I am an established digital illustrator and designer with considerable experience producing concept as well as finished art, game element design, and cartography for top-tier game publishers. I excel at concepting and delivering finished graphics within tight deadlines, managing multiple projects, and developing coherent and evocative visual imagery.

Work Samples

  • Fantasy Cartography

  • Environment Art for Games

Work History

Mike Schley 500 West 17th Street Tempe, AZ 85281 (206) 852-8417 mike@mikeschley.com www.mikeschley.com SUMMARY: Experienced illustration and design professional, fluent in a variety of traditional and digital art production methods. Possesses excellent conceptual, analytic, and aesthetic capabilities as well as an aptitude for new skill set development. Excels in a fast paced creative environment with a proven ability to manage large teams and guide projects to completion within deadline and budget ranges. Interested in contributing talents to a top-notch company with a focus on great visual design. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Mike Schley Illustration and Design Freelance Illustrator/Designer 2005 to – - Concept and final art generation for a variety of clients seeking high quality illustration services. - Corporate identity design with a focus on elegant and clean logo creation. - Project management in a deadline oriented studio with short time leads and multiple concurrent assignments. - Business administration and account management for independent creative company. - Website and database maintenance in a professional capacity as a small business owner. Paizo Publishing LLC Associate Art Director 2004 to 2005 - Oversaw the design and production of a leading monthly gaming magazine. - Assigned and guided interior illustration and cartography for a large team of contract artists. - Produced monthly online magazine handout and .pdf map supplement. - Creation of game oriented collateral for multiple in-house magazines. Decipher Inc. Graphic Designer/Digital Artist 2000 to 2004 - Handled design and pre-press assignments for prominent game publishing company whose licensed products include The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek customizable card games. - Quality control prior to licensor approvals and off-site final press checks. - Creation and editing of in-house and out-sourced illustration. EDUCATION: Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Studio Arts Major with emphases in illustration and design. AWARDS: - ENnie Award Nomination: Best Cartography Revenge of the Giants (2010) - ENnie Award Nomination: Best Cartography Elder Evils (2008) - ENnie Award: Best Aid or Accessory Dungeon Magazine (2005) - ENnie Award: Best Free Product Dungeon Magazine Map & Handout Supplements (2005) - Origins Award: Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game The Lord of the Rings CCG (2001) REFERENCES: - Jon Schindehette – Creative Art Director, Wizards of the Coast - Stacy Longstreet – Creative Resource Director , Sidhe Games - Sarah Robinson – Senior Art Director, Paizo Publishing Software: PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Painter, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Quark Express, Excel, Word

Education

Old Dominion University

Specialties

Awards

- ENnie Award Nomination: Best Cartography Elder Evils (2008) - ENnie Award: Best Aid or Accessory Dungeon Magazine (2005) - Origins Award: Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game The Lord of the Rings CCG (2001)

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