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What I Do

I draw and write for a living.

As both an illustrator and engineering manager I rely on drawings and writing to communicate ideas.

In my engineering role I create hand drawn sketches of products, process flow diagrams, timelines and data plots that are used to create formal engineering drawings, PowerPoint presentations or Excel charts. 

As an illustrator I follow the same process.  I generate ideas by creating hand drawn sketches that lead to a final drawing, using traditional materials, digital tools or both.

Writing complements technical visual information in presentations and reports.  It is also used for explanation, persuasion and communication in emails, memos and performance reviews.  It is meant to be clear, concise and neutral.

Creative writing can be like that, too, but there is also much more freedom to play with words and use them any way I like.  Creative writing is still a hobby for now.  A few of my outlets are:

  • Stories and tales (unpublished to date)
  • Occasional humorous verse for home made cards that includes my annual Christmas card
  • Text (usually rhyming) for my occasional comic, “Mull & Cull”.
  • Blog posts at http://keneatonillustration.blogspot.com/.
  • Letters to friends.
  • Jotting down notes, thoughts and word play in sketchbooks.

 
Biography

I grew up in Green, Ohio and graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in mechanical engineering.  I fulfilled my creative urges by providing cartoons for the campus newspaper, illustrations for "The Looking Glass" poetry publication and numerous T-shirts and newsletters for various organizations I was involved in.  

My formal art education outside of high school is a smattering of drawing, watercolor and graphics classes at the College for Creative Studies, Oakland Community College and the Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center.  Informally my education in art has been and continues to be a lifetime of practice, reading, studying and experimenting.

After graduation I moved to the metro Detroit area and have been freelancing as an illustrator since 1995 for numerous clients in southeast Michigan, and continue to work as an engineering manager in the automotive industry.


Clients

Thomson-Shore Publishing
University of Michigan - Spanish Department
Latino Health Communications
Beaumont Foundation
Global Design
Inner Circle Media (now Color Hive)
Huron Pet Supply, Inc.
Patriots of the American Revolution Magazine
Biker Bob's Motown Harley-Davidson
Powerhaus Creative
Eventures
Adventures In Advertising
The Ann Arbor Ad Club
The Big Idea Magazine (now defunct)


FAQ
Q:
What's with the "Big Tall" thing?
A: I'm 6'7" tall. Big Tall Ken was a fun nickname from a friend of mine.




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