Full name

Jonathan Holden

Title

Illustrator and graphic artist

Blurb

Artist and designer with a career in engineering design and graphics. On approved hiatus from a Nuclear ME Bachelor of Science degree.

Biography

Awarded complete scholarship at age 8 to attend the Glassel teaching wing of the Houston Museum of Fine Art, with keystone piece put on display in the museum.

Displayed origami and art in Baton Rouge at age 12.

Studied oriental watercolor painting at age 14 in Baton Rouge.

Studied kinetic master artist Jaroslav Belik at age 16 while doing lithography for his business.

Sponsored at age 17 to attend Northeast Louisiana Technical College-Ruston to be mentored by watercolor master and adjunct professor M. Douglas Walton.

Worked for a theatrical troupe as art director and set designer in 1994, and for its partnering film company, based in Burbank, CA, in the same capacity in 1995.

Studied engineering design graphics in 1996 and worked in a civil engineering capacity for various public and private entities for the next five years.

Worked for the Department of Homeland Security in various capacities beginning right after 9/11 in 2001.

After civil service complete, assisted in gallery management, showing my own works as well as those of others. Given responsibilities as promotional director of the gallery. I also built bicycles as a side job.

Given special access and permission to paint "lois," the Corpse Flower housed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, during the plant’s rare stage of blooming in 2010.

Thereafter, I returned to academia to specialize in Nuclear Track Mechanical Engineering with a focus on physics research. I made the Dean’s list my first year, and was awarded for 3 years grants and scholarships for the research successes that I proposed and proved through successful experimental process.

Currently 99 credit hours into my degree and on academic-approved leave of absence, I have been invited to continue pursuing research in connection with the university while on sabbatical.

Education

BS in Nuclear Mechanical Engineering

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Odessa, TX · 2010 – Present

(Ongoing) Research and design focused studies in physics with nuclear applications. I spend a lot of time at the art department because a lot of design process can find the right muse (or piece of equipment) there.

Clients

Priority One Podcasting Axanar Productions

Specialties

Watercolor, oil pastel, pen and ink, art direction, set design, calligraphy, woodworking, metalworking, clay sculpture, origami, kirigami, bonsai

Skills

Photoshop, Gimp, Pepakura, Maya, 3DS Max, AutoCAD, Microstation, Pro-E, Wildfire, Creo, Terragen, Chaoscope, MS Office, ZBrush, Blender, MonteCarloNPX, MySQL