Martin McCann @ Seattle Central

Martin McCannMartin McCann has been creating art since he could lift a crayon. At the age of 5 his first “big” project was drawing a map of the continental United States on the wall of his room, complete with highways and railroads.

His desire to design and produce visual art was strong, with the creative process leading him to the drawing board: architectural, commercial and product design.

After years of creating art with real materials Martin decided it was time to learn how to do it virtually. In the early 1990’s he took on the newly introduced Photoshop and Freehand (now Illustrator), and since then has taken his mastery of digital graphic design and parlayed it into a variety of interesting projects including architectural signage, websites, logos, unique graphics, and the Cooper’s Pack travel guide and ebook series.

His respect for learning has lead him to share his knowledge of the website design process as an adjunct college instructor (his idea of the ultimate hobby job).

What more do you need to know?

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What do you know about art?
Martin has a BA in Graphic Communications and in Fine Arts. He co-managed two different art galleries. He sat on the Art Advisory Board for the Cheney-Cowles Museum (now known as MAC). Martin had a major art event in the Washington Shoe Building in May 2000. Essentially it was being born with the talent and attitude needed to be an artist.

What’s with the hair?
He grows it for charity. Every 2-1/2+ years Martin cuts off ~13 inches and donates it to Locks-of-Love. He has been doing this since 1998. September 2014 was his sixth harvest.

What is your favorite destination vacation?
Martin has made a pilgrimage to Amsterdam, NL every year of this millennium and intends to keep going. It is a beautiful city, full of exciting, friendly and diverse people. The infrastructure has been designed to maximum the use of bicycles and best of all it is oh so European.

Surf & Turf Martin Style

What else do you do that is creative?
Martin is a trained chef in the restaurant fashion. He enjoys experimenting with ingredients to produce new taste sensations. He takes photographs of these creations with the intention of making a culinary web site.

What is the size of your carbon foot-print?
Martin uses a bicycle as his primary mode of transportation, therefore his carbon foot-print is roughly 1-1/2″ wide. He also thinks they should go back to making paper with a more sustainable fiber then wood.

Where in the Inspirations Lay

Visual Artists

  • Leonardo da Vinci
    • The Renaissance Man with all the crazy skills needed to be a true Creative Genius.
  • Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
    • Ever stared at a single brush stroke in awe of its simple elaborateness?
  • Vincent van Gogh
    • Among other things, Starry Night sends shivers of Sacré Blue up and down my spine whenever I gaze upon it.
  • Claude Monet
    • I walked by and took a mere two second glance at a painting of Claude’s wife that was hanging in the Chicago Art Institute. It was then that I truly understood just what all the fuss was about.
  • Andy Warhol
    • How to make money while The Factory makes your art …brilliant!

Musical Artists

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Piano Concerto #21 in C Major – ’nuff said.
  • Paul van Dyk
    • Defines Trance.

    If there ever is a mash-up of these two composer it will be in my play-list forever.

Culinary Artists

  • Graham Kerr
    • At 4 yrs old, there was no Sesame Street, so I watched the Galloping Gourmet.
  • Gordan Ramsey
    • If You Can’t Handle the Heat Get Out of the Kitchen!
  • Anthony Bourdain
    • Kitchen Confidential is spot on – indicative of my Salad Days.

Literary Artists

    • Terry Pratchett
      • Clever, witty & intelligent: headology, magik & technology bound together in hardcover.
    • PJ O’Rourke
      • A conservative marinaded in satire and scotch, observing the irony of human existence on this planet.
    • Christopher Moore
      • Carrying on with demons, communing with vampires, conversing with fruit bats, consuming with artists, what more could a reader ask…?

Con Artists

    • See Andy Warhol ;-}