Experienced Illustrator and graphic designer in the fashion industry. My work includes graphic tee production from concept to completion, marketing illustrations, logo design, textile design, instructional illustration, research and design of new techniques and trends for brand-right art direction Specialties Advanced drawing and painting skills, Print and Technique specialist for apparel, Quick and confident Conceptual Thinker, Very experienced in Graphic Tee design, Expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and Wacom tablet, Hand-drawn animation and Storyboard artist.

Work Samples

  • illustrations

  • Graphic Tees Designed for Hollister

  • Graphic Tees Designed for Abercrombie & Fitch

Work History

... Recent Experience ... Graphic Designer June 2011 - November 2012 Hollister Bettys Tees Design / Abercrombie & Fitch New Albany, Ohio Graphic tee production from concept to completion, marketing illustrations, logo design, textile design, instructional illustration, research and design of new techniques and trends for brand-right art direction Graphic Designer November 2008 - June 2011 Abercrombie Womens & abercrombie Girls Tees Design / Abercrombie & Fitch New Albany, Ohio graphic tee production from concept to completion, marketing illustrations, logo design, textile design, instructional illustration, research and design of new techniques and trends for brand-right art direction ... SKILLS ... Drawing/Painting Advanced drawing and painting techniques. Concentration in watercolors, inks, and gouache. Great sensitivity to color, light, and composition. Confident conceptual thinker and narrative illustrator. Daily life drawing practice. Digital Expert knowledge of both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash) Autodesk 3D Studio Max 9 + years using a Wacom tablet with various design software. 2 + years of 3D modeling software Good understanding of HTML and CSS; created and maintain the website: www.josephblake.com Animation Trained in traditional hand-drawn and stop motion animation. Very optimistic, directable, and anticipating the opportunity of learning by collaborating with a creative community. ... EDUCATION ... University of the Arts ... Philadelphia, PA Advanced classes in Animation, Storyboarding, and Visual Development 2006 - 2007 Rhode Island School of Design, RISD ... Providence, RI Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration and Character Design 2005 ... FREELANCE EXPERIENCE ... Robertson’s ... Philadelphia, PA Web and Print Production Artist 2005 - Present Created illustrations for Philadelphia’s premier florist. Designed the company’s promotional posters, postcards, and storefronts. Developed concept designs of themed exhibits for trade shows and assisted in the production. the Stars and Angels Tree by Victoria van Loan Illustrator 2008 creating illustrations for the upcoming children's book The Possibility Factory (The Secret Language of Abundance) Illustrator 2007 Created the logo and 41 illustrations for a new inspirational card game. Designed the layout of each card and prepared the digital files for print. University of the Arts Animation Department ... Philadelphia, PA Animator and Department Assistant 2007 Lip synced original song lyrics to characters on the senior film, “Tha Ballad of Thaddeus Lowe” by Kelly Jones, which screened at the Animation Block Party in New York, July 2007. Philadelphia Stories ... Philadelphia, PA Illustrator 2006 Created the cover illustration for the Fall issue. Also provided two illustrations for two short stories within the same issue. Watershed Magazine ... Providence, RI Illustrator 2005 Created two illustrations to accompany a short story for the Spring issue. RISD Film/Animation/Video Department ... Providence, RI Department Assistant 2004 - 2005 Assisted three senior animations by cleaning, inking, coloring, and tweening actions throughout the productions. Life as an Art form (Jesh DeRox Experimental Workshop) ... Philadelphia, PA Guest Speaker 2008 Invited by photographer, Jesh DeRox, to conduct a "lecture hall setting" session on building confidence when making pictures. Provided strategy, inspiration, and modeled for the aspiring photographers during the two day session. Private Commissions ... Created 15 personalized illustrations and 8 portraits for private collectors 2006 - Present ... RECOGNITION ... PHILADELPHIA Magazine, February 2007 p. 50 and May 2006 p. 60 “The Good Life: Haute Liste (5 Things to Love this Month)” CMYK, Fall-Winter 2006 Issue no. 35 p. 58 “Call for Aspiring Creatives (Illustration)” dpi Magazine (Taiwan), December 2006 vol. 92 p. 68-73 “Lifestyle and Aesthetic Design from Worldwide Creatives” ... EXHIBITIONS ... The Melrose Project, Columbus, OH November 2012 (Group exhibition; created 5 pictures) “Starting over”, Chapterhouse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA July & August 2008 (Created 8 new pictures) “First Annual”, Strawberry Mansion Gallery, Philadelphia, PA November 2007 (Group exhibition; created 5 pictures) “This Summer’s Castle”, Chapterhouse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA May & June 2007 (Exhibition of 10 new paintings) “Midwinter”, Chapterhouse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA February & March 2006 (Group exhibition; Created 7 pictures and an invitation for the show)

Education

Rhode Island School of Design

Specialties

Affiliations

josephblake.etsy.com

Awards

Philadelphia Magazine February 2007, CMYK Fall/Winter 2006, dpi Magazine December 2006,

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