Hello, I’m Hayden.
Living in Toronto, I work as a freelance illustrator and animator helping brands bring fun and play to their projects. In addition to that, I am one of Skillshare’s Top Teachers—having taught 60,000+ of my fellow creatives through design and illustration courses. But this is pretty surface-level stuff. If you want to know me better, keep on reading.
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In 2013 I graduated from a three year program in Graphic Design and moved on to work at a few different studios throughout Toronto. It wasn’t long before I decided to take my newfound skills on the road and moved to London, England to continue my design career. It was here that I aimed to fulfill a life-long dream of seeing the world. 2 years and 22 countries later I found myself with a pretty satiated sense of wanderlust (at least for the time being) but a lack of fulfillment in the work I was doing. While I was fortunate to be working with great agencies as a designer in the UK, I lost touch with the thing that I loved most—illustration. It was then that I decided to move back to Toronto and pursue the work of my dreams.
Today I work as a freelancer on projects that combine design and illustration. In addition to this I have made art education a big part of my life as I continue to not only teach others but take on many art courses myself. Being able to share what I’ve learned through courses, mentorship and tutorials has brought a world of purpose to what I do. I can’t think of anything that pushes me more to improve than knowing that whatever new skills I gain, I get to pass on to others.
But I've also learned in this process that life isn't just about art. In fact, I pride myself on being a hobby collector. When I'm not working I can be found practicing parkour, designing games, juggling, reading, travelling, bird-watching and yes, being a dungeon master. And if you have a certain activity you're mighty fond of, introduce me—I'm always looking for more.
Places I’ve shown up
(2017) "10 People Every Aspiring Designer Should Follow on Twitter"
(2017) Master of One podcast (and again)
(2017) Online Course Masters show
(2017) Behance feature for 'Motion'
(2017) Featured by Redbubble for Earth Day
(2016) Winner of Blackformat Food Challenge
(2016) "Secrets to Skillshare Success"
(2016) "It's Okay Not to Know" Webinar
(2016) Interviewed on Skillshare
(2016) Published in Student Voices
(2016) Featured by 365 Awesome Designers
(2016) Featured on Redbubble