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  • Katie Conrad


    St. Charles, IL

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and comic strip artist. I work in a mixture of traditional media and Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. My portfolio includes editorial pieces, print design, digital design, and fiction book illustrations. I currently work at Imprint Revolution in Los Angeles creating designs for graphic tees and other promotional items. My pro bono work for Open Books shows my adaptability, creating a dynamic narrative for literacy aid publications. The Red Riding Hood inspired piece demonstrates my approach to the human figure.

Work Samples

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  • comics

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Work History

Katie Conrad seekatiec@gmail.com 630-992-9265 Summary of qualifications:  Illustrator, graphic designer, and comic strip artist with strong  sketching skills, solid understanding of typography, and proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite. Adept at creating quirky visuals, ranging from fun and light hearted to sardonically critical. Able to design and optimize images for web or print. Traditional media capabilities include gouache, watercolor, and ink. Willing to relocate. Related Experience:  Imprint Revolution in Los Angeles, CA Graphic Designer and Sales Associate (Jan 2013 to present) •Design graphics for apparel, stickers, mugs, business cards and much more •Prepare print files for various embellishment methods •Guide customers in choosing the best print method and garment for their project •Touch up and edit photographs •Daily tasks require extensive knowledge of screen printing, heat transfers, dye sublimation, embroidery, the apparel industry, Adobe photoshop and Adobe Illustrator Boom Entertainment in Arlington Heights, IL Graphic Design Intern (January 2012 to May 2012) •Provided designs for web banners and print promotional materials AIGA Chicago Mentor Program in Chicago, IL Peer Mentor (Jan 2012 to May 2012) •Coordinated with a group of designers to craft an educational experience and final project to be completed over the course of four months •Participated in creating concepts for a design themed card game •Provided nine illustrations for the card game project •Provided content for the written portion of the game Comedian Collin Bullock in Chicago, IL Freelance Graphic Designer (July 2011 to Aug 2011) •Provided graphic designs for use on merchandise and promotional materials trueillinoishaunts.com in Rockford, IL Freelance Illustrator (Nov 2010 to Feb 2011) •Created spot illustrations and character concept art Overman the band in Joliet, IL  Freelance Comic strip artist  (June 2008 to Sept 2008)  •Created sequential art for the band’s website www.overman.info Volunteer history:  Open Books Ltd. in Chicago, IL  Freelance Illustrator—Chicago Tales (Dec 2009 to Jan 2010)  •Adapted  my artistic style to fit the unique requirements of a  literacy aid publication for six interior book illustrations Open Books Ltd. in Chicago, IL Freelance Illustrator—Welcome to CreepDeep College (Apr 2008 to May 2008) •Created a full color book jacket illustration  •Coordinated with the author from the concept sketch to the finished piece    Open Books Ltd. in Chicago, IL  Mentor—VWrite Program (Sep 2009 to Dec 2009)  •Coached a high school student on professional communication via  phone and e-mail •Guided my student through the creation and editing of a resume  •Provided written evaluations on the progress of my student and the effectiveness of the program  Education: BFA Illustration  Graduated December 2006  Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL  Additional coursework undertaken at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL includes Web graphics (Fall 2011), Typography (Fall 2011), and Prepress Production (Spring 2012) Other Employment:  Intelligent Lighting Creations in Arlington Heights, IL Overhire—shop technician (Oct 2010 to July 2012)  •Maintenance of lighting and control equipment •Includes pulling inventory for customer orders Borders Books and Music in Geneva, IL bookseller/Inventory processing team (Oct 2006 to Aug 2008, Oct 2010 to Apr 2011) •Provided customer assistance •Sorted incoming inventory and stocked the sales floor Emergency Breakdown Service in West Chicago, IL  Administration (Aug 2008 to Aug 2010)  •Processed credit applications  •Addressed customer and vendor concerns as well as conflict resolution via  e-mail, phone, and fax •Answered incoming calls on multiline phone lines •Participated in trouble shooting sessions with account representatives •Checked incoming work orders for discrepancies  •Coordinated payment to vendors  •Completed weekly and monthly reports in Microsoft Excel.  •Billed invoices to customers    Check me out: www.coroflot.com/kconrad (for proper portfolio) trueillinoishaunts.com (for illustrations) 8ternalclothing.com References furnished upon request


  • Northern Illinois University

    • BFA Illustration
    • 2002 - 2006