the Art of Frank Mazzola Jr.
What does return to digital art mean? In 1995, Frank wrote the children's book Counting is for the Birds published in 1997 (still in print.) Back then, creating illustrations digitally was a fairly new concept but his publisher thought I was a terrific idea since Frank designed, laid out, and delivered a print ready book on multiple CDs.
Fast forward again; In March of 2021, when a tweet from @BloomJrArt about NFTs blew Frank's mind.
Thank you @BloomJrArt for introducing me to the NFT community. Check out BloomJrArt here .
You can learn about NFT art here.
Frank's journey into the NFT space will be public. Please follow him on social media. Use this link .
Occasional announcements and updates will happen on gelloybytes.com too.
A brief history:
BA Studio Art, College of Wooster
Illustrated the Ocean Alphabet Book
Graphic Designer for BBG a leader (at the time) of business graphics and slide creation for corporations including Fidelity & Reebok. BBG used an all digital workflow using both Mac and PC platforms.
1991 - 2001
Owner of Rd Design, specializing in business graphics, desktop publishing, and illustration.
1995 - 2002
Wrote and illustrated Counting is for the Birds, a Teachers Choice winner & Young Hoosiers Book Award finalist. Illustrated The Crayon Counting Book, a Children's Choice selection, & collaborated on several books with Rob Bolster
1999 - 2002
Co-founder of Jennings Pond LLC & its book imprint Dancing Star Books using brands including Cheerios, PF Goldfish, Froot Loops and Necco Sweethearts. We created titles for our distribution partner, HarperCollins Publishers.
2002 - 2017
Stay at home parent. During this time Frank painted traditionally while keeping his eye on the digital space. In 2010 he created a children's app called iSee123 - A Counting Adventure - a New & NoteWorthy pick in the Apple App store, June 2010. He also coached several of his son's sport teams, volunteered for countless school events, wrote articles for the PTA, supported his wife's career with words of encouragement like "Nice!" "You're wearing that?" or texting "When will you be home?" @ 4 in the afternoon.
2014 - 2020
Painted at his studio in West Concord MA. Housed in an old converted mill, Frank shared studio space with the talented Astrid Behnam. Artist William Quigley once painted in their studio. On meeting Frank, William said, "Man you can paint."
Still creating and still learning. Exploring the NFT community, crypto currency and trying to understand what block-chain technology is all about.
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