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Craig Elliott Gallery
16429 Lost Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
Craig Elliott is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He received his education at the famed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and studied under artists such as Harry Carmean and Burne Hogarth. Craig’s carefully crafted and arresting images of nature and the human form have captivated audiences with their visual and intellectual celebration of the beauty in this world and beyond. In addition to his fine art work, Craig has had a hand in designing many of today’s most popular animated films from studios such as Disney and Dreamworks. A multi-faceted artist, he is also an accomplished landscape architect, sculptor and most recently, jewelry designer. Especially known for his exceptional ability with the human figure and creative composition, Craig’s work has evolved into a unique vision informing and influencing fine art, print, animation, and commercial worlds.
Drawing from the visual worlds of science and nature, the human figure, the grand tradition of American illustration, Japanese scroll paintings and woodblock prints, fantasy illustration, and great artists of Europe, Elliott’s work strikes the viewer at first with a powerful tableau and draws them in to experience the subtlety and beauty within. Beyond the pictorial impact of his work, themes personal to him such as body image, environmental preservation, and social and psychological repression weave themselves throughout his work.
After attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, he began illustrating for various clients and started working full time in the animation industry. He has worked primarily for Disney and Dreamworks, designing their animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, Treasure Planet, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Bee Movie, and Enchanted, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Princess and the Frog as well as other upcoming features. Craig has also done fully painted comic book and cover artwork for Dark Horse Comics, World of Warcraft Trading cards, editorial illustration for Realms of Fantasy magazine, and more. His work can currently be seen in the books "Treasure Planet a Voyage of Discovery", "The Art of The Princess and the Frog", "Spectrum: the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art" #10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20 and a gold medal in 16 and Silver Medal in 17, “The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today Vol. 2”, “Erotic Fantasy Art”, “Fantasy art Now 2”, Aphrodisia I and his 3 sketchbooks. "Flesk Prime" and "The Art of Craig Elliott"
16429 Lost Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA
2002 – Present -Freelance Concept and Character Design:
-Marza Animation, Production Designer
-The Star, Sony Pictures Animation, Production Designer
-Wonder Woman (2017), Warner Bros. /DC comics, opening sequence illustrations.
-Unannounced Project, Sideshow Collectables, Art Director
-Blossom, Duncan Studios, Feature Film Art Director
-Wallykazaam, Nickelodeon, Visual Development
-The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon, Background color/ paint.
-Tinkerbell 7, Disneytoon studios, Visual Development.
-Cars 3, Disneytoon Studios, Visual Development.
-Unannounced animated TV show, Disney TV, Visual Development.
-Broken Sword, The Serpent's Curse, Revolution Studios, U.K., Video Game Cover and Background Painting.
-Book of Life, ReelFX Animation, Visual Development.
-Spongebob 2 movie, Paramount, Visual Development.
-Lucky Bloke, Auspicious Dawnings, inc., Art Direction and design for website and webisode animation short.
-Bombshell Babes, miniature figurine manufacturers, Character Design.
-Monsters vs. Aliens, Nickelodeon, Character, Location and Prop Design/ Color.
-Cirque Du Soleil, Character/ Costume Design.
-Unannounced Project, Blue Sky, Character and Location Design.
-The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment, Visual Development.
-The Seventh Son, Warner Bros., Live action feature film, Character and Location Design.
-The Penguins of Madagascar, Nickelodeon, Character, Location and Prop Design, Matte painting.
-Jak and Daxter 4, Naughty Dog Entertainment video game, Concept Art.
-Princess and the Frog, Disney animated feature film, Visual Development.
-Golden Era, Educational Books, Character Design.
-OZ, Hot Donut Productions, Visual development.
-Earthspace – Earthspace, LLC, IP property development, Character and Location Design.
-Rio- Blue Sky Feature animated film, Visual Development.
-Sould, Live Action Feature Film, Character Design.
-Witch Girl- Wildbrain Entertainment, feature animated film, Visual Development.
-Coca Cola animated TV advertisement, Buck Design, Matte Painting.
-Santa Claus, Tom T. G7, Character Design.
-Hoodwinked 2, The Weinstein Company, Kanbar Entertainment, Visual Development.
-Rise of the Argonauts, Liquid Entertainment Video Game, Concept Design.
-Kung Fu Girl, Animated TV show, Production Designer.
-Enchanted, Disney Feature Film, Visual Development.
