Matt Stewart: Art, Illustrations, Graphic Design, & Web Development
I was born in a small town outside of St. Louis, Missouri but now live in Calgary, Alberta. As a kid I loved history, science, and all things pop culture, with little of this changing to this day. I studied archaeology in University and after graduating I became a professional, consultant archaeologist. At the same time as being an archaeologist, I was also a freelance artist and designer. After a few years, art and design instead became my main professional focus and I have continued to grow my skills with web development and social media marketing.
I am a versatile artist who has worked on a range of different projects (see my portfolio here for examples). I am mainly a traditional artist with a focus on portraits, comic art, trading card art, fantasy/science fiction art, film storyboards, and character designs. I am also an experienced graphic designer, creating logos, posters, t-shirts, and other graphics using Adobe programs (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop).
It may seem odd but in addition to my experience in art and web development is my archaeology experience. I have over 10 years experience as a professional permit holder archaeologist in western Canada. I have been a part and oversaw projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Currently I do not work in the field of archaeology as art and web development takes up the majority of my time, but I still keep an eye out for small contracts where I can wander about through the Canadian forests in search of heritage resources.
I have a B.A. from the University of Northern British Columbia and an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan. I completed programs in Digital Graphic Design from Mount Royal University and Web Development from SAIT. I continue to learn through online courses like Comics: Art in Relationship, Project Management for Designers, Introduction to Graphic Illustration and others that I have completed. I believe that by continuing to educate one’s self is the only way to stay relevant and versatile enough to engage any task.