Meet the Team

Douglas A. Sirois Content Contributor

Doug Sirois was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 2001 earning himself a BFA in illustration. He has since illustrated and designed everything from children’s book covers and cd covers to clothing and apparel. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration at CalState, Fullerton in 2009. He currently resides in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife Jenn, son Micah, and his dog Miles. Clients in the past have included...

Don Seegmiller

Don Seegmiller is a successful artist, author and instructor. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Don has been teaching at the university level for 17 years. He is a member of the faculty and coordinates the Illustration Area of the Art and Visual Communication Department at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. Don teaches both traditional and digital painting, and conducts classes for the Academy of Art University online.
Don conducts...

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis Content Contributor

An award-winning artist and author, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis has always worked with traditional art tools. A native Californian, her art is a reflection of the inspiring travels she made with her family around the Pacific Rim — Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and Hong King, to name a few. A pioneer in digital art, Cher has created illustrations using the Macintosh computer for nearly three decades. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom pressure-sensitive...

Carlyn Beccia Content Contributor

Carlyn Beccia is an author and illustrator and has received numerous awards for her work. Her latest release, I Feel Better with a Frog in my Throat was the nonfiction picture book Cybil Award winner, Parent’s Choice Silver Honor medalist, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio award winner and received a Silver Honor from the California Reading Assoication’s Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards.

Aaron Rutten Artist / Content Contributor

I’m a Seattle based artist and educator who has exhibited and sold artwork in countries all around the world. I share my illustration techniques as video tutorials on my YouTube channel which features hundreds of video tutorials that teach nearly every aspect of digital painting with Corel Painter. Students have traveled from as far away as Qatar to study in person with me.
In my studio, I use a Wacom Cintiq 24HD and I paint outdoors on a Wacom Cintiq...

Aaron Blaise

For 21 years Aaron Blaise worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan” and more.
In 2003 he was co-director of “Brother Bear” for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
After “Brother Bear” he helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to...

Suzanne Smith Content Creator

Suzanne Smith has been a Corel UK employee since 2002 and has an in-depth knowledge of Corel products. Working first as a technical support agent for German and Dutch customers, Suzanne has been providing corporate product training now for many years as well as regularly attending UK and European trade-shows where she provides Corel customers with all-day seminars, showcasing the latest software tools that can be used to develop skills and enhance business potential.

Steve Bain Author/Content Contributor

Steve is a communication consultant working in hardware and software development industry. He is also the founder of Definio Communications, Inc. whose mission is to help companies migrate from print-based authoring to cloud-based knowledge delivery. In his younger days, Steve worked as publications designer, technical graphic illustrator, photographer, and publishing specialist before the advent of digital technology. He was also an early adapter of digital illustration software and later added “writer” to his skill set, which enabled him to...

Stefan Lindblad CorelDRAW Master

Stefan Lindblad has been in the graphics profession working with CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT since 1997. He took a break from art and illustration at age 31, working with other things. Then the lust came back again, after two years, and he remembered what it was he wanted to work with. He registered his own company as a freelancer and has worked with it full time since then.

Joseph Diaz CorelDRAW Master

Joseph Diaz is a graphic designer and sign artist who grew up working in a family-owned sign shop, Diaz Sign Art, which has been providing quality signs and designs for well over thirty years. Joseph started by sweeping the shop floors at the family business as a kid, and when he showed interest in what his parents were doing, they began teaching him how to layout signs. Before long he was creating simple layouts, and by high school he...