Production Designer | Art Director | Graphic Artist

I thought it would be fun to create an old newspaper, but as a simple self-promotion. Rather than just say, this is what I do, I’ll just show you.

The paper is made up of several papers combined through blending modes, opacity and other blend settings. The only things that I did not create, but borrowed are the two ads (Wrigley’s & Dr. Pepper). I could have created those, but that just would have taken longer. This was meant to be quick and fun. Also, the Adobe’s software icons, I borrowed. Those are clearly out of place for a paper that looks like it may belong in the mid-1900’s.

Often when a film already has an Art Director, they sometimes need a Graphic Artist to create things like this newspaper, or labels for products, or whatever. I can do that.

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Commercial Complete


I recently finished working on a commercial (Art Director) with a great crew! Plus, it was good to work with a couple of Art Center alumni.

At an office location, there was a large tv behind where the character was going to sit. We decided that, instead of taking the huge device down, that I would quickly create a large fine art piece — which I did in Adobe Photoshop. This thing is just over 75 inches in length! It seemed to work great and when up, looked like some contemporary art!

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Hodgepodge

When I try to focus on one artistic field, I will eventually start dabbling in another. I guess, I am obsessed with the image. Whether the creative work comes through photography, film, or some traditional or digital art it doesn’t matter to me. I have an appreciation for the work, vision, execution within that field. And since I’ve worked professionally in each, I know the love and sweat that goes into it. Its a never-ending progression.

Every now and then I like to play with Adobe Photoshop and do something like this image of me as a Gandalf-like character. I don’t do this for any other reason than to have fun. Sometimes I like to make it comical, conceptual, dark… most often, I like to just joke around with my own image.

I have been using Photoshop since v. 3, which was about the mid-90’s. Back then I was learning how to use it as a Graphic Design student. But right at the beginning, I brought in images and started to manipulate them.

A few years later, I started teaching college and the first class that I had ever taught at that level… Photoshop. It was a great experience for me, because not only did I get to learn more about Photoshop and how it played a roll in art, but I had to up my game big time! I was thinking that I would have young adults just starting out college. But, to my concern, most of my students were much older than myself AND many of them came from the entertainment industry in Los Angeles (where I was living at the time); Disney, Dreamworks, etc. I had Art Director’s, animators and other artist when a couple of decades under their belt. I had to study and really know what I was teaching. It clearly made me better in many ways.

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Slowly Progressing…

I believe that as we go through life, we tend to revamp our direction. Sometimes we change our course, add new venues or get rid of others. My life has been full of changing direction; sometimes for good reasons and others have been chalked up to learning experiences.

Photography was introduced to me through a great commercial photographer; Jay P Morgan. It wasn’t his intention to have me enter this arena nor was it mine.  He needed helpers and I needed work and experiences. I started working for him while attending Art Center College of Design as an assistant; working with lighting, building sets, arranging security, scheduling vendors, working with talent and even getting the craft service table well-stocked.

After almost getting hired by DreamWorks, I agreed with my then spouse to return to Idaho to be closer to family and try a different course: photography and becoming a business owner. Running a significant photography studio lasted a few years and to make the story a bit shorter, I continued to dabble in photography while working within education and film, but now in Utah.

My photographic style has progressed and the course modified into a more commercial / stylized feel. I’m discovering my new niche within photography while I work with good friends in the industry.

Follow me on instagram: @thaynephotography

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Rossi Projects

Justice League Kids, by Josh Rossi: www.joshrossi.com

From time to time, I work behind the scenes with a friend on his projects; Josh Rossi. Recently he shared his latest project: Justice League Kids!

Other projects that we have worked on have been:

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New Instagram

I’ve started a new Instagram account that will showcase my photography. Most of the work will be creative, fashion, artistic types of work. Its a process, not just putting up prior and new work, but getting a better handle on the nature of Instagram. You can follow my new account: @thaynephotography or my hashtag: #thayne_art (which, at this time, will have my more creative pieces).

You can still follow me on my regular account, which is @thaynerw. That will be my personal account where I will share not just my personal life, but some photography, digital work and film work.

If you notice areas where I can improve, not only my Instagram account, but also my web page, please feel free to share. Thank you!

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Reworking the Site

Transfer & Digital

I am reworking my site to include, not just film, but other areas such as art, photography and more.

Back in the day, we as art students were taught to focus in an area or two. For some reason, I ended up crossing various creative fields. However, my roots has been drawing and coming up with imaginative creatures and environments.

Due to my education and experience in a variety of areas, it aids me in higher education as a faculty. I can communicate with just about any student within any creative field. In fact, I have taught college for more than a decade. I have taught foundations of art & design, graphic design, concept art, film, creative software and photography.

Film

I work on different independent projects as a Production Designer or an Art Director. But I do a lot more within those titles, such as concept work, graphic art, set design and much more that does not show up on credits. You can see some of my credits on IMDb:  www.imdb.com/name/nm3220400

Photography

Composite Photography

I do a lot of commercial style work in photography. Most of my work has a fashion look to it. I do have a growing portfolio of composite photography, which lends to my strengths in Photoshop. I have been working in photography professionally since 2005.

Art & Design

Quick Sketch

I mentioned that my roots have been in drawing and in painting. When I first entered college, I entered in as a Fine Art student. That quickly changed when life took a turn and I then became a Graphic Designer.  I did return to drawing and painting as an Illustrator focusing on entertainment design; concept art, character development, environments and more.

Education

I currently teach at Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU) mostly as a film instructor. But I have also taught at The Art Institute of Salt Lake City, California State University, Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design and Glendale Community College. I have also done events and conventions, like at Adobe near Thanksgiving Point, Utah.

I receive my education at both Art Center College of Design and Ricks College.

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BARE40

Marc Reynolds, a Utah-based photographer of almost 30 years and I collaborated with seven  courageous, mature models on a creative shoot: no make-up, no fancy hairstyles, no stylish wardrobe and no fancy Photoshop retouching– just true beauty!

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Teaching Photoshop

Mondrianesque

Photoshop class lesson

This quarter, I’ve returned to teaching Adobe Photoshop. We are now wrapping up the quarter at BEAU (Broadview University Entertainment Arts).

I’ve taught Photoshop for over a decade now and I’ve been using the software for double that amount of time. But, I remember when I first started teaching in 2000 at Glendale Community College in California. I thought I knew the software, but then when I found out that the majority of my students were either from the animations houses (Disney, Dreamworks, etc) or were other professionals with a lot of experience, I had to step up my game a ton! I made sure that I knew the program and that I integrated art principles even more so than just teaching the application.

Created for Love Everlasting
Created for Love Everlasting

I got into mimicking and creating believable faux imagery, such as this license plate. This came in handy, especially for film projects. This plate was printed on foam core, but if you were looking at in your hands, you would believe that it was a weathered plate from Missouri. I also used this concept in photography and other art projects.

Now, I teach the basics of these techniques to college students. The art work above is a basic example for their final project. It is inspired by the works of Mondrian and prints found on the walls of various businesses.

Next quarter, I will teach Advanced Photoshop.

Last quarter, I was asked by BEAU if they could film me for one of their commercials. They were doing various films of each their teachers. I feel more comfortable behind the camera, but I said ok.

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Utah Film

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