Award Winning Creative is Living Art! Equipped with design abilities, both traditional and digital, I am a 'can do' Creative who can take an idea from seed to final bloom. Whether working alone or directing a team, we are hands - on from first steps to finished concept. We roll up our sleeves; we hit the floor running. I thrive with open minds and bones that aren’t lazy. One should lead by example; egos are left at the door, communication and respect flow evenly and freely. Enthusiasm, passion and a dash of humor is an essential combination to create compelling design. I am proficient in expressing ideas into engaging art through many mediums. My career has allowed me to build skill sets in Illustration, Design for Print, New Media and Web, Branding, Product Conceptualization and Packaging. I have extensive experience working in LA's entertainment, branding & educational industries with an eye towards continued success in all creative environments. Specialties: • Illustration • Graphic Design for Print and New Media • UI Content Design for cross platforms (Desktop, Tablet and Mobile / Apps) • Branding and Marketing • Product Conceptualization • Packaging • Art Direction • Traditional Animation and Character Design Please refer to and to view my work. Books available upon request. Thank you.

Work Samples

  • Personalized Illustration

  • Packaging & Branding

  • Illustration and Design in the Media

Work History

Mary E.Pagone Los Angeles, CA 91304 310.699.1995 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: •AGE OF LEARNING / ABC.MOUSE.COM Glendale, CA 2014 - Present Senior Content Designer & Illustrator - Create engaging UI content: illustrations, icons and graphic language for the flow and functionality of the company's website, one of the leading educational sites for young children and the number one educational app worldwide. Engage with cross-functioning teams, such as UX programmers. wire framers and animators to develop new innovations and appealing design within cross platforms (computer, tablet and mobile.) Brainstorm and engage with all teams to continually refresh the site and it's subject matter. Collaborate with the Branding and Marketing teams to create print and product collateral. •JAFRA COSMETICS INTERNATIONAL Westlake, CA 2013 - 2014 •Creative Lead WW Marketing - Created all design collateral for our global markets, including logos, outer carton, packaging design, advertisements, model and product photography & retouching and catalog layout. Oversee a staff of designers, copywriters and account management, art direct all photo shoots for campaigns, both model and product photography, maintain the collateral archive. Travel to our global markets, demonstrating innovative design and branding solutions through presentations and focus group participation. •MATTEL, INC. El Segundo, CA 2009 - 2013 •Staff Designer / Sr. Art Director - Created and designed award-winning, innovative packaging for both Boys and Girls departments. Created individual package design and oversaw the maintenance and integrity of each brand, showcasing each product, while working closely with Marketing, Product Design, Structural Engineers. Scheduled and directed outside vendors while maintaining the budget for each project. Art directed photo shoots and TV drivers. Maintained scheduling for art releases and packaging hand-offs overseas. Art directed final mechanicals. •DZN - THE DESIGN GROUP Marina Del Rey, CA 1999 - 2009 Creative Director - Illustrated and designed key art and branding for Print, Motion Graphics, 3D and the Web. Created and produced DVD motion and menu sets for Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and MGM Studios. Executed keyframes and motion ideas for major networks and cable channels worldwide. Designed conceptual product packaging and prototypes. Clients include Sony Pictures, The Learning Channel, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Disney, Warner Home Video, Sony Pictures, MGM, RJ Reynolds, Method, Coca Cola and Michelob. FORTUNE FASHIONS, INC Vernon, CA 1988 - 1998 Art Director / Senior Character Artist - Created original character art starting with conceptual line sketches to finished samples primarily for Disney Theme Parks, The Disney Store, and Disney Catalogue, including fashion , basics and youth divisions. Extensive knowledge of various print, embroidery and applique techniques. Proficient at character integrity and style. EDUCATION: CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Long Beach, CA Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration / Design. Dean's Honor List, Cal State Grant Awards. PASADENA CITY COLLEGE Pasadena, CA Associates Art Degree with Illustration emphasis. Dean's Honor List, Alpha Gamma Sigma Scholarship Award. ART CENTER SCHOOL OF DESIGN Pasadena, CA Received Bassari Scholarship via Pasadena City College to attend one term, Fall 1980. Emphasis on Life Drawing and Animation Line Work. FREELANCE: Disney Consumer Products ( Packaging Director for Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 Packaging) Blink Digital (Blu-Ray DVD design), Brand Sense Partners (Sell Sheets and Power Point Presentation design for Branding and Marketing.) Avalanche (POP design) Clients include Disney, Mattel, Warner Brothers, Nickelodean, Lorac Cosmetics, Media Tonic, The Spot Salon, Aveda Concept Salons and Santo Pet Products. SKILLS: Thorough knowledge and use of the Adobe CS Suites: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Also proficient in Acrobat, Power Point and some After Effects Visit to view samples - Books available on request.


  • California State University Long Beach

    • BFA Illustration
    • 1983 - 1987
  • Pasadena City College

    • AA Illustration
    • 1980 - 1983
  • Art Center College of Design

    • Animation Illustration / Animation
    • 1983 - 1983



•DVD Association - DVD Excellence Award • American Graphic Design Awards - Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Packaging • Matty Award for Toy of the Year - Stinky the Garbage Truck™ (Packaging.) • Matty Award for Toy of the Year - LOOPZ™ (Packaging.) • Matty Award Nomination - Package of the Year 2011...
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