Shamila

Freelance Graphic Designer & Photo Editor

1129
Location:Centreville, Virginia, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/shamila
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Kudos
5.0
2 Skills
$95
Rate/Hr
PROFILE:
A creative graphic design/illustration professional with more than eleven years of proven talent; expert in designing graphics and illustrations for brochures, posters, catalogs, magazines and web designs coupled with a thorough understanding of composition and color usage. Excellent project management skills. Ability to establish rapport with individuals at all levels, analyze needs and develop appropriate materials within project scope.

AREA OF EXPERTISE:
Digital Illustration and Collage • Graphic Design • Color Correcting • Logo Design • Brochure • Poster and Magazine.
Specialized skills in: Acrylic, oil, gouache, color pencil, pastel and collage. Digital scanning and retouching.

PREVIOUS CLIENTS:
American Mobile, American Red Cross, Aplion, Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., EDS, European Union, Goodwill, GSA, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, NX Networks, PSI Net, Sallie Mae, Sikorsky Aircraft Co., Smiths, Spectrum, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), USADR, Visual Networks, Yale University.

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE:
Creative Suite 5: Adobe Photoshop CS5 • Adobe Illustrator CS5 • Adobe InDesign CS5 • Quark Xpress • PowerPoint • Painter XI • Adobe Acrobat • Microsoft Office 2004 and Macromedia Freehand.
3D softwares: Luxulogy Modo and Maya
Web site design: Adobe Flash CS5, Adobe, HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver CS5.
Macintosh OS X and PC operating systems.

FREELANCE EXPERIENCE:
Exhibit Management Services, Inc., Marlboro, MD. July 2006 - Dec 2012.
Freelance Designer: Designing mural graphics, structure graphics, standard graphics and web design for trade shows of clients such as Northrop Grumman and Magellan.

Hargrove Inc, Lanham, MD. April 2011 - May 2011
Freelance Designer: Designing mural banner graphics, structure graphics for pyramid in World Bank Atrium area for a project called ‘Equal Exhibition’ for World Bank client.

KGRAFX Studio, Centreville, VA July 2011
Volunteered: Designed and developed for the past 3 and half years on Sri Lankan Sign Language Workbooks in Sinhala, Tamil and English targeting on preschool Deaf children in Sri Lanka. Held a book launch in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hargrove Inc, Lanham, MD. April 2010 - May 2010
Freelance Designer: Designed mural banner graphics, structure graphics for World Bank pyramid in Atrium area for a project called ‘Put Food First Exhibition’ for World Bank client.

United Nations Environmental Program, Nairobi, Kenya. July 2003 - July 2005.
Freelance Designer: Designed Posters, Brochures, Annual Reports and Book Covers; maintain total responsibility for creating layouts, creating composition of images; ensure that all assignments are completed within project scope.

Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., Manassas, VA. August 2004 - July 2005.
Freelance Designer: Designed structure graphics of postal theme and web design for their client Northrop Grumman’s Trade Show. Created the whole montage about Postal theme.

United Nations Development Program, New York City, New York. Sept. 2003.
Freelance Designer: Created an editorial section for their publication.

GEF/World Bank/CEEPA Climate Project, (FES, Yale University). Jan. 2003.
Freelance Designer: Created a montage about Africa, agriculture and poverty for their Webpage and Posters.

PUBLICATIONS:
Sri Lankan Sign Language Workbook Series, Sri Lanka. Jan 2012. Accredited by the Sri Lankan National Institute Education of Special. Designed and developed Sri Lankan Sign Language for Deaf preschool in Sri Lanka. Over 7500 of these books have been distributed to deaf children in schools around Sri Lanka, with generous donations from well-wishers in Sri Lanka and many foreign countries. The response from deaf children and their deaf children and their teachers has been most encourage.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., Manassas, Virginia. July 2004 - October 2006
Manager / Graphic Designer: Responsible for creating and designing mural graphics, structure graphics and standard graphics for various client’s trade shows for 2 years.

Sikorsky Aircraft, Milford, Connecticuit. Novemeber 2001 - June 2002
Manager / Graphic Designer: The experience I have created and developed posters, magazine covers and logos, which has also helped me to focus on time constraints during production while working in a team oriented environment.

Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., Manassas, Virginia. September 1997 - October 2001
Manager / Graphic Designer: Responsible for creating and designing mural graphics, structure graphics and standard graphics for various client’s trade shows for 5 years.

Teaching Internship (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, Georgia. Production Design II class, Winter Quarter 1997
Teaching Assistant: Instructed undergraduate students who were majoring in graphic design. Taught the students about the basic color spot, color theory and the basics of Quark Xpress.

Teaching Internship (Savannah College of Art and Design), Savannah, Georgia. Editorial Illustration class, Summer Quarter 1995
Teaching Assistant: Instructed undergraduate students of Illustration major for three months. Demonstrated how the collage technique was done step by step. Critiqued the students’ work in order to improve their weakness and to encourage them to explore new skills.

Studio Frank, Stockholm, Sweden. June 1986 - June 1987
Intern Artist Designer: Trained by leading illustrators Urban Frank, Michael Heslop, Michael Boston, Bo Lundwall and other well-known artists. Learned techniques of photographic painting.

J. W. Thompson Associates, Colombo, Sri Lanka. October 1987 - April 1988
Commercial Artist: Worked as an illustrator for the leading advertising company.

EDUCATION:
Advanced Certification in Web Design, Design School (Online School of Design) Session College, Jan 2011

MA in Graphic Design / MFA in Illustration, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, May 1997
Dean’s List: 1994, 1995 & 1996. President’s List: 1995, 1996 & 1997

BA in Advertising Art, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., May 1994
*** Laude in Gallaudet University, 1994; Ralf J. Miller Award in Gallaudet University, 1992; Dean’s List: 1991, 1992 & 1993.

School of Visual Arts, New York, NYC Foundation Courses, Jan-May 1990
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Photo Editing