Alijah Villian

About : 

I just love stories and design.  My mission in life was to be a performer, and I did for a while,  it never felt quite right, though.  There was something else that I needed to do.  Design came to me at an odd time.  I was in college when I got sick, and I'm still not sure what I had.  I was laying in bed and out of the blue it just dawned on me that I should start designing, so I did.  I stayed in Chicago for a while working with some record labels, WNBA, and running a branding company called Four-Sixteen. 

When I left Chicago the only place I wanted to go was Michigan - I worked at an ad agency as an art director and stole Erin’s job and finally decided it was time to move on to something greater.  I really don’t care for the way agencies treat clients - so I decided I could do it better.  My life has been all design so far, and I am blessed to be able to share it.

“A great design can change your whole operation up in an instance, developing a concept and carving it into a complete design, weaving the spirit and emotion of the piece in using texture and light.”

Specialties: 

Compositing - the idea of putting different images together to fit into one story is why I love my job.

Pen tooling- ,the art of selecting parts of images and extracting them.

3d modeling & rendering
Skin retouching
Texturing
Lighting

Favorite Types of Projects: 

I love any kind of project that involves telling a great story visually.

Favorite Book: 
Book Title: 
Catcher in the Rye
Author: 
J.D. Salinger
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Why I Love This Book: 
Cliche but classic, Catcher in the Rye is just one of those books that you can get completely lost in.
Book Title: 
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Author: 
Connie Willis
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Why I Love This Book: 
It's a masterfully written time travel story with more character depth and complexity than you can imagine.
Book Title: 
The Art of Creative Thinking 89 Ways to See Things Differently
Author: 
Rod Judkins
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Why I Love This Book: 
It's an absolute essential for any artist or innovator - an amazing look into how the greatest minds in history found their inspiration.
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Alijah Villian