the art of ian hastings
Artistic passion, and a drive to create, has fueled Ian's desire to be a professional Art Director and Artist.
After graduating from the Center for Creative Studies (Detroit) in 1990, Ian began his career as an Art Director at Ross Roy, an advertising firm in Windsor, Ontario.
In 1992, Ian launched his freelance illustration career and was engaged by both local, and international clientèle.
Ian started his animation career as a background painter on the 2D animated feature BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: THE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS in 1996 and continued with Walt Disney Animation to paint backgrounds for several more films such as POCAHONTAS II: JOURNEY TO A NEW WORLD, THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA, and RETURN TO NEVER LAND.
He has also provided art for various television series including CLONE HIGH, direct-to-video movies such as RESCUE HEROES: THE MOVIE and numerous television commercials over the years.
After working on the 3D animated feature THE WILD, Ian art directed his first animation project in 2005 developing the 26 episode 3D series GET ED for Disney’s Jetix Network. He followed this by art directing a 2D series, WAYSIDE for Nelvana/Nickelodeon. In 2010, Ian provided art direction for the 3D TV series BOLTS & BLIP, quickly followed by providing art direction and character design for the TV series THE BEET PARTY in 2012.
In 2013, Ian Art Directed his first feature length film, THE NUT JOB. The film went on record as being the highest grossing independent animated film in North America its opening weekend.
Ian holds dual US/Canadian citizenship, and currently provides the entertainment and animation industry with stylish and unique images from his studio in Toronto.