Who is Matt Lindley? Writing about myself has always been difficult. What can you say to sell yourself, without sounding pompous or arrogant? I think I enjoy self-description about as much as I do public speaking. Not at all. Still, it is expected…
Matt Lindley is…
I am a freelance artist and graphic designer, based in Dallas, TX. My work history and a great deal of my time in college was spent in programming (my second love) and data analysis. However, after 20 years in corporate America, I returned to art and design. After leaving programming, I moved on to freelance web development and design. This allowed me to express my artistic side, while staying [relatively] close to programming. In the end, however, art won out over everything else. I still do some web design, but the development part is minimal.
My personal art preferences vary greatly. The only form of art that I usually find uninteresting (or even irritating) are generic still life images. You know the kind – think fruit in a bowl [gag]. I am mostly drawn to abstract imagery, which is also my personal preference for my own artwork. I believe that is because it focuses more on color, forms and movement, without directly attempting to force a specific representation of anything. Lately, I have been experimenting a little more with surreal and realistic art. I find that while it is not my core art form, there is so much I can learn from pushing my own boundaries.
I began my art with traditional wet media. However, I now produce my work digitally. My primary tools are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, ArtRage, and Blender.
I do quite a bit of contract design work: business logos, wedding monograms, custom printed chocolate for events, print design, etc. My approach for this kind of work is fairly methodical. Who is the audience? I like to know as much about the target demographic as is possible. What is the goal of the project? What is the client trying to accomplish? I am not afraid to assign homework to my clients. I find it helps both of us understand what the end goal should be.
That’s me, in a nutshell. I hope you will check out my work. If you find something you like, I *really* hope you will consider buying a print, or hiring me to do contract work. Whatever you end up doing, thank you for taking the time to check me out.
My Core Applications
These are well within my comfort zone.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Standard MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
Apps with which I have some experience. Some of these used to be core apps; but, I have not used them in some time (*).
- Adobe Lightroom
- Adobe Premier Pro
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Audition
- Blender *
- Daz Studio
- MS Access *
- MS PowerPoint *