Judeo-Christian Art Juried Online International Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, all 5 pieces accepted, 04-2005 - 04-2006
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, 08-2005
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, 08-2004
Faculty Exhibition, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, 02-2004
The Art? Show, Bluemilk Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 09-2001
Wired Designs and Gallery, Marietta, GA, 1999
Shirley Fox Studio, Atlanta, GA, 1995