About

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

I’m Jimbo Picton and I’m from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

I’m a Bachelor of Multimedia (Distinction) qualified 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 hold a Graduate Diploma of Learning & Teaching (Distinction) and am currently employed by Central Queensland University as a Course-Coordinator and Lecturer on the Bachelor of Digital Media staff.  I’m registered with the Queensland College of Teachers and have years of experience as an art / multimedia teacher in the state school system. I have also worked as an Australian Army Education Officer and was responsible for developing curriculum, instruction and flexible learning products.

What exactly is multimedia?

Multimedia or ‘New Media’ (as it’s now known) covers everything from interactive games, Computer-Based Learning (CBL) and edu-tainment products to Internet websites and animation. It can educate, inspire and entertain. It’s a big playing field, and I’m mainly focussed on the design side of the house; I’m not a code monkey, and make no claims to be one (I am however, friends with a number of these  monkeys).

Skills

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

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 artistic mediums are: pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, water paint, Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, Painter IX and Dreamweaver. Mixed-media experimentation can lead to some truly cool outcomes.

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’re interested in my services.