Since 1984, Jon Messer has been illustrating architecture, site plans, and landscape plans for architects, urban planners, landscape architects, design firms, and developers. His watercolors, digital watercolors and sketches give an atmospheric sense of place and create an emotional response in the viewer. He has helped the design teams he works with win competitions, secure projects, and gain approval from city councils as well as organizations.
Jon studied fine art and illustration privately and at Otis Parsons and UCLA. In 1984 he was fortunate to meet Carlos Diniz, the great American architectural illustrator who became his mentor. After eight years of working at Carlos Diniz Associates, Jon opened his own studio and has since worked on projects large and small, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Jon also spends time working on his personal fine art paintings of favorite landscapes and city views of personal landmarks. His illustrations have appeared in national ad campaigns. In 2007, Jon illustrated New York, the Empire State, for Charlesbridge publishing. He teaches traditional perspective to fine art, animators and concept artists privately and at the Animation Guild and LAAFA.