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  • Cedric Hohnstadt

    Illustrator. Concept Artist. Deadline Ninja.

    Burnsville, MN

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 for the Hasbro website; designed costumes and props for VeggieTales; and designed characters for the animated TV series "3-2-1 Penguins!" on NBC.

Work Samples

  • Character Design

  • Illustration

  • Toy Design

Work History

EXPERIENCE Worked on hundreds of projects as a freelance character designer, illustrator, and toy designer. Worked in industries including advertising, animation, corporate, editorial, packaging, curriculum, toys and games. Illustrated eight children’s books. Illustrated cereal boxes for "Cocoa Puffs" and Monster cereals (Frankenberry, Count Chocula, etc.) 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. 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 References and Portfolio are available upon request.


  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead

    • BFA Art/Illustration
    • 1991 - 1997

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, with a concentration in Illustration.



National Cartoonists Society


National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award Division Finalist, "Advertising Illustration" category, 2013. Pewter Plate Award (Illustrator of the Month) from "Highlights for Children" magazine, January 2013. Silver award in Toy Design, 2011 Play Illustration International Art Competition.