Charles Akins has been an artist all his life. (Even before that, he was an artist.) Growing up in suburban Atlanta, he was influenced and inspired by the everyday rituals, habits, and musings of the everyday. From the Apollo missions to the Tupperware drink container in the family's Coachmen vacation trailer, to dogeared copies of Mad Magazine and the work of Jack Davis and Sergio Aragones,
to the home movies from the Bell+Howell Super 8, to G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, and Wacky Packs, to his own Mom's crafty decoupage creations, and his Dad's profile drawing of Dick Tracy, and his three brother's varied band of drawings from art-deco-acid, to etch-a-sketch masterworks, to math book flip book stick figure schtick. Eventually, he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Georgia State University School of Art and Design, and has worked as an Illustrator, Designer, Instructor, and Animator ever since. Currently, he lives in beautiful Columbia, SC, with his beautiful wife, beautiful family, beautiful house, and not-so-beautiful-as-it-used-to-be car. He eats cereal at least once a day.
He's illustrated the "IPPY" (Independent Publisher's Association) award winning (for digital e-books) book, "The Lonely Parrot" by Lisa Kelley Schindler, as well as a couple of other independent titles. He's finally catching up on illustrating and publishing the long list of titles he's written himself.
Charles Akins' illustration and illustrative design spans a variety of approaches while retaining an overall underlying whimsy. His work could be described as kinetic and fun without being overtly "cutesy".
Having worked professionally for over twenty years, he understands the many needs of many markets from editorial and publishing, to design, packaging and advertising.
Akins' work has been widely published and featured in Step-By-Step digital, The Illustration Workbook, Picturebook, and in the Hayden book: "Adobe Illustrator-Creative Techniques," "Graphis Student 96," the Quayside book: "Logolounge Master Library: 3000 Animal & Mythology Logos," as well as the recent Rockport published "Design :Logo by Von Glitschka and Paul Howalt." Also, his work is pictured in the NY Times bestseller, “Totally MAD, 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity,” and “MAD, The 100 Dumbest People, Events & Things of the Century (So Far), and numerous issues of MAD magazine and many other editorial publications.”
He has partnered with many studios, art directors, creative directors, and designers creating work for companies like Kimberly - Clark, Time Digital, Mad magazine, Online Access Magazine, Coca-Cola, Hanes, American Express, U.S. Committee for the Olympic Games, Cox Cable, Turner Sports, Hewlett Packard, John H. Harland, WHM&G Advertising, J. Walter Thompson, Grey Worldwide, Agency South, Alere, CheckFree Corporation, Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite, Lexington Medical Center, EdVenture Children's museum, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Nortel, Kroger, BellSouth, Tower Records' Pulse! Magazine, Orange County Register, Boys and Girls Clubs, City of Atlanta Jazz Festival, Music Midtown Atlanta, Popular Science for Kids, Fox Kid's Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Inside Tennis, Computerworld, Redwood Custom Communications, Illinois Now!, Presentations Magazine, Step-By-Step Digital, Mighty Auto Parts, Scholastic, Six Continents, Holiday Inn, Home Depot, Arby's, Ford, Nike, and PetCo to name just a few. ; )
MetLife, PepsiCo, NFL, Turner Sports, Boys and Girls Clubs, Network Computing Magazine, Popular Science For Kids, Electronic Learning Magazine (Scholastic), Orange County Weekly, Business Startups Magazine, Audio Video Shopper Magazine, Pulse Magazine of Tower Records, OnLine Access Magazine, VeriFone, American Cancer Society L.A., Denny's, 7Up International, GeorgiaPacific