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EDUCATION-

B.A. in Art - California State University, Northridge:                  graduated 12/1994

Degree focus on Illustration and Graphic Design

SKILLS:

ART DIRECTION/ TRADITIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN: Conceptualize layouts. Track all phases of production. Creation of print-ready documents using Quark Express Passport 4-8,  Adobe CS3 InDesign, MSWord.

COMPUTER COLORING, PHOTO RETOUCHING, DIGITAL ARTWORK: Digital rendering and illustration, Instruction level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop v. 2.5- CS5, Adobe Illustrator v.6-8, CS3

TRADITIONAL ILLUSTRATION: strengths include; ink, acrylic paints, oil paints, colored pencils

CAREER EXPERIENCE:

ART DIRECTOR-

Paisano Publications, LLC. Agoura Hills, CA

11 years experience- 2000-2011

Choose images involved in the magazines, gather photography and supplementary artwork for the magazine

Designed and produced all magazine files
Maintain quality standards for the photography and art
Responsible for all phases of production including photo shoots, imaging requests, and press check
Created supplementary artwork and logos
Art Directed a delicate brand evolution to appeal to a wider market
Lead redesigns for magazines
Developed process to efficiently repurpose photography dramatically lowering costs
Collaborated with editorial and art departments on aesthetic vision
Improved recognition of Tattoo Savage magazine into an influential staple of the industry by styling for market tastes
Increased recognition of Tattoo Flash magazine by improving content choices; over the years it has become one of the top selling magazines of the company
Created web content for website and social media postings
Exceeded and improved on the expectations of multiple managers with varying levels of autonomy
Established good PR for both the company and artists; exposure helped lesser known artists gain industry recognition
Added duties included reworking headline/advertising/cover line copy and fact checking

 

DIGITAL IMAGER/PHOTO RETOUCHER -

Paisano Publications, Inc.                                  1998- 2000

Prepare images involved in the magazines for print readiness,
analyze and fix problems in color balance,
add special effects, photocompositing, and illustrations
Prepped covers for print readiness

 

COMPUTER COLORIST  -

Marvel Entertainment, Inc.                                 1995-1996                           

Malibu Comics, Inc.  Westlake Village, CA       1993-1995

Colorized inked pages for Malibu Comics and Marvel Comics, creating 4 color separated art using Photoshop.
Responsible for design, rendering, keeping consistant light sources and color

 

COMPUTER COLORIST-

Fleer Corp.                                                         1994 - 1995
Promoted from Malibu Comics to create computer-illustrated "Overpower" trading cards.
Responsible for full color design and print-ready character illustrations developed from pencils into digital artwork using Photoshop and Painter

 

COMMISSIONED COLORIST

for Walt Disney:                                                    Christmas  cards 1994
          

APPRENTICE SPECIAL EFFECTS ARTIST-

Modern Video Film  Burbank, CA          11/ 1994 - 2/1995
Added special effects and animation to video sequences in a popular television series: rotoscoping, video editing
Prepared video for special effects: creating back plates, color keying, matting using The Edit Box editing bay.

HOBBIES/ COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:          
Dance troop: "Everything Celtic"-performing Irish and Scottish dancing at festivals, local events      
           1999-2007

Portfolio and references available upon request