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Spike O'Laochdha

Freelance Comic Artist, Fantasy Artist, & More

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Location:Elizaville, New York, United States
Phone: (802) 870-6271
Website: http://www.facebook.com/spikeoillustration
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/spike-o
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Multi-talented, imaginative, flexible, and highly-motivated artist with over five years of professional experience working on freelance graphic art and web design projects for a variety of magazines and individuals. Particularly skilled at pen and ink drawing, and focused detail work, as well as developing fluid relationships with clients to fulfill their aesthetic needs. Extremely proficient in a variety of Adobe Creative Suite programs, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and AfterEffects.

Looking for a graphic art position in which I can utilize my powerful attention to detail and ability to perform with focus under tight deadlines to ensure timely and exemplary completion of all project specifications.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PRINCIPAL GRAPHIC ARTIST at SPIKE-O ILLUSTRATