phone: 563.564.6137      email: illustrator@gregorytnelson.com

Artist Bio.

I am an illustrator currently seeking representation.

I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would look forward to Saturday mornings when I would draw the characters from the cartoons I watched. My passion is and has always been drawing and painting so it only seemed natural to make this my life-long pursuit.

 

I also love to explore and to learn so teaching became a natural fit. I have been teaching college students since 1995 and have been fortunate to work at some impressive places and to work with even more impressive people. Currently, I teach Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a team of exciting faculty. The eclectic mix of friends that I have made along the way has enriched my life and every experience in a unique way.

 

My editorial and greeting card illustrations have been created for clients including Foster Law Firm, Charlotte Wedding Magazine, ABA Journal, P.S. Greetings, Orange Coast Magazine, K.L. Publications, and Midwest Home Magazine. I am also currently working on a self-initiated children’s book project as the writer and designer of a series of stories based on my own children.

 

I am fortunate to have been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, to receive ADDY awards for my work, and to have my illustrations as a spotlight on the AltPick web site. My series of portrait drawings of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates has been featured on AltPick.com and in various off-line media outlets.

 

I pride myself on my ability to work quickly when needed and in meeting deadlines. I’m always looking for the next project so feel free to check out my work or get in touch.

Process.

My drawings have been described as “consistent, with great energy and very upbeat and fun” which fits right in with how they are made. I have developed a style that integrates traditional and digital technology which makes sense to my creativity and process. I start all of my projects with research and pencil sketches. After developing a rough pencil sketch on tracing paper, I scan the images and import them to Illustrator to create a vector drawing. This allows further development and manipulation of the original drawing. I love color and at this point I begin to add flat color fields throughout the image to create my final pieces. This process seems to make sense to me and I see a direct connection to some of the earlier work that I did while I was and undergrad student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the work I was doing when I entered the ISDP Master’s Program at Syracuse University.

phone: 563.564.6137      email: illustrator@gregorytnelson.com

My drawings have been described as “consistent, with great energy and very upbeat and fun” which fits right in with how they are made.

 

I have developed a style that integrates traditional and digital technology which makes sense to my creativity and process. I start all of my projects with research and pencil sketches. After developing a rough pencil sketch on tracing paper, I scan the images and import them to Illustrator to create a vector drawing. This allows further development and manipulation of the original drawing. I love color and at this point I begin to add flat color fields throughout the image to create my final pieces.

 

This process seems to make sense to me and I see a direct connection to some of the earlier work that I did while I was and undergrad student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the work I was doing when I entered the ISDP Master’s Program at Syracuse University.

phone: 563.564.6137      email: illustrator@gregorytnelson.com

I am an illustrator currently seeking representation.

I have loved to draw for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I would look forward to Saturday mornings when I would draw the characters from the cartoons I watched. My passion is and has always been drawing and painting so it only seemed natural to make this my life-long pursuit.

 

I also love to explore and to learn so teaching became a natural fit. I have been teaching college students since 1995 and have been fortunate to work at some impressive places and to work with even more impressive people. Currently, I teach Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a team of exciting faculty. The eclectic mix of friends that I have made along the way has enriched my life and every experience in a unique way.

 

My editorial and greeting card illustrations have been created for clients including Foster Law Firm, Charlotte Wedding Magazine, ABA Journal, P.S. Greetings, Orange Coast Magazine, K.L. Publications, and Midwest Home Magazine. I am also currently working on a self-initiated children’s book project as the writer and designer of a series of stories based on my own children.

 

I am fortunate to have been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, to receive ADDY awards for my graphic design work, and to have my illustrations as a spotlight on the AltPick web site. My series of portrait drawings of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates has been featured on AltPick.com and in various off-line media outlets.

 

I pride myself on my ability to work quickly when needed and in meeting deadlines. I’m always looking for the next project so feel free to check out my work or get in touch.

My drawings have been described as “consistent, with great energy and very upbeat and fun” which fits right in with how they are made. I have developed a style that integrates traditional and digital technology which makes sense to my creativity and process. I start all of my projects with research and pencil sketches. After developing a rough pencil sketch on tracing paper, I scan the images and import them to Illustrator to create a vector drawing. This allows further development and manipulation of the original drawing. I love color and at this point I begin to add flat color fields throughout the image to create my final pieces. This process seems to make sense to me and I see a direct connection to some of the earlier work that I did while I was and undergrad student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the work I was doing when I entered the ISDP Master’s Program at Syracuse University.