Hello I'm Matt Tames, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I have over 7 years of illustration and graphic design experience. I've worked in film, the publishing industry, and I've created art work for museums. Please take a look at my experience below, and I'm looking forward to working with you.
Thank you for your time.
Freelance Illustrator, Strand Marketing April 2013 – Present
Created and illustrated a character for laser cutting client. Took the clients initial concept and created an illustration that exceeded their ideas. I have also been implementing design changes and revisions to brochures and newsletters.
Production Designer and Concept Artist, Manufactured Love (in production) 9/12-4/13
Created the visual look of the upcoming stop-motion film Manufactured Love. Created conceptual art of the robotic characters and backgrounds. Created blueprint studies for modelers to use in the production of the characters and 250 storyboards for the film
Illustrator, Newf Emporium 3/12-1/13
Designed and illustrated dog inspired illustrations for their greeting card business. Also designed and illustrated images for screen-printing on T-shirts.
Illustrator & Designer, Little Big Illustrations, Little Big Pet Portraits, Little Big Paintings 2/10-Present
Designer and illustrator for both Little Big Illustrations and Little Big Pet Portraits. Illustrations creates custom graphics and illustrated images for clients. Pet Portraits specializes in creating custom artwork of clients beloved pets. Pet Portraits was featured in Dog Fancy Magazine in 2011 for my pet of the week series that featured shelter animals.
Illustrator, David Beasley- Children’s Book Author 10/10-2/11
Created concept art for an upcoming children’s book. Created illustrations of characters and scenes in the book. Also creating a custom-illustrated banner for his blog.
Sketchbook Project 2010-2012
Created a book of illustrations that will be on permanent display at The Brooklyn Art Library and tour the world. Illustrated 50 shelter animals that visitors can read about in the sketchbook, which will hopefully inspire some of them to adopt an animal in need or donate to their care.
Games artist, Rio Grande Games 10/10
Created concept art and illustrations for the new expansion of the Dominion card game.
Concept Artist, Moostache Games 9/10
Created concept artwork for cards that are being produced for their new game. Created designs of various subjects that were used to determine the overall look of the game art.
Contract Artist, The Indianapolis Zoo; Indianapolis, IN 2006, 2007
Did live paintings of animal exhibits, and that artwork became part of a fundraiser auction to raise money for the zoo.
Contract Artist, The Children’s Museum; Indianapolis, 9/05 – 10/10
Performed live demonstrations of artwork that became part of the museum’s permanent collection. They would give me a fossil and I would create artwork of the dinosaur from which it came. I would also educate guests on dinosaur facts, and kids could participate in the activity.
- Four of my paintings are part of a long-term exhibit in the Dinosphere’s Art Gallery
- Published twice in Prehistoric Times Magazine
- One of the first to illustrate the newly discovered dinosaur species Dracorex Hogwartsia
- Published in September 2009 by Art Evolved: the Online Paleo-Art Community
Indiana University, School of Fine Arts; Bloomington, IN
B.A. Studio Art; Minor in Art History; August 2005
- Basic: Word, Windows, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint. Proficient on Mac or PC
- Web: formatting photos for Web, creating web graphics, creating blog websites, some html
- Layout and Design: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Corel Painter