-Moobeard the Cow Pirate, Nickelodeon, Animated TV series, Visual Development.
-Aristocats, Disney Toon Studios, Character Development paintings.
-Aba & Afya, Disney Toon Studios, Visual Development
2000-2002 Visual Development Artist for DreamworksAnimation:
-Monsters Vs. Aliens- Character Design and Visual Development.
-Puss in Boots, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development.
-Bee Movie, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development of look and feel of the bee city.
-Shark Tale, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development of the whale wash, including location paintings
and drawings, construction of a working CG model and animated fly-throughs.
-Flushed Away, Animated Feature Film- Location paintings and Visual Development.
-Turbo, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development.
-Tusker, Visual Development.
-Father of the Pride- TV Series, Visual Development.
1996-2000 Visual Development and Layout/ CGI artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation:
-Sweating Bullets, 3D modeling, Layout and Visual Development .
-Chicken Little- Visual Development.
-Treasure Planet, Animated feature Film- Visual Development.
-The Emperor’s New Groove, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development and Layout.
-Mulan, Animated Feature Film- Visual Development and Layout.
-Hercules, Animated Feature Film- Visual development and Layout.
1996- present free-lance illustrator:
-Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, Wizards of the coast, Various Illustrations.
-Legend of the Cryptids, Applibot, inc. Trading Card Illustrations.
-Upper Deck/ Cryptozoic World of Warcraft trading cards.
-New Orleans Burlesque event poster.
-Realms of Fantasy Magazine- Fantasy Story Illustrations for issues March and April 2006.
-Tori Amos 2005, 2006 calendar illustrations.
-Dark Horse Comics- Painted comic book written by Harlan Ellison, and comic book cover illustrations.
-Holiday Inn Hotels- Murals.
-LAAFA, Character Design, Video instruction program.
-Gnomon School of Visual Effects,Class: Concept Design, Advanced Photoshop Painting, Imaginative Landscape Painting, Visual Development
-Motivarti- one on one mentor with design and illustration students.
-Pacific Institute of Art and Design (PIAD), Pasadena. Class: Concept Design.
-Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Classes include: Imaginative Landscape, and Visual Development.
-Freelance in-home MAYA tutor.
-Understanding of computer systems hardware construction/ operation.
-Macintosh, windows, and UNIX / LINUX operating systems.
-MAYA, Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator, Golive, InDesign, Quark Express, Premiere, Shake, After Effects, Microsoft Word, Excel, and many other applications.
Other Artistic skills:
-Sculpture, maquette, character, and fine art sculpture.
-Diorama and stop motion animation set design and construction.
-Jewelry design and construction.
-Architectural design and architectural model design and construction.
-Metalsmithing and blacksmithing.
-Fine art furniture design and construction.
-Building construction- Carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry.
Own small businesses:
-Aristata Publishing- Publishes “Aphrodisia- Art of the Female Form” Volumes 1 and 2 book/contest.
-Produce fine art for publishing posters and books of my own artwork for sale on the internet, conventions and by mail.
-Produce a line of Jewelry for sale to boutiques, and create custom jewelry and engagement rings for various clients.
-BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design.
-Graphic Design and Architecture at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo.
-Computer Instruction at various locations.
-2014, Society of Illustrators West 52 Exhibit, Center Stage Gallery, Burbank California.
-2014, Matrix Fine Art, "Penumbra, A Black and White Show",
-2013, Spoke Gallery, San Francisco, the moleskin project III
-2012, Arcadia Gallery, New York, Group Show.
-2011, Pinup the Exposition, La Gallery, Montreal Canada and The Versailles Palace, France.
-2010, Gallery Nucleus, “Poster Peepshow”, Alhambra California.
-2010, Galerie Daniel Maghen, Paris France.
-2010, OhNoDoom Gallery, "Painted Ladies", Chicago Illinois.
-2009, Society of Illustrators West 47 Exhibit, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra California.
-2009, Society of Illustrators NY, Spectrum Exhibition, New York.
-2007, Society of Illustrators NY, Spectrum Exhibition, New York.
-2013, Gold Award, Advertising, Society of Illustrators West.
-2010, Silver Award in Advertising, Spectrum 18.
-2009, Gold Award in Editorial, Spectrum 16.
-2005, Society of Illustrators Bronze medal for Visual Development, for Treasure Planet Development art.
-Artwork chosen for Spectrum 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24 “The Best of Science fiction and Fantasy Art.”