Greetings, I'm Drew!
Inspired at the young age of 5, Drew developed an appetite for the arts to bring form to his already emerging creativity and budding imagination. He began his journey to capture not only the magic, but the method behind the comics, films, and animation programs which enchanted him as a child.
At his local high school, Drew was awarded a scholarship to attend ‘The Ryman Program for Young Artists’ after winning a regional-wide art contest at the age of 16. The weekly program was held at the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) campus within the Fine Art Department by several elite artists. It was through this program where Drew received life changing mentorships from many acclaimed professionals, whom worked closely with him to nurture his gifts and further his understanding of the theories and methods of illustration.
Drew was accepted to many of the best art schools in California, however, college was unattainable for him financially. Instead of quitting on his dream of becoming an artist, he adopted a doctrine of self-education, and began schooling himself to enhance his skillset as an designer, illustrator, marketer, and brand developer.
After a few years of hard work and dedication, often times involving 16-18 hour days of a non-stop work rate, Drew started receiving offers to work on small projects in the entertainment and media industry. As he broadened his experience and continued to develop an already impressive portfolio, he was also building a reputation as a serious talent.
Then, it happened… Drew started taking meetings with major brands who began to reach out after seeing Drew’s unique set of skills and services, brands such as Louis Vuitton, CBS, Trump Hotels / Organization, Corona, Jenny McCarthy, MGM Grand, Intel, Celebrities, Famous R&B and Pop Music Groups, and many more.
Drew hopes to continue his journey of breaking past the boundaries of his creative limits, evolve his abilities, and sign onto more exciting projects within the entertainment industry. His greatest ambition is for his work to capture the imagination of his audience, but more importantly, he hopes his art/actions will inspire everyone to pursue their dreams.
I am a full-time Graphic Artist, Illustrator, and Concept Artist residing in Los Angeles, California. On this website you will see my personal and professional art portfolio work in the fields of illustration, concept art, character logos, graphic design, architectural rendering, portraits, drawing, and much more. contact me if you would like to hire me or outsource me as your artist.
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I go by the alias, MAIJIN. I get many questions on the origin of the name… Well, im an anime fanatic and naturally I adopted the moniker from, one of the baddest, and most powerful dudes, in the universe of Dragonball Z (top 3 of my favorite anime shows of all time) who had a similar name… but there’s a deeper reason.
The name bears a strong connection to how I approach my work and career… In the name, MAIJIN, the Jin is short for the term ‘Jinni’ in Japanese culture. Never heard of a Jinni? Well it is more common to spell it as, Genie, in western culture. So there’s a little magic in my name, and aside from revealing my nerdy ass love for tv animations. I felt it was/is a fitting characterization of what I love to do in my career… using my imagination to make dreams happen!