I'm a freelance children's, interactive, and editorial illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. My work tends towards richly-detailed digital paintings that live somewhere between animation and photorealism. I enjoy creating characters that come from around our world, and that inhabit worlds of imagination.
I'm at home with conceptual thinking and communication, and I love to transform complex ideas into clear and appealing images. My extensive background in design and animation also helps me to see the big picture when illustrating for a variety of projects.
Born into a multiracial family, I tend to gravitate towards diverse and multicultural characters in my illustration. I try to bring a global perspective to my work, and love to tell the stories of those who may be less visible in our world.
At the University of Southern California I studied traditional painting and drawing. These days, I'm constantly reading and learning new ideas and techniques, with heavy influence from the local animation and art communities.
I have enjoyed collaborating with companies on a freelance basis since 2007, working with clients in publishing, web/interactive, education, religious and non-profit arenas.
“…underlying to his specific skillset, Ian innately has what no amount of training or repetition can provide: an eye for quality and perfection. Craft aside, Ian is one of the most honest and earnest (I mean every nuance of each of those words; not just listing them for the sake of adjective quantity) you could hope to encounter.”