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James Rodriguez

Freelance Illustrator, Comic Artist, & More

Location:Elmhurst, New York, United States
4 Skills
A skilled and proficient artist with over 17 years of experience as an illustrator and designer. Earned a B.F.A. degree in illustration from The School of Visual Arts in 1993. Has worked as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist for such clients as Kodak, Texaco, Saatchi & Saatchi, Young & Rubicam and Dynamite Entertainment. Served as an art director on several film, television and stage productions. Is expertly skilled in the use of various artistic disciplines including but not limited to digital, traditional media and freehand illustration. Has also directed videos for independent musical acts which included conceptual to post production aspects.

Professional Experience

Novastar Studios
Queens, NY April 2004 - Present
Art Director / Illustrator
Executed all artistic functions including but not limited to; illustrating and embellishment of original stories, digital coloring, lettering as well as preparing artwork files for press. Created marketing concepts and promotional artwork. Supervised artwork by contributing artists. Created artwork for clients which included but not limited to Free Lunch Comics, Bluehive Studios, Guildworks Publications and Jewel Marketing.
Comic Titles
Sara Rising - Creator / Penciller / Inker / Co-Plotter

Breygent Marketing
Ontario, Canada August 2010 - Present
Freelance Illustrator Designed and Illustrated various trading cards, for various trademark characters such as Vampirella, Dead World, Cry for Dawn and Red Sonja for companies such as Dynamite Entertainment and Universal Network Television.

Napoleon Art
New York, NY July 2011 - Present
Storyboard Artist
Created digital and freehand storyboards for television commercials for clients which included Chase Bank, Wendy’s Hamburgers and Herbal Essence.

Profound Studios
Brooklyn, NY February 2008 – March 2012
Storyboard Artist, Conceptual Designer, Director / Co-Producer
Directed and edited music videos which also included the creation of storyboards and story concept as well as casting. Illustrated storyboards for various other music videos and short film projects with outside directors and producers. Served as cinematographer on several in house short films. Worked with various directors, in the development of shots and storylines for many video projects. Created conceptual designs for an action figure toy line including packaging.

Super Shielders
New York, NY April 2009 – November 2009
Children's Book Illustrator
Created all artwork for independent children’s book series. With the author designed all characters for said series.

Apple Digital Printing,
Queens, NY March 2004 – November 2008
Graphic Production Artist
Created digital design work for such clients as, The Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bed Bath & Beyond, Elmhurst Hospital, American Movie Classics Television and Home Box Office. Preformed quality control and prepared digital artwork for pre-press. Served as head of the production art department, whose duties included the training of employees on new software and company policies, as well as being liaison between all other departments. Created a manual for art department employees on handling specific client accounts. Aided finishing department with large production jobs which included completing and prepping large format products for shipping such as banners, vinyl lettering and free standing signs.

Dreamchilde Press
New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA July 2002 – October 2005
Comic Book Artist
Created artwork for published issues of flagship title “Quantum:Rock of Ages” as well as creating characters for series. Designed artwork for marketing and promotional material.

Artistic Education
School of Visual Arts: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
Degree awarded May 1993
Major: Commercial Illustration Graduated in Illustration Department top 25%

High School of Art and Design: Regents High School Diploma
Diploma Awarded June 1989
Certificate of Excellence awarded June 1989
Area of Concentration: Illustration

Professional Memberships
Comicbook Artist Guild - Best Art Direction Award 2008
Society of Illustrators
Graphic Artist Guild

Technical Skills
Traditional and Digital Illustration, Conceptual Design, Storyboards, Microsoft Windows, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Quark Xpress, PC and Mac literate, Writer, Fluency in Spanish