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Illustrator/ Graphic Artist
I am a traditional realistic oil painter and digital illustrator using Adobe Creative Suite. Experienced in photography and photo manipulation. Interest in themes ranging from portraiture, scientific, science fiction, humorous, romantic to horror illustration. I also have over eight years experience designing screen print and embroidery graphics for the resort, travel and retail industries, which includes the use of licensed characters such as Nickelodeon and Peanuts.
Fine Art/ Illustrations
Location: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI Title: Continuing Education Instructor Duties: Teach adult Introduction through professional level in Adobe Photoshop. Duration: August 2012 - August 2014 Location: Perrin, Inc., Comstock Park, MI Title: Graphic Designer Duties: Design screen print and/or embroidery for shirts/hats as well as production work for the resort and retail industry. Design graphic page layouts for customer approval. Photography and photo editing for catalogues, website, promotional layouts and other miscellaneous projects. Duration: November 2005 - August 2013 Location: Wolf Communications Ltd., Owosso, MI Title: Graphic Artist/ Illustrator Duties: Design ID packages and promotionals for businesses, non-profit organizations, and events. Newspaper ad layouts for client promotional events. Pre-print and Print. Website page layout. Duration: March 2005- August 2005 Location: The Great Frame Up, Grand Rapids, MI Title: Framer Duties: Design custom work order, build frame, fit picture (Design/build The Beetles shadow box for 2003 Framerica nation wide competition, top 10 finalist) Duration: April 2003- August 2003 Location: World of Color Tattoo, Owosso, MI Title: Artist assistant Duties: Design custom tattoos and create carbon transfers Duration: May 1997 – December 1998 -Freelance Graphic Design/ Illustration Entertainment Publication: Revue Magazine, Grand Rapids, MI Commission: Cover Illustration for Fairs and Festivals Duration: July 2008 Theater Company: Light Opera Works, Evanston, IL Commission: Illustrate cover and design multi-piece invitation for 2008 Gala event. Duration: January 2008-Febuary 2008 Rotary International: Rotary District 6440 Chicago, IL Commission: Design logo to be used in promotional material for Paris Exchange. Duration: October 2007 Band: LIFTED, Owosso, MI Commission: Design 3-fold album package and Logo design from concept through printing process. Photography/digital illustration Duration: February 2006 – July 2006 Company: Alcatraz Brewing Co., Indianapolis, IN Commission: Design logos for various house beers. Duration: December 2005 Company: Shiawassee Family YMCA, Owosso, MI Commission: Design illustration for yearly fundraiser plaque and poster. Digital Illustration. Duration: November 2004 Journal: The Uncommon Sense, Flint, MI Commission: Illustrate Newspaper covers and story illustrations. Photography and digital illustrations Duration: October 2004 – Current (Regular freelance client) Band: LIFTED, Owosso, MI Commission: CD package design and illustration. Jewel case only. Duration: September 2004 Disc Jockey: Ultimate DJ Entertainment, Owosso, MI Commission: Personal identity package, promotional items. Photography/ digital. Duration: August 2004 Band: XitPoint, Owosso, MI Commission: CD booklet, tray case, CD design, promotional items. Photography and illustration. Duration: April 2004- May 2004 Band: Signs of Life, Owosso, MI Commission: CD cover design. Photography and Illustration. Duration: February 2003 Company: Gilson Graphics, Grand Rapids, MI Commission: Design image for child standardized test. Illustrator document. Duration: November 2002 -Personal Projects Regular oil paintings for galleries and personal promos and stories. Book: Introverted Parallax, currently unpublished Job: Write and illustrate four poems/ short stories Duration: May 2003- Oct 2003 Book: Theory and Practice, currently unpublished Job: Write seven chapter novella; chapter, cover and back illustrations. Duration: January 2004-June 2004 -Awards Dean’s/ President’s list Freshman-Senor years. Kendall College of Art and Design Studio Excellence Award: Studio Faculty Selection 2004, Kendall College of Art and Design Honorable Mention, 11th Annual Michigan Juried All-Media Art Competition, Shiawassee Arts Council Showcased artist in Dec. 2004 issue of The Uncommon Sense, Flint, MI -Skills Experienced in CS2 Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Quark Express. Work In Mac OS X Experienced in oil Paint, graphite, pen & ink, water color, digital illustration and mixed media Experienced in photography, photo correction and manipulation Strong creative mind, extreme attention to detail and form Work well under tight deadlines and constructive criticism Good team player, promoting strong communication among group members
-Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, Illustration -Studio Excellence Award: Studio Facility Selection 2004 -Academic Honors: 3.95 -Dean’s and President’s List 2000-2004 -Presented on Violence in American Illustration at the 2004 American Culture Association, San Antonio TX, Spring 2004