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Steven’s Bio

Update: I finally made the leap from production artist and designer to art teacher and I’m loving it. I teach at Royal high school in a rural Texas town west of Houston. When I’m not teaching class, I’m sure to be found with my wonderful wife and kiddos. 

 

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It is nice being back in Texas, since my wife and I grew up in the great East Texas pine forest. After marrying my high school sweetheart, we didn’t stick around Texas long. Lynnette finished up her teaching degree and we took off ‘Gypsy Style’ to the sunny gulf coast of Florida. There I pursued my passion for art at Ringling College of Art and Design, culminating in a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from one of the top art schools in the world. We thoroughly enjoyed being 15 minutes from the beautiful white sand beaches.

After graduation I accepted a position as an illustrator at Lisa Frank in Tucson, Arizona. The dry Sonoran desert climate took a while to grow on us. Cool Stuff about Tucson: our great church home (Casas), all three of our sons being born there, Eegees, the Gaslight Theater and spectacular nightly sunsets. At Lisa Frank I worked primarily as an illustrator creating and modifying new pieces of art for stickers, school supplies, craft kits and coloring books. I also did graphic design, package design, patent drawings, product mockups and many other types of projects. I especially enjoyed working alongside and playing ping pong with the other great artists there. Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person by the way, though she mainly worked at her home office during my years there instead of the huge HQ building. One of the best things about having worked there is that I continue to see art that I worked on in major retailers: Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Sam’s, Dollar Tree, Etc.

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What is Tradigital Art?  Because of my love, expertise and training in both traditional and digital art. Tradigital Art is now both a fun hobby and a growing small company.

How I got started making custom Adobe Illustrator Brushes: It’s kind of funny that the first brush I ever made and my current best seller are both a rope brush. I spent a fun and rewarding Ringling summer working on Jellybean Junction, a half hour animated Children’s video, for N8 and his family’s Ministry. One of it’s characters is Roper Dan, a cowboy who does ‘fancy roping tricks’. I built a brush to create all the lasso and rope elements for that scene and it worked great! Ever since, I’ve saved a ton of time by creating custom brushes for detailed chain jewelry fashion elements, lace trim and even soda bubbles. From there I have created hundreds of brushes and styles that offer artists and designers these kinds of powerful shortcuts. That’s how TradigitalArt became the leader in premium Adobe Illustrator Brushes

 

Feel free to contact me at stevencrawley@live.com I’d love to hear from you!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. swiggins1963 permalink
    December 13, 2012 9:35 pm

    Steven,
    I wish we had a few more years together. You are by far a one of the most talented artist I have met and I know you will go far in your field. I will keep a closer eye on your site from now on. This new media you use has been constantly changing and I believe you have been very successful in keeping up with those changes. Please keep up the excellent quality of work.
    SW

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  2. January 22, 2014 11:29 pm

    Lookin’ Good Steven! I love the Gangster pic.

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    • October 6, 2015 7:22 pm

      Thanks Q! It was a fun photo sitting. I want to do the Busters Photography in Galveston now, they do pirate theme!

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