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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

call it kismet, but animation is following me

so for my graduation, I was given the gift of ultimate the city of sin Las Vegas.  However, I am not going to tell you of my adventures in gambling, drinking, and late night strolls down the strip.  I am not going to tell you about dancing on tables with my girl friends...

I am going to tell you of one of the greatest indulgences one wanna be animator could happen upon...and it was, the CHUCK JONES EXPERIENCE!

So, for those of you who are not quite as versed in the history of animation, Chuck Jones is not only the creator of Looney Toons, but also has worked on classics such as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "The Jungle Book."

I was the only one that night in the 8 room gallery, which I kinda liked, because it made the whole experience more intimate, and important.  I took a lot of pictures that do no justice to the threshold adorned with sketches, paintings, cells, and animation.