|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 communicate ideas by creating hand sketches that lead to a final drawing, using traditional materials, digital tools or both.
Writing for an engineering complements visual information in presentations and reports. It is also used for explanation, persuasion and communication in emails, memos and performance reviews. Usually (but not always) it is meant to be clear, concise and neutral.
Creative writing is still a hobby for now. A few outlets are:
I graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in mechanical engineering, but fulfilled my creative urges by providing cartoons to the campus newspaper, illustrations for "The Looking Glass" poetry publication and numerous T-shirts and newsletters.
My art education outside of high school is mostly self taught with a smattering of drawing, watercolor and graphics classes at the College for Creative Studies, Oakland Community College and the Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center in the Metro Detroit area.
I 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.
University of Michigan - Spanish Department
Latino Health Communications
Inner Circle Media
Huron Pet Supply, Inc.
Patriots of the American Revolution Magazine
Biker Bob's Motown Harley-Davidson
Adventures In Advertising
The Ann Arbor Ad Club
The Big Idea Magazine (now defunct)
Q: Big Tall...?
A: I'm 6'7" tall. Big Tall Ken was a fun nickname from a friend of mine.