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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the nightmare before christmas

So, for anyone that is not from the northeast and was unaware, halloween was canceled by an out of season "nightmare before christmas" kinda storm which left the majority without power for an entire week. Because of this, not only was the holiday formally "canceled, but so was school.

Missing an entire week of class, although relaxing at the time, is proving to be a very serious set back.  The week we missed was crucial to our development of ideas, and although we have literally no time to gather reference for our illustrations, I have 3 due in 2 weeks.

one is a character design for my mythological creature which I have created for my narrative.
the second is the cover for the summer term catalog cover and if chosen is published and we receive $
the third is for the children's double page spread

In addition to prior obligations, I have taken on more artistic obstacles.  But these in particular I thought were worth my time.

One is a commission for an alum and friend of mine who lost her grandfather fairly recently.  I know that this one man was her "someone" in her family that she loved above all others, and I can only imagine what she is experiencing.  She came to me to ask if I would be willing to do a portrait of him for her and after hearing stories about him of course I couldn't say no.  So I hope I can do him justice for her and honor his life accordingly.

The second is the TOMS "style your sole" event, which will be held this Saturday from 1-4 pm.  The event  sponsors local artists to decorate purchased pairs of TOMS and personalize them for each customer.  We are given half an hour to decorate each shoe.  The proceeds go towards a pair of shoes for a child in need.  One for one.  It's a really great  cause and I hope to gain exposure and I am looking forward to helping out.