Hi, I'm Matt. I work as a live illustrator.
I create giant sketch notes (graphic recordings) of plenary and workshop sessions as a service for large gatherings.
I listen fast & draw big on paper panels to help event attendees SEE what is and was spoken.
These big hand-drawn illustrations created real-time during workshops, meetings, and conference engagements provide a holistic view of a conversation or speaking engagement.
This is HUGE Social media content(for the event AND attendees), speakers love the attention, and attendees enjoy the extra visual note taking and photo target.
I am an electrical engineer by education, an artist by choice, a salesman by necessity, and a strategist by skill and experience. My career has been...eclectic. I have designed handheld computers, wall murals, set up corporate processes, sold industrial control systems, and designed websites. I work regularly in the fight against human trafficking. This wide array of experiences (and, clearly, not knowing what I will be when I grow up) has helped me develop a broad level of knowledge in a variety of industries, sectors, and markets. Today, however, I Listen.
My first job as a live illustrator, was in 2009. I was hired by a strategy consultancy firm to be an onsite artist for a local manufacturing company. Scared out of my mind, I practiced, I bought bright markers, I pre-drew designs, and... I had the time of my life. A wonderful, overheard compliment from a C-level executive at the event made me think..
I had no idea what the heck you guys were talking about until HE drew it.
I live and work in Exotic Peninsula, Ohio (Between Cleveland and Akron Ohio). My hobbies include reading, bicycling, but I love what I do- so that's practically a hobby in and of itself.
Connect with me on LinkedIn. I post there regularly.
Recent Podcast Interview
Pierre Quinn interviewed Matt for the Leading While Green Podcast in late 2019. Episode 101 - Drawing for a Living, feature's Matt's back story from engineering, mural artistry, entreprenuership all the way through graphic facilitation.