A few simple graphics I created for the Bond Review Board yearly State and Local Debt Report. (A fine artist I'm not, but, hey, we couldn't find the appropriate clip art at the moment.)
My experience in graphics is production-oriented rather than artistic. The print production and desktop publishing background necessitated working with halftones and spot color. Web graphic experience has brought home the difference between CMYK and RGB. I have a good *eye* for good visual design, although I am not a graphic designer myself.
I learned CorelDRAW 2.0 for desktop publishing, and became comfortable with manipulating clipart, and creating very simple graphics. I then wrote and edited training manuals for Corel versions 5.0 through 7.0, as well as occasional one-on-one training. My experience at Technology & Communications, Inc., at that point, the only Corel Authorized Training Center in Austin, and as a member of the local Corel Users Group has kept me current with the software.
I became an expert in the software when I took a job as Technical Illustrator at Applied Materials, having had no background whatsoever in illustration or art training. My only qualification was the depth of knowledge I had in the software. Remarkably, I became quite adept at technical illustration using CorelDRAW and Adobe Photoshop 3.0. The task was illustrating assembly procedures to be used in training assemblers. Before this project, the illustrations used were the AutoCAD drawings produced by engineers for engineers. The illustrations drawn in Corel were exquisitely more understandable to a non-engineering staff. Of course, Applied Materials owns the drawings, and therefore I cannot post them to this website. Please let me know if you would like to see my portfolio during a face-to-face meeting.