Hi everybody and welcome to Courtney Mason Illustration!


My goal is to translate written and verbal ideas into visual imagery that is colorful, compelling, and clearly communicate the objectives of the client. I pride myself on my versatility and am confident in my abilities to tackle any challenge both effectively and efficiently. I am open to creative opportunities in a variety of markets such as but not limited to Graphic Design, Advertising, Editorial, Book Publishing, and especially Post Production for Entertainment.


My "dream job" is to someday have a career within the animation industry. The holy trio or trifecta of skills will be in character design, storyboarding, and character animation. I have experience in experimental animation, stop motion, claymation, 2D and 3D animation using Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro. In 2011, I received a grant from the Women's Education and Leadership Fund to conduct a study of animation through research and practical application. I learned the fundamentals and foundations of 3D animation through the Ianimate Advanced Character Animation Program and I am continuing my education through Animation Mentor School for Character Animation online starting this upcoming fall 2012.


I am very much a team player, but also a self starter and driven towards success. Since I was a child, I was an entrepreneur, a quality I believe I enherited from my father. This sense of leadership and drive has always helped me optimize every opportunity and has given me confidence in the value of my ideas. While I am very dedicated to clients needs before my own needs, I always feel like I have something to learn and something to give.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

exciting news!

A new semester has opened many opportunities for me!

Two competitions for the Goldfarb Juried Show and the Society of Illustrators are coming up in early February which I will apply to!

I am taking four studio classes in addition to my two academic courses!  Figure modeling, animation and multimedia, intermediate acrylic, and intermediate oil illustration.  All of which so far seem very challenging and exciting! 

But most of my excitement stems from the phone call I just received...get ready for it...MY FIRST ILLUSTRATION JOB! I will be illustrating two children's books for my Aunt Kim.  And I am getting paid.  Life is good. Hopefully I will receive some college credit for it as well. 

Now I got lots to do, and a lot of art supplies to buy :(

guess for now I'll be broke...but vigorously sketching!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

moving foward into a new year...

I have launched myself into the new year with lots of new ideas.

most of which consist of....

-polishing my resume
-brainstorming for major projects
-organizing my portfolio
-finding an internship
-finding a job

I am also applying for a grant, so I can do a 10-week project with a mentor!  Wish me luck!

In other news, I spent the week in Florida :) 20 hours driving down really fueled my inspiration for all this personal growth.  Can't wait for the semester to kick off! 

Until next time, I'll be yet again...sketching!