Collin Byrd, Assistant Professor

Collin Byrd

Assistant Professor

Collin Byrd is a Professor of Graphic Illustration and Animation at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and currently developing the animation concentration for the Arts program.

Mr. Byrd’s proficiencies include 2D animation, sequential art, 3D sculpting and 3D Printing. Mr. Byrd attended the Art Institute of Washington from 2006 to 2010, and the graduate program at the Savannah College of Art in Design from 2010-2013. In 2013, he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Animation. 

From there, he interned at Primal Screen in Atlanta, Georgia, as a storyboard artist. As a storyboard artist, Mr. Byrd worked with clients such as Disney designing advertisements for the Disney Channel. After Primal Screen, Mr. Byrd returned to their undergraduate alma mater, The Art Institute of Washington, to teach 2D animation. From there, Mr. Byrd would go on to teach animation at Buena Vista University and the Savannah College of Art and Design before arriving at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

When not teaching, Mr. Byrd is constantly experimenting with the limits of artistic digital creation tools. From 3D prints of figures sculpted on digital tablets, to interactive moving comic art, Mr. Byrd is always finding new ways to push the envelope. Their pride and joy is the animated webcomic, “The Crimson Fly,” an experimental superhero coming of age story for both its main character and creator, but their true calling is finding new ways to invite others to share in the joy of artistic creation. Whether its creative ways to limit spending on artistic tools, finding innovative ways of using existing tools, or pushing the boundaries of tools yet to enter the cultural zeitgeist, Mr. Byrd is always moving forward.

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