Michelle Lash-Ruff

Freelance Digital Artist & Book Illustrator

Location:United States
2 Skills
439 Owlville Road, Oxford, New York, 13830 (607) 316-2529
www.lashruffstudio.com lashruff.artwork@gmail.com

To obtain a Freelance work in Fine and Applied-Digital Arts, where my creativity, knowledge, experience, and skills can be shared with clients, market and media.

Excellent leadership and teaching skills. Published illustrator Adobe Illustrator CS5
Strong written, verbal communication skills. Fine Art published Adobe Photoshop CS5
Strong interpersonal skills. Successful graphic designer HTML, XTML, JAVA
Strong computer skills Educational technologies familiarity Adobe Dreamweaver

2011-present Broome Community College, BIT Classes
1984-1987 MFA Illustration, Syracuse University
1980-1984 BFA Communication Design, *** Laude, SUNY University at Buffalo
1979-1980 Graphic Design, SUNY State College at Buffalo
1975-1979 High School Diploma, Susquehanna Valley High School,
BOCES Visual Communications

1989-Present Owner: Lash-Ruff Studio; Product development and design for many industries such as; toy, gift, stationery, home decor and mass-market. Develop marketing tools for marketing presentations. Creating final artwork for products by traditional methods and digitally for use on products and for fine art purposes. Create concepts and final art for three-dimensional seasonal products and home goods. Design logos, brochures, and packaging, games, toys, banners.
Clients include; Papermagic Group, Midwest, Impact Innovations, Hasbro, Playskool, Sunrise, PennyLane Publishing, Publications International, Custom Décor, Gertrude Hawk, Hallmark and Danbury Mint. Artwork and products have appeared such market places as; Walmart, Kmart, Target, Neiman Marcus, Dollar General, National Wildlife Federation, JCPenney and Sears.

1987-1989 Department Manager, Illustrator, Paramount Greetings, Rhode Island
Directed and managed designers and artists. Directed the layout of greeting cards and type design and style for products. Illustrated cards and worked on product development.

1986-1984 Licensing art coordinator, Hasbro Inc., Rhode Island
Coordinated illustrated artwork for products. Worked with clients to develop art for the products using Hasbro and Playskool licensed art. Created artwork for products. Developed style guides. Attended trade shows. Worked on promotion and licensing of characters.
Graphic Designer, Designed catalogs, licensing standards, end caps, brochures, logos, letter head, POPs and marketing tools. Directed product photo shoots, press approvals, and trade show mock-ups, materials and displays. Provided marketing support services.
Skills (2) Rating
Digital Art
Book Illustration