Aaron is a graphic designer, illustrator and animator who has always loved drawing pictures and making art since his first crayon drawing in elementary school. Growing up, Aaron struggled to focus in school and would always get caught doodling in his notebook. When his senior year in highschool came, people asked what he wanted to do. He would answer; “I wanna do what I like, I wanna draw.”
So Aaron then enrolled at Davis and Elkins College (D&E) and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and a minor in Business. While at D&E, Aaron excelled his skills in painting and drawing during his freshman and sophomore year. Later during his time in college, Aaron was blessed to have traveled to Italy with his professor during his freshman year and studied abroad in Australia during his junior year, both which fed his love for travel and scenery. Along with this new experience sparked his start in graphic design since he was briefly introduced to Adobe software, Photoshop/ Illustrator.
Upon his graduation, Aaron was not sure of what direction he wanted to head in. “I didn’t think I was fully prepared and my skills are not where they need to be.” So he then seized the opportunity to work towards achieving a Master’s degree by attending the Savannah College of Art and Design. He believed this path would help me build up and strengthen my art skills for the future as well as further my career goals in life. Though the process was difficult, Aaron went from being a traditional to a digital artist, learned how to animate, found his own style of art and really his true calling as a graphic artist. He then graduated from SCAD with a Master’s degree in Illustration in June 2022.
Since then, he has gone on to work as a freelancer and done multiple projects for a variety of companies. He has done animation projects for a cosmetics company, graphic design work for a retail brand, and one big project consisting of both animation and graphic design for a family member.
As an instructor, Aaron wants to help his students find their calling and help them feel confident with their artwork. As an artist, in his opinion, the best feeling to have is when you see your art displayed and you see people smile and say that looks good, you get to be the one that says “I did that.”