Craig Elliot has been interested in the artistic for as long as he can remember. Born in a farm and air force town in California, Craig grew up in what is now Silicon Valley; back then, most of the valley was fruit orchards and open space. The experience of walking home from school through a shower of blossoms or playing in the creek as a child fostered Craig’s love of nature. His first art forms were drawing and dioramas with sculpted and painted figures, often depicting the nature that surrounded him.
After attending Art Center College in Pasadena, California, Craig began illustrating for various clients and started working full time in the animation industry. He has worked primarily for Disney and Dreamworks, designing animated films such as Hercules, Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, Treasure Planet, Shark Tale, Flushed Away, Bee Movie, and Enchanted, as well as other upcoming features. Craig has also done fully-painted comic book and cover artwork for Dark Horse Comics and various illustration work for many different companies. His work can currently be seen in the books Treasure Planet: A Voyage of Discovery; the Spectrum annuals 10 - 13 and 15; Aphrodisia I; and his three sketchbooks.For many years, Craig has also been creating a body of personal work inspired by his own experiences and philosophies. Craig finds endless beauty in nature and tries to focus that feeling through his art so the viewer can't help but have reverence for such beauty. There is often much more than just visual beauty in Craig's paintings and drawings; themes of body image, environmental preservation, and social and psychological repression are some of the main themes behind his work. Contrary to many artists’ approaches, Craig tries to relay his message in a positive way by illustrating the benefits and beauty of oneness with nature, seeing one’s body as beautiful, or the true exhilaration and growth one experiences when free of psychological bindings.