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I own an illustration studio where I specialize in concept art, including toy design, character design, and FPO/comp art. I've worked on hundreds of projects both as an artist and as a project manager supervising other artists. I'm also the creator of the Pose Drawing Sparkbook, a tool for helping artists add more life and personality to their drawings. I've worked hard to build a reputation for being professional, reliable, and easy to work with. I understands the importance of meeting tight deadlines. My clients tell me I'm a good listener, that I go the extra mile, and I bring fresh ideas to the table. I've designed toys for Hasbro and Disney; created advertising comps for Coca-Cola, Target and Best Buy; illustrated packaging for Orville Redenbacher; supervised the animation of Mr. Potato Head; designed costumes and props for VeggieTales; and designed characters for the animated TV series "3-2-1 Penguins!" on NBC. In 2011 I won a silver award in Toy Design from the Play Illustration International Art Competition, and in 2013 I won a Pewter Plate Award as illustrator of the month from "Highlights!" magazine.
EXPERIENCE Over twelve years experience in freelance character design, illustration, and Flash animation. Worked on hundreds of projects including advertising, animation, corporate, editorial, packaging, curriculum, toys and games. Illustrated eight children’s books. Character designer on "3-2-1 Penguins!", a 3D-animated TV series (outer space action-comedy) on NBC. Supervised animation of Mr. Potato Head for a website project for Hasbro. Flash character animation for various online videos and games. Toy concept artist (through Hasbro, Peter Green Design and DecoPac, Inc.) Created concepts and/or turnarounds for Disney/DreamWorks properties including "Toy Story", "Cars", "Monsters vs. Aliens", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse", "Little Einsteins", "How To Train Your Dragon", "Hannah Montana", and "Despicable Me". Past end clients include Disney, DreamWorks, Walmart, Hasbro, Crayola, Big Idea, Scholastic, Arctic Cat, The NFL, Best Buy, Lavitra, Canon, Exxon/Mobil, 3M, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, Focus on the Family, and General Mills. Primary storyboard artist on three episodes of "Ribbits!", a 3D animated video series for Focus on the Family Films. SPECIALIZED SKILLS Character design, concept art, illustration, Flash animation, toy design, marker comps, storyboards, courtroom sketch artist. SOFTWARE Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Painter, Dreamweaver. EDUCATION BFA in Illustration, Minnesota State University, Moorhead MN. Animation workshop at Disney Institute, Orlando FL. Online character design course taught by award-winning character designer Stephen Silver (schoolism.com). Periodic participation in life drawing co-ops. MEMBERSHIPS National Cartoonists Society AIGA Ad Fed Graphic Artists Guild Creative Talent Network Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association References and Portfolio are available upon request.
Minnesota State University, Moorhead