Jordan McCracken-Foster

I am a concept/visual development artist currently based in San Francisco. I received my BFA in Illustration from RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and I my MFA in Concept Art for Games from the Academy of Art University. I primarily work in the animation industry, and my most recent project was at DreamWorks TV Animation working as a Lead Character Designer on one of their upcoming projects. I also do some freelance projects on the side.

I’ve always loved drawing but unfortunately, I was not always the most skilled. The way I got to where I am today is by grinding and putting in the long hours in order to live out my dream of becoming a successful artist. I’ve also never had a Plan B. Art is my passion and I’m so thankful that I get to do it for a living along with helping others improve on a platform as amazing and encouraging as Art Prof.

Artist Statement

The first form of art that I was interested in was animation, so it makes sense for me to wind up caring about this industry more than any other in the artistic field. I’m inspired by the potential to create new imaginative worlds that people can fall into.

My work doesn’t tend to have a specific theme, but I aim to tell a unique and interesting story with every piece that I create. I typically use standard copy paper and either Col-erase pencils or Tombow Mono when working traditionally. When it’s digital I’ll flip between Photoshop, Procreate, and Clip Studio Paint.

Concept Artist & Illustrator
he/him

Super Power

Procreate, Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Pencil, Xerox Paper

Favorite artists

Michael Buffington, Ryan Benjamin, LeSean Thomas, Nathan Fowkes, Noah Bradley, Nicholas Kole, Joe Madureria, Feng Zhu, Nathan Greene, Kim Jung Ji, Bob Rafei, Seung Eun Kim, Phil Bourassa

Video Profile

Art Prof Clara Lieu interviews Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster about his studio practice as a concept artist. Jordan completed his BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in game development at the Academy of Art University. Jordan specializes in digital media, character design, and concept art.

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