Garman Herigstad grew up in Roland, Iowa and received his Advertising Design and Drawing and Painting degrees at Iowa State University.
Concentrating in calligraphy and hand lettering, Garman started in the computer animation at Post Production Services in 1986, working with one of the early 3D systems, the Bosch FGS-4000. His early 3D animation work was broadcast graphics and flying logos.
In 1988 Garman relocated to Taipei, Taiwan which began his first nine year Asian tour, working in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok and Singapore for advertising.
In 1999 Garman went to Los Angeles and worked on his first Hollywood feature "O Brother Where Art Thou" followed by "X-Men", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Cast Away", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and several others. (See full list of feature films.)
Garman has often returned to China to teach and work as CG Supervisor at Technicolor in Beijing, BaseFX in Beijing and Versatile in Hangzhou.
Between feature films, Garman taught visual effects at the Savannah College of Design, the University of Texas at Dallas, The Gnomon School, Peking Universtiy and at the Mars Era schools in Beijing and Shanghai. For a few years, Garman operated is own online school "Vizy Acky."
Many of Garman’s students now work in the feature film effects and game industries all over the world.
After seven years in the Northwest, (Bellingham WA and Vancouver BC), Garman returned to centra Iowa in the summer of 2018.
"Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen"
In 2015 Garman was featured in the radio program/podcast "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen" about his calligraphy.