John Dearstyne currently
lives in Gresham, Oregon a suburb of Portland.
He attended the Kansas City Art Institute and Indiana University receiving
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Graphic Design and Photography.
After graduating from Indiana University He taught Design, Drawing and
Photography at Oregon State University. During that time his interest
shifted to freelance commercial Illustration.
He left O.S.U. and set up a freelance studio in Los Angeles, California,
doing illustration work for advertising agencies, magazines and the film
and entertainment industries. He uses the Macintosh platform and Adobe
Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Express, Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash.
His work has been featured in Print Magazine, Graphis, The Society of
Illustrators -L.A. and N.Y. exhibitions and has received numerous awards
in those and other shows and publications. (See
resume for "Client List")
Computers and the Internet have made it possible for every illustrator
to be "The Neighborhood Illustrator." The issue of distance
vs. time has been removed from the art directors' standpoint.