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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

friends and family time

Today is my 22nd birthday and Father's day!  I took the weekend off from animating to go home and visit my family, who I have not seen since my grandfather's funeral (give or take it's been a number of months.)  I cannot express to you how good it feels to be home, in the house I grew up in. 

This is my first summer living away from home and the experience made me realize how blessed I am to have such a great family who supports my big dreams.   Living on my own has taught me how to be independant, but also brings to my attention all those little things I have become accustomed to that I take for granted when I am home.  The big trees, the backroads, the street signs.  My mom and I sitting in our kitchen talking about everything and anything.  My dad waking up far too early roaming around downstairs.  Even my brother, coming and going with the social tides and music fests.

Not much has changed, and yet everything has changed.  The house is full of so many knick knacks from Grandpa, all of which is taking about a century to sort through.  My dad is now the ring leader of his own family circus ever since grandpa passed away, so this father's day in particular is the most difficult he as an individual has experienced.

Yesturday was a great day.  My family and I went down the road to a little Italian bistro called Rosa Luca's, had some fantastic martini's and delicious food.  Than my brother and I went to the Tavern (the closest divey-bar to our house) and met up with all my best girlfriends.  My best friends from elementary school and highschool were all there.  We were the best game in town, but it was the first time I have ever drank with my now 21 year old friends, and I had a great time seeing everybody. 

All and all, It's great to catch up with family and friends.

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