About me: I am an Artist and Designer. I specialize in both Visualization & Production, especially in the translation and transition of information that happens in-between both processes. I am dedicated and self motivated with leadership abilities including international Team Training, (1 on 1) Mentoring, Client Facing and Initiating R&D projects. I am an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati. I attended the internationally recognized and fully accredited DAAP College of Design Architecture Art and Planning. I studied and graduated as a DOUBLE MAJOR of both Fine Art and Industrial Design. I hold a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art) degree, and I hold a BSID (Bachelor of Science in Design) degree. My college education is in both Fine Art and Industrial Design with emphasis in studio studies which include: (Drawing & Painting), (Film & Animation), and (Product Design & Transportation Design). My professional experience and skill sets are expansive and diversified ranging from creative conceptual Ideation & Visualization, Schematic Design & Technical Illustration, (2D + 3D) Traditional and Digital Composite Sketching & Rendering, to practical physical Model Making & Rapid Prototyping with advanced abilities in Finishing: Polishing & Painting, Anodizing & Plating. I am familiar with a multitude of manufacturing and fabrication processes ranging from 3D Printing to (3 Axis + 5 Axis) CNC Machining, from Plastic Injection Molding & Reaction Injection Molding to Aluminum Die Casting & Aluminum Sand Casting, from Sheet Metal Forming to (Tick / Thin) Gage Thermoforming, and from Vacuum Casting & Pressure Casting to Traditional Hand Sculpting.

Work Samples

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Work History

  • ARTIST AND DESIGNER (Visualization & Production)

    • BRADLEE HUGHES
    • Jun 1991 - Present (24 years 11 months)
  • VISUALIZATION & PRODUCTION (Instructor + Professor)

    As a Foreign Expert, I was responsible for training Chinese University graduates and Polytechnic graduates to become effective teams of Product Designers, International Sales Representatives, Project Managers, Quality Inspectors, & Factory Workers.
    (Communicate & Negotiate) with International Clients and (Improve & Sustain) International Standards.
    Supervising Production: (Planning Processes, Selecting Materials, Inspecting Projects, and Enforcing 5S).
    Optimizing Production: (from Rectifying Production Errors to Restructuring Production Environments).
    Developing (Sales Strategies & Marketing Strategies), Attending (Trade Shows & Product Exhibitions), and Designing Corporate ID: (Company Logos / Business Cards / Uniforms / Social Media / Promo Books).
    Fitting Production Environments & Developing Floor Plans, Designing Office Spaces & Work Stations,
    Installing Paint Booths & Paint Exhausts, Color Correct Lighting, Industrial A/C Units & Dehumidifiers.
    Visiting & Training Subcontractors, Sourcing & Purchasing Supplies, Inventorying & Restocking Supplies, Maintaining & Cleaning Equipment, Checking QC Equipment, Photographing & Documenting Projects.

  • PRODUCTION SPECIALIST, (Rapid Prototyping + Model Making)

    • RPM Reed Prototype + Model
    • Jun 2008 - Dec 2008 (6 months)

    MODEL MAKER - Finisher - (Painting Technician / RTV Technician / Assembly Technician).
    Rapid Prototyping Rapid Tooling R+D Solutions Specialist (Color Matching / Chemical Mixing).
    Developed Innovative Processes to assure (Color / Texture / Gloss / Durometer) requirements.
    Produced - HIGH PROFILE - Functional Models + Appearance Models for:

    • DELL

    • ALIENWARE

  • VISUALIZATION ARTIST (Sketching + Rendering Specialist)

    • FORREC
    • Sep 2007 - Aug 2008 (11 months)

    Responsible for Art Direction, Ideation, Visualization, Brainstorming, Adaptive Design Thinking, Concept Art, Concept Design, Concept Illustration, Storyboarding, and Design Presentation.

    Responsible for developing - TRADITIONAL - Sketching and Rendering using Hand Held:
    (Markers / Pens / Pencils / Pastels / Paints on Bond Paper / Tracing Paper / Drafting Film).

    Responsible for developing - DIGITAL - Sketching and Rendering using MAC + PC Platforms:
    (ADOBE Illustrator and Photoshop; COREL Draw and Painter; AUTODESK Alias and 3DS).

    Responsible for developing - Scaled, Dimensioned, Production Noted Detailed Designs in: (Plan, Elevation, Section, Iso (Assembled / Exploded) Views, Perspective and Aerial Views).


    Creative Contributions to:

    • THE F1 - X (FORMULA ONE EXPERIENCE) THEME PARK
    Dubai, UAE

    • THE AQUA DUNYA DUBAILAND WATER PARK - CONCEPT
    Dubai, UAE

    • THE PEARL TOWER DARK RIDE - CONCEPT
    Shanghai, PRC

    • THE LONGMENZHEN THEME PARK - CONCEPT
    Chongqing, PRC

    • THE HOTGO THEME PARK - CONCEPT
    Shenyang, PRC

  • PRODUCTION SPECIALIST, (Rapid Prototyping + Model Making)

    • Designcraft
    • Aug 2004 - Jul 2007 (2 years 11 months)

    MODEL MAKER - Finisher - (Painting Technician / RTV Technician / Assembly Technician).
    Rapid Prototyping Rapid Tooling R+D Solutions Specialist (Color Matching / Chemical Mixing).
    Developed Innovative Processes to assure (Color / Texture / Gloss / Durometer) requirements.
    Produced - HIGH PROFILE - Functional Models + Appearance Models for:

    • MEDELA

    • MOTOROLA

    • RUBBERMAID

    • SHURE

  • PRODUCTION SPECIALIST, (Rapid Prototyping + Model Making)

    • Scott Models Design Development
    • May 2002 - May 2003 (1 year)

    MODEL MAKER - Finisher - (Painting Technician / RTV Technician / Assembly Technician).
    Rapid Prototyping Rapid Tooling R+D Solutions Specialist (Color Matching / Chemical Mixing).
    Developed Innovative Processes to assure (Color / Texture / Gloss / Durometer) requirements.
    Produced - HIGH PROFILE - Functional Models + Appearance Models for:

    • SYMLBOL

    • POLAROID

  • VISUALIZATION ARTIST (Sketching + Rendering Specialist)

    • BDR Design Group + DNK Architects
    • May 2001 - May 2002 (1 year)

    Ideation and Visualization Specialist in Concept Design and Concept Illustration: 2D / 3D Sketching and Rendering of Architectural Designs, Interior Designs, and Landscape Designs.

    Creative Contributions to:

    • THE DOLLYWOOD CHASING RAINBOWS MUSEUM
    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee USA

    • THE WILDWOOD INN THEME SUITES
    Gatlinburg, TN USA

    • THE WILDWOOD INN THEME SUITES
    Florence, KY USA

    • THE ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS CENTER
    Sharjah, UAE

  • VISUALIZATION ARTIST (Sketching + Rendering Specialist)

    • JRA Jack Rouse Associates
    • Mar 1997 - Mar 2001 (4 years)

    Ideation and Visualization Specialist in Concept Design and Concept Illustration: 2D / 3D Sketching and Rendering of Architectural Designs, Interior Designs, and Landscape Designs.

    Creative Contributions to:

    • THE ZDF MEDIEN PARK
    Mainz, Germany

    • THE AUTOSTADT VW THEME PARK / MUSEUM
    Wolfsburg, Germany

    • THE NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FREEDOM CENTER
    Cincinnati, Ohio USA

    • TEXAS WILD AT THE FORT WORTH ZOO
    Fort Worth, Texas USA

    • THE KORAKUEN THEMED GARDEN PARK
    Tokyo, Japan

    • THE PARAMOUNT PARKS THEME PARK
    Cairo, Egypt

    • THE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CONCEPT THEME PARK
    Singapore

    • THE TRAVELING SUE T REX EXHIBIT AT THE FIELD MUSEUM
    Chicago, Illinois USA

    • AMAZING CHICAGO AT NAVY PIER
    Chicago, Illinois USA

    • INDIANA THEME PARK
    Indianapolis, Indiana USA

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Transportation Design)

    • DAAP Transportation Design Studio - Sponsorship Project
    • Mar 1999 - Mar 2000 (1 year)

    Dodge Automotive Design

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Product Design)

    • DAAP Product Design Studio - Sponsoship Project
    • 1994 - 1995 (1 year)

    Rubbermaid

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Product Design)

    • DAAP and the Division of Professional Practice
    • Sep 1994 - Dec 1994 (3 months)

    Lexmark International

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Product Design)

    • DAAP and the Division of Professional Practice
    • Mar 1993 - Jun 1993 (3 months)

    Kenner / Hasbro Toy Group

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Product Design)

    • DAAP and the Division of Professional Practice
    • Sep 1992 - Dec 1992 (3 months)

    SUNBEAM Outdoor Products Division

  • INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER (Product Design)

    • DAAP and the Division of Professional Practice
    • Jun 1991 - Sep 1991 (3 months)

    Velvasheen

  • DAAP Internship

    • DAAP and the Minority Enrollment Task Force
    • Jun 1990 - Sep 1990 (3 months)

    Wilson and Associates

  • DAAP Internship

    • DAAP and the Minority Enrollment Task Force
    • Jun 1989 - Sep 1989 (3 months)

    The Cincinnati Art Museum

    Responsibilities:

    • Assisting for 3 weeks in the Administration Department
    • Assisting for 3 weeks in the Department of Costumes and Textiles
    • Assisting for 3 weeks in the Department of Paintings and Restoration
    • Researching for 3 weeks, (Sketching and Rendering) Museum Artifacts

Education

  • DAAP College of Design Architecture Art and Planning

    • BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts, DOUBLE MAJOR Fine Art + Industrial Design
    • 1991 - 1996

    Independent Studies in Asian Languages: Japanese and Chinese

  • Art Advertising Academy

    • Certificate of Completion Airbrushing: Basic Skill Development
    • 1991 - 1991
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati

    • Attended Open Seminars Figure Drawing
    • 1989 - 1990

Specialties

Affiliations

IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America), APMM (Association of Professional Model Makers), IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), TEA (Themed Entertainment Association).

Awards

PHOENIX PROTOTYPE (2014 Award of Excellence), STAR PROTOTYPE (2009 Award of Excellence), PRINCETON SCHOOL DISTRICT (1990 Most Outstanding Artist).

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