Douglas A Hebert
Professional Comic Artist
I am a professional comic artist and sculptor. I am the main artist for Focus comic which is part of an autism awareness campaign. Focus features an autistic super hero. My mission is to remove the stigma associated with autism. I am the internship coach for Focus where I help interns fulfill their creative potential. I am responsible for helping one of the worlds first autistic comic book artists get his work published. I am a elementary school art teacher with experience teaching autistic kids. In 2017, I had over 1,500 art students. I am an autism awareness advocate and I love inspiring hope through my work and teachings.
As far back as I can recall my artwork has centered on my own imagination. Although I derive most of my inspiration from animals and organic forms in nature, I habitually examine the question, “what if”? That inquiry sparks a sort of randomness in my brain limited only by the imagery that is invented in my mind. The result is my work.
My recent work combines a complex array of form and texture with a very controlled, frequently complicated , hand-painted acrylic finish. In contrast to the end product, however, the idea behind each sculpture is really very simple. All of my pieces begin with the concept of one existing animal mounted on a base the resembles topography found in nature such as trees, log, or coral. The terrain is generally quite textured (but not always) and practically never mirrors the animal’s natural habitat. When creating the creature itself, I make a boundless attempt to augment and distort its structure and surface until it is virtually unrecognizable from the beast it once was. I take the very same drastic approach when selecting the final color application and finish. The only exception being my early, single, solid color, glaze work which feature a very conservative color choice.
Douglas A Hebert loves all things visual arts- drawing, painting, and sculpting. But, inspired by his college art instructor and mentor, John Wittersheim, sculpting captured and kept his heart. Influenced by surrealism wherever it can be found in the art world, he hopes viewers “… interpret my work with an open mind and take away a slight sense of bewilderment.”
Doug grew up in Berkley, Michigan- a Detroit suburb where the economy and jobs were driven by the auto industry. In Berkley, a career in the arts raised eyebrows. Still, Doug and his dream were well supported by loving family and friends and he successfully completed his BFA in drawing from Siena Heights University in 1999 and graduate work at Wayne State University. He received his teaching certificate at Wayne State in 2006 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he teaches art at Hurley Ranch Elementary and Middle School and adult hand building and sculpture at Desert Dragon Pottery in Phoenix.
Douglas is an award winning ceramic sculptor earning First Place in the Arizona Artists Guild Associates Body of Work Juried Exhibition and was an AAG artist of the month candidate. In 2015, Doug became a board member and sculpture group head at the Arizona Artists Guild. When asked what he loves most about being an artist, Doug says, “I just love being in the studio and working- and my work continues when I go home to my makeshift studio/apartment.”
Wayne State University, Teaching Certification, Art Education, 2006
Siena Heights University, Bachelor Fine Arts, 1999
Ace Comicon Arizona 2018 – Focus Community Out Reach – Autism Awareness Advocate
Greater Austin Comicon 2018 – Focus Panel Speaker and Focus comic Guest Artist. Special guests attending the Focus Panel including Tony Todd. Art teacher for the community coloring competition.
Ace Comicon Seattle – Focus Comic Guest Artist. Art teacher for the community coloring competition.
2015, “Body of Work” Juried Exhibition, Arizona Artists Guild, AZ
1999, BFA Student Exhibition, Klemm Gallery, MI
Works held in several private collections in the United States
2018 – Present, Art teacher, Amberlea Elementary (k-8)
2018 – Present, Internship Coach, Focus Comic
2017-2018 – Art teacher, Charles W Harris Elementary (k-8)
2007-2017 – Art teacher, Hurley Ranch Elementary (k-8)
2012-Present – Advanced Hand building and Sculpture, Desert Dragon Pottery
2015 – Sculpting techniques in paper clay workshop, Arizona Artists Guild
2018 – Present, Internship Coach, Focus Comic
2015-Present, Program Director, AAG Sculpture Group, Arizona Artists Guild
2015-Present, Board Member, Arizona Artists Guild