About

James 'Jimbo' PictonHi there, welcome to my portfolio website. Before you start looking around, let me introduce myself…

I’m Jim ‘Jimbo’ Picton and I’m from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

I’m an Australian freelance artist who dabbles in the traditional visual arts of illustration and also the pixel-pushing black arts of multimedia.

What … he can teach too?

Yes! I’m a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers and am happily-employed by Central Queensland University as a Unit Coordinator and Lecturer on the Bachelor of Digital Media staff.  I have years of experience as an art & multimedia teacher in the state school system, but have also worked as an Australian Army Education Officer managing the development of curriculum, classroom instruction and flexible learning products.

Skills

I’m flexible, really flexible and my solutions combine the traditional arts with their contemporary ‘New Media’ cousins. My strengths include:

  • excellent communication skills
  • illustration & painting (traditional & digital, storyboards)
  • instructional design (Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Lectora)
  • animation (Flash)
  • conceptual art (character design, ideas, products)
  • game design & development (Unity, Construct 2)
  • design (weblogos, PowerPoint, eLearning templates)
  • photography, and
  • education (school, vocational education and university teaching experience)
Weapons of choice

Coming from a traditional art / illustration background I like to put my ideas on paper before I start pixel bashing. I’ve found that this really gives me an edge and speeds up my workflow substantially, ensuring that I can meet tough deadlines.

My favourite mediums are: pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, water paint, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Painter IX and Dreamweaver.

Inspiration

Every day is an adventure, and I’m inspired by many things and many people. My favourite Australian traditional artists are Norman Lindsay, Fred Williams and Sidney Nolan. Historically, I find it hard to look past Vincent Van Gogh. On the digital front, I love the work of the ‘New Media’ artists at Australian INfront and Australian animator Adam Phillips.

Please feel free to have a look around my site and drop me a line if you feel the need.