Welcome to Know Off Hand. My name is Paul Watson, and I am a creative media developer. I’m in the 18th year of my career, spanning the perspective of both freelance artist and leading team member of a media company.
I began my career as a freelance illustrator and gained recognition from a growing number of international clients. My work ranges from magazine covers to featured spreads, news reports to story support, advertising to packaging. I also served on the Faculty/Alumni board at Sheridan College, contributing to the design of the Post Graduate Illustration program and judging student year end shows.
Using the computer (Macs from the beginning) as my main toolset, I started to cross-pollinate different fields of creativity. Be it illustration, graphic design, photography, video, music and other forms, I pursued combining these disciplines and creating new branches of output. I ventured to do film and concert posters, incorporated audio production, animating my images and designs, and traveled the world with camera and film. It became apparent that each skill-set strengthened the other, and any acquired aesthetic sensibilities could both translate and flourish.
I currently utilize a wide range of leading media software such as Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Logic Studio Pro, and a suite of other creative real world tools. I am comfortable taking the lead on projects from the planning stages through production, from overall art direction to final publishing in varied market mediums and formats.
I currently live in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Canada with my wife Monica and our eleven year old son Lee.