Jayson Halberstadt was diagnosed at age five with autism/aspergers. He has lived in New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. He studied Cartooning under the direction of former Disney Animator, Al Baruch. He's been published in Virge Magazine, Asperkids: Not Your Average Coloring Book and Uncommon Minds. His artwork has been exhibited in several South Florida galleries, as well as The SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in NYC. He's created logos, advertisements and Art for various charitable organizations and has received recognition from some of his heroes such as Derek Jeter and Geddy Lee. He is interested in pursuing a career in Animation and Illustration.
"My art is mostly digital
cartoons. I use two computer programs called Paint tool SAI,
and Photoshop. The first step I do is a free hand sketch drawing on paper or
with my digital Wacom pen tablet which is connected to my computer. This allows
me to see the sketch immediately on my computer screen as I draw it. Next I
outline the hand sketch in Paint Tool SAI, then color and shade it in
Photoshop. Depending on what the
characters are doing, I decide on what to draw for a background which I create
in Photoshop. On average, the process
from sketch to completion takes approximately four hours. " Visit his virtual GALLERY .
Joseph Michael Vidal was born in Arlington Virginia and moved to Florida when he was seven years old. He started drawing at the age of two and was diagnosed with autism at age three. He draws different shapes, logos, ads, books, cards, and many more. Later he was introduced to the computer which became his best toy. Currently he is a student at Broward college where he is studying graphic design. He is featured in the book; The Art of Autism, Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini. But, his big dream is to become a cartoonist, inspired by his mentor and best friend, former Disney animator, Al Baruch. Visit his GALLERY