I was eleven when I put down the book I was reading and announced, out loud to an empty room: "I can do better than this!" Over the next 18 years, I wrote. I studied writing, I took classes in high school and college to study and strengthen my craft, and I wrote. I workshopped with writers like Ursula LeGuin and David Gerrold, and at age 29, I sold my first novel to HarperCollins UK. I now have three published titles under five separate covers on two continents as a HarperCollins aut... [more]
I live in Illustrator! I spend 4-6 hours a day in Illustrator and it's my favorite software program! I've used Illustrator to create award winning poster art, and the artwork for countless enamel lapel pins traded by everyone from Disneyphiles to Olympic sports enthusiasts. I processed the artwork for the Presidential Situation Room pin, and the Autism Speaks puzzle piece. Best of all, what I know, I can teach, and I love sharing tips and tricks with new people because I always learn new things myself.
I've been using InDesign since it started life as AppleText! I know this program inside and out, and teaching/learning it is a snap! InDesign is a layout program: the container into which graphics created in Illustrator and Photoshop come to life as an integral part of books, pamphlets and brochures. Any multi-page document will need to be created in InDesign, and having control over your text and graphic elements, while not difficult, requires careful set-up and application. I love this program, and I would love to teach it to you!
I have been a freelance and in-house graphic design professional for 10 plus years. I have an AA in graphic design and have won awards for poster art and package design. I am fluent in Adobe CS Illustrator and InDesign and extremely competent in Photoshop. I'm a patient teacher, full of tips and tricks, and I'm as eager to learn new things as I am to share what I know.