My name is Cory Clow, I’m a Visual Designer from the centre of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty One Territory). Illustration, helping organizations achieve their goals through strategy, conceptualization, collaboration and visual branding is an area that I thrive upon. I have provided direction on three national launches of brands. My professional background in design ranges from working as an in-house graphic designer, designer for agencies and as a freelance designer. I have over 20 years of experience working for large, mid-sized and small companies as well as independently. These experiences have involved visual design, visual brand identities, brand campaigns, illustration, motion graphics and interactive design.
Going way back, my first grade teacher told my parents to put me in art lessons. Myself and one other student were the only ones who could “hand-write” our names in a “cursive” form. I had my first Art Lesson at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the summer between grade one and two. In the summer between grade three and four I took my first computer class at the University of Manitoba (Mini U). This is where I created my first computer graphics, drawing pixel by pixel, 8-bit illustrations in black and white. From grade four to six, I was exempted from some classes to take art lessons, learning still life drawing, acrylic painting, pastels, pen and ink and pointillism. My junior high to high school Art Teacher (Martin Lewis) convinced my parents that I would be miserable if I didn’t do something that involved art. On his own time, he mounted all of my artwork and got me enrolled for Fine Arts. Unfortunately, I wasn’t mature enough for the commitment.
After pondering my career, I ended up taking the multimedia course at Robertson College where I learned a lot about computer programs, how to trouble-shoot problems and how to self-educate myself. A special thank you to my parents and family for their patience and support.
After Robertson College, my first job was as a freelancer, creating a visual brand identity for a bed and breakfast located in Selkirk, MB. The project involved me designing a logo, business cards, a brochure and a website that I hand-coded in notepad. My first full-time job in the industry was digitally painting comic books for Marvel and DC Comics for a company called Digital Chameleon in Winnipeg, MB. It said to be the first agency to digitally paint comic books using Photoshop. While working there, I also worked on the post production of a traditionally animated series that aired weekly on YTV. My involvement entailed scanning traditional cel animations (frame by frame), digitizing them, digital painting, adding camera effects, compositing and creating colour palettes using Toon Boom. After working there for two years, I decided that I really wanted to start creating things myself. I left to go back to school full-time for the Graphic Design Program at Red River College.