What is my story??? My professional experience is in the creation of original and branded illustration and character design for fortune 500 companies: Disney, Coke, Hard Rock Cafe, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Margaritaville, Marvel Entertainment. I am currently a freelance artist for hire and specialize in good art. I have created art for consumer products both hard and soft lines, toy turn arounds, apparel illustration, character design, background illustration, package design, logo design, plush dolls, specialty headwater, editorial illustration, and game art as well as digital story illustration. I am also open to representation. Please contact me directly at: mclarida@gmail.com Website: www.amplifiedimagewerks.com

Work Samples

  • Story and children's illustration

  • Character design

Work History

  • Teacher grades k-12

    • Apopka Christian academy
    • Aug 2014 - Present (1 year 9 months)

    I am a part time art teacher for grades k-12. This position is a great opportunity to give back into the community and bring the love of art to a new generation of hungry young people.

  • Freelance Illustrator

    I have been hired by Disney to illustration for consumer products and product development. This work is on a freelance basis and will basically be anything they want. Character model sheets to consumer hard and soft goods,to apparel and some 3d sculpting.

  • Mural artist

    • Florida Hospital
    • Orlando, FL
    • Dec 2013 - Present (2 years 5 months)

    I have been contracted to do a series of large scale mural projects for Florida Hospital. They have asked me to develop and execute murals for their Centra Care locations in Florida. I design the characters and translate them into composition illustrations and then transfer them to interior walls. The average scale of a single mural is 200sq ft.

  • Owner-founder-Creative director

    Amplified Imagewerks is a full service design and illustration firm created and managed by me. This is a continually evolving entity that serves as a creative outlet and freelance business. I have created everything about this company. It is my art and my vision.

  • Illustration lead

    • EOI Apparel
    • Oct 2003 - Aug 2014 (10 years 10 months)

    I was the lead illustrator for EOI Apparel. EOI is a design and illustration firm that has been an industry leader in entertainment based apparel for over ten years. They have many private label clients(Disney, Universal Studios, Marvel Entertainment,Hard Rock Cafe, Coke, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Dillards).

  • Lead Illustrator

    • Foot Locker
    • Jul 2000 - May 2002 (1 year 10 months)


  • Ringling School of Art and Design

    • BFA. Illustration Illustration, Design, Story
    • 1997 - 2000
  • Daytona State College

    • Associate of Arts (A.A.) Humanities and voice/theater
    • 1992 - 1996