IADT Instructor and Renowned Illustrator Roy Wilson Creates Characters For Local Pediatric Center
March 13, 2012
•IADT General, IADT Las Vegas
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Roy Wilson, an accomplished illustrator with more than 30 years of experience who is currently an instructor at IADT-Las Vegas, recently created more than two dozen characters to decorate the halls in the pediatrics unit at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center.
Embracing the pediatric unit’s jungle animal theme designed to engage and relax young patients, Wilson created a hippopotamus, giraffe, tiger, an elephant, snake and more. The friendly characters are now featured on the walls throughout the pediatrics’ emergency center.
According to Jody Bardoun, Child Life Specialist at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, the characters are especially helpful in lowering the anxiety levels of young patients, and subsequently, the anxiety levels of their parents. “Children feel safer when they’re surrounded by friendly, happy, cartoon-style characters,” she says. “It’s a small thing that makes a big difference.”
Wilson was inspired to create the original characters for the hospital after viewing one of its commercials featuring a young patient. “I wanted to do something to help, so I contacted the hospital – it was that simple,” he said. Shortly after that call, he started sketching dozens of characters. All production and printing costs were paid by IADT-Las Vegas, where Wilson currently teaches classes in the game production and graphic design programs.
Prior to joining IADT, Wilson worked for a “who’s who” list of clients that included several major Hollywood studios. He served as the conception designer and layout artist for Tom Sawyer and as an art director for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He’s also created set designs, commercials and album covers for A-list celebrities including Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Fleetwood Mac and Elizabeth Taylor.
“I’ve had a wonderful career,” said Wilson. “But I most enjoy teaching and watching students develop their creative skills – it’s inspiring. I always tell my students that creativity is something required of everyone, regardless of their industry, so they better learn it now.”