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  • Rhonda Childress

    Illustration and Design

    Detroit, MI

I am an Illustrator, Concept Artist, Graphic and Web Designer who specializes in digital techniques in Adobe Photoshop,Illustrator, InDesign and occasionally Daz3D. My strongest inspirations and influences come from fashion, advertising, and written narratives. I am seeking a professional career in concept art, character design or game design to challenge myself and push my talent to be on par with industry standards, by being around like-minded people. Ultimately, the motivation to cultivate and grow my talents to their full potential, while learning new software and techniques is my long-term goal. I am seeking a position within the creative design industry that will fulfill my passion for digital art application while also offering long-term growth.

Work Samples

  • Concept Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Illustration

Work History

Rhonda Childress Ronnibear@gmail.com EDUCATION: BFA in Communication Arts (May 2008) Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga. Current GPA: 3.24 Skills Summary Strengths: - Strong Graphic Design and Illustation skills (Adobe Creative Suite) - Proficiency in web design, social media marketing and advertising methodologies - Solid understanding of print production - Meticulous attention to detail and quality Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Wordpress, and Joomla Scripts: HTML, CSS Web Marketing / SEO: Google Analytics, Ad-Words, Amazon Affiliate Program, Constant Contact Mass Emailing Professional Experience Lowe’s, Harper Woods, MI May 2017 to August 2017 Home Decor CSA + Greeting customers and assisting them with finding and/or ordering custom window treatments for their homes. + Stocking and down-stocking freight, and zoning the home decor aisles. + Assisting customers in finding merchandise, mixing and matching paint, and occasionally setting up item displays. + Resolving customer service related discrepancies between the home decor item manufacturers, installers and customers. Litho Printing and Graphic, Eastpointe, MI October 2016 to February 2017 Graphic Designer + Consulting with clients about conceptual ideas regarding the graphics and designs of their proofs. + Utilizing design applications on a daily basis: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator for the production of high quality designs and prints. + Designing layouts and graphics for print collateral including business cards, flyers, posters, banners, stickers, magnets, books, labels, obituaries, envelopes and invitations to the client’s specifications. + Loading and unloading assorted weights of papers into high volume Ricoh printers and cataloging the various paper types in the machine settings. + Sometimes performing light post production duties including cutting, collating and book binding for high volume print jobs. International Travel, Canada, Denmark, Spain, France, UK November 2015 – September 2016 Staples Corporation, Washington DC July 2015 to November 2015 Repographics Supervisor + Provided customers with copy and printing assistance in a fast-paced Staples copy and self-serve areas. + Submitted designs custom to each order, including, but not limited to: logos and layouts business cards, banners, letterheads, postcards, invitations etc… + Directed production team work flow by organizing tasks by priority to make timely turnarounds. + Proficiently utilized and maintained hardware and software for 5 unique types of professional grade printers. + Trained new copy center hires on job assembly, processing software, UPS shipping and proper equipment maintenance procedures. The UPS Store, Washington DC October 2014 to July 2015 Packing & Shipping Expert + Provided services of the packing and shipping variety as well as copy, printing, passport photos and faxing services. + Processed and completed POS transactions for retail pack and ship supplies, commercial returns, and domestic and international shipments. + Performed all mail sorting and forwarding procedures, as well as package DCBA Law & Policy- Washington, DC June 2012 to September 2014 Graphic Designer Cooperated with the head Policy Attorney to design websites and social media for The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrent (claad.org), (The North American Safe Driving Summit (drivingsummit.org), DCBA Law firm (dcbalaw.com) and Safe Behind the Wheel (SafeBTW) organizations. + Created websites in Wordpress for DCBA Law & Policy (dcbalaw.com) and the North American Safe Driving Summit convention (drivingsummit.org) while optimizing pages for search engines and manually adding, changing and manipulating HTML and CSS coding for faster loading times. + Responsible for debugging and troubleshooting websites and managing daily updates to blog entries and social media content. + Utilized Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator in creating logos, advertisement banners, brochures, post cards, business cards, and letterheads for SafeBTW, DCBA Law & Policy and the North American Safe Driving Summit to promote sponsorship and exhibition opportunities. Creative Circle/Fixation Marketing, Bethesda, MD June 2013 to September 2013 Graphic Designer Worked with a creative director from concept through execution to design core creative concepts for clients’ marketing campaigns. + Designed layout and graphics for multi-page brochures, layouts, sell sheets, and full page ads + Developed reponsive email templates with HTML and CSS, complete with Litmus tracking in Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. + Resized and edited logos and advetisements for numerous publications + Illustrated typographic designs for VIP marketing mailers Staples Corporation, Bethesda, MD June 2011 to July 2012 Copy & Print Center Expert Assisted customers with printing needs in a fast-paced Copy and Print depot. Services included all stages of the design and production process; initial conceptualization, design/layout, printing and end product quality review. Jobs included posters, brochures, flyers, business cards, custom stationary, banners and signage. + Processed an average of 60+ jobs for customers weekly + Utilized 5 different professional printers including Xerox, gels, plotter, large format inkjet color and black and white + Finishing services included: book binding, lamination, folding, stapling, hole punching, cutting and mounting + Retouched images in Photoshop to optimize color, sharpness and quality of prints + Trained new employees on job processing, software and proper equipment procedures + Received award for excellent customer service Art2Home - Woodland Hills, CA April 2010 to March 2011 Manager & Graphic Designer Initiated a marketing campaign to increase in-store traffic. Designed and produced both web and print promotional materials in addition to daily managerial duties. + Developed a marketing campaign that increased walk-in traffic by 20% + Created custom mass emails and sent them to 100+ customers via Constant Contact + Designed and animated two banner ads for website using Adobe Flash + Produced print collateral including weekly ads, flyers, signs and posters + Managerial duties included order processing, employee schedule, employee training, gallery organization and custom framing solutions Pusspurrfect Cosmetics - Beverly Hills, CA February 2010 to April 2011 Graphic Designer / Illustrator Developed a brand identity for an upcoming cosmetic line. Generated design concepts, sketches and finally illustrations for packaging and website (pusspurrfect.com) + Created and animated the splash page for website using Adobe Flash + Designed custom promotional emails using Dreamweaver and Photoshop + Created brochures and flyers for makeup line HunchFree Web Marketing - Birmingham, MI June 2009 to December 2009 Graphic Designer / Analyst Developed web marketing campaigns and strategies for numerous clients. Analyzed results and revised marketing efforts daily to ensure optimal use of advertising. + Examined Google Ad Words for clients and adjusted selection based on results + Implemented organic, paid, pay-per-click and social media advertising + Designed websites, logos, posters, brochures and print collateral + Clients included Agency17, Home First Certified Community, iMatter and P15 Studios

Education

  • Savannah College of Art and Design

    • BFA Illustration
    • 2004 - 2008
  • Duke Ellington School of the Arts

    • Diploma Visual Arts
    • 2000 - 2004

Specialties

Awards

Adobe Design Achievment Award semifinalist (2008)

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