I’m Ryan McClain, an award-winning, battle-tested, multidisciplinary designer and artist born and raised in the soft hills of good ol’ West Virginia. I totally vibe on ridiculous horror movies, under-cooked chocolate chip cookies, video games on the hardest setting, and making sweet stuff that people enjoy.
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I grew up much like most other 80’s kids I’d wager. Cartoons and comics were my childhood soap operas, action figures and Legos were neighborhood status symbols, and revealing a Nerf gun in an open back yard meant someone had a score to settle.
This consistent ingestion of all things kid-awesome and my growing ability to creatively illustrate ideas and speak to the world visually gave me both a wellspring of inspiration and a means in which to express it.
I’ve splashed around in nearly every artistic outlet since childhood discovering new favorites and hobbies along the way while honing and perfecting others. For the last decade though, I’ve been warming my cheeks in the Arizona sun working as a firm-leading graphics director. My portfolio is built from years of working in a variety of outlets including illustration, logo design, branding, graphic design, photography, photo-simulation, digital modeling, virtual reality, and even acrylic paint and prosthetic makeup.
If artistic monogamy was a thing, I would be a very reprehensible fellow…
years keeping it cool
years of experience
super-cool rescue cats
serious love of design
the strong suits
Whether it be sketching, rendering, storytelling, or visually enhancing the otherwise mundane, I’m your guy
Photography & Simulation
A passion-turned-skill, photography and editing along with simulation have become something of a favorite of mine.
Design & Layout
When our visual messages are conveyed clearly, concisely, and beautifully I actually sleep better at night.
From Playdoh, sand, and mud to clays and prosthetics, and all the way to digital building blocks, modeling scratches that 3D itch like none other.
branding & identity
Nothing like the feeling of discovering the theme and voice behind a great idea and bringing it to life in the visual form.
digital & hand painting
I’ve had an interest in paint since I was young. When I discovered the Wacom tablets though? Game changer.
let me show you mine
Under The Hood
I’d like to think consistency breeds familiarity. Familiarity then tends to foster new confidence and broader horizons.
These are some of the major programs I’ve had the opportunity to learn with, play in, cry about, and expose for the cruel time-wasters they are.
I kid, these programs rawk.
Photoshop - 95%
Illustrator - 80%
InDesign - 70%
Premiere - 20%
Lumion - 60%
AutoCAD - 70%
Google Nik Photography Editor Collection - 85%
Microsoft Image Composite Editor - 80%
Alchemy - 60%
Indigo Renderer - 75%
SketchUp - 85%
Wordpress - 50%
z brush - 10%
Reach out, why don't ya?