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Eric Hal Hackendale | Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

  • Raised in the "Bold New City of South"
  • Played baseball through high school
  • Surfed despite my fear of sharks
Eric Hal Hackendale | Florida State University | Tallahassee, FL

Tallahasse, FL

  • Born a 'Nole (the place of my birth)
  • Attended Florida State University
  • Majored in Fine Arts (Painting/Sculpture)
Eric Hal Hackendale | Houston, TX

Houston, TX

  • 1st stop on the 2 week road-trip West
  • Toured Cullen Sculpture Garden
  • My Mom really liked Rodin's sculptures
Eric Hal Hackendale | Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, NM

  • Toured the colorful Carlsbad Caverns
  • Watched thousands of bats fly out at dusk
  • Was bitten and now live as a vampire
Eric Hal Hackendale | Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

  • Explored the beautiful landscape
  • Visited some local artists/galleries
Eric Hal Hackendale | Grand Canyon, AZ

Grand Canyon, AZ

  • Drove route West along Grand Canyon
  • Stopped at times to gaze in wonder
  • Avoided falling over the edge
Eric Hal Hackendale | Las Vegas, NV

Las Vega, NV

  • Overnight stay at the Luxor
  • Failed at counting cards - lost money
  • Did not get married or steal Mike's tiger
Eric Hal Hackendale | Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

  • Fine Arts Masters Program at USC
  • Viewed great art at MOMA/L.A. Louver
  • Lived in Hollywood/surfed best of SoCal
Eric Hal Hackendale | Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

  • Buzzed my long, curly locks
  • Return trip East: 3 days/2 puppies/1 truck
  • Began career as graphic designer
Eric Hal Hackendale | Vail, CO

Vail, CO

  • Yearly ski/snowboard trip with friends
  • Great friends, great food, and great fun
  • Unfortunately missed the last trip | Eric Hal Hackendale | Jacksonville, Florida
Long Story Short

Having survived a five year "tour de force" in Los Angeles, where I attended graduate school for fine arts at the University of Southern California, I returned to Jacksonville, Florida in 2001 to be closer to family and many lifelong friends. Prior to Los Angeles, I attended the School of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee, focusing on painting and sculpture.

My background in fine art and art theory provided me with the aesthetic foundation necessary for graphic design. Combined with focused determination to educate myself and develop my graphic design skills, I began learning every core design program that I could get my hands on. Thankfully, I had several great friends that had all the cool programs, like Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver (pre CS days). They were a tremendous help and were quite generous with their design knowledge. I read books and plowed my way through tutorials, seeking direction from friends whenever I needed assistance. Since then my thirst for design knowledge has continued to grow. I have worked extremely hard to continue to improve, as well as develop new skills, such as 3d design utilizing Maya.

My influences are many, and I draw inspiration from a wide variety of sources. Obviously, fine art forms the foundation of my aesthetic sensibilities. Two of my major professors and mentors at Florida State University, Ed Love and Charles Hook, both metal sculptors, had a profound and lasting impact on me. My preferences in fine art range from the works of the 1940s New York Modernists, such as Rothko, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland and Richard Diebenkorn, to the dark and haunting surrealist works of H.R. Giger. While in graduate school, I developed an intense passion for philosophy, devouring books by the likes of Deleuze, Foucault, Derrida and Baudrillard. Music and film in general, due to their mass marketing and production for purely entertainment value and containing little substance, are much more narrow sources of inspiration from which to draw. Music, when approached as an art-form, is a huge source of inspiration for me, with bands like The Doors, Jane's Addiction ('88 - '91), The Cult, Portishead and Tool as mainstays on my playlist. David Lynch ("Lost Highway"/"Mullholland Drive") is perhaps my favorite writer/director, as his films are completely non-linear and require one to step outside of logic and rationality in order to gain access to their content. As concerns the graphic arts, there is so much incredible work being done that it would be difficult to list my favorites.

Currently, I am working on multiple freelance web and identity design projects. I especially enjoy design projects in which I have the opportunity to be involved at the ground level and in all phases of the creative process. I love seeing an idea evolve from its' inception through to completion, much like a work of art. I am also advancing my knowledge of 3d design utilizing Maya. Most of the 3d projects I have worked on were geared toward product and package design. However, as my knowledge of Maya has grown, I've started applying my knowledge to designing more complex architectural spaces and space planning scenes. I recently began a 3d architectural visualization and space planning project for an individual building a vacation and retirement home in the Bahamas.