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.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

the in-betweener

yes, not only is it the term for an animator, but it also serves a perfect double entendre.  You see, I feel like I am an in-betweener in more ways than one.

Right now, I am in-between jobs, in-between passions, in between...a rock and a hard place.
The rock is, that I just started school for animation and I am just grazing the surface of what it means to animate and entering that world.  Meanwhile, I'm getting plenty of offers to illustrate, but for unfair pay or royalties only, which is virtually nothing.

I wish I could teach or do a job that I can be creative in that doesn't distract from my current focus of animation/illustration.  I'm working on finding a way there.  So, in the meantime...I shall keep on pushing from the in-between, to the break down, and than finally my x-treme new life :)  how's that for some creative metaphors!