My name is McLean Kendree, and I am a concept artist by day, and freelance illustrator by night. I sleep on the weekends.
Hopefully my portfolio speaks for itself, so here is a little background on myself:
My first formal art instruction began in my junior year of highschool, at the Governor's School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. At the time it was one of only two Governor's School art programs that ran a year-long residential high school program, for both junior and senior year of high school. I was very fortunate to receive college-level training so early.
I followed up by attending Ringling College of Art and Design. I orginally started out as a Computer Animation major, but soon figured out that I would be much happier drawing and painting, instead of animating. I switched to Illustration, which did add an extra year onto my college experience, but was probably the single best decision I made during college.
Next came my second-best decision at college. During my Ringling stay, the Illustration Academy relocated itself from VCU to Ringling's campus. I attended the Academy twice, during the summer. The Illustration Academy is a 7-week intensive "art boot camp" where you study under pros like Jon Foster, Sterling Hundley, George Pratt, Mark English, Brent Watkinson, and others. The program is put on by John English, who is a greatly talented artist, and puts on a heckuva program.
It was during my College experience when I started to take on professional freelance jobs, with publishers including White Wolf. This would be my third-best decision of my college career, to get the freelance machine rolling before I graduated, to ease my transition into the "real world".
Since graduating in the spring of 2008, I have worked with companies like Wizards of the Coast, THQ, White Wolf, Fantasy Flight Games, Catalyst Games, Wildfire LLC, and several other small publishing groups. My work has been featured in annuals and magazines, including Spectrum, CMYK, and ImagineFX
Contributing artist to Mongoose Publishings revival of "Traveller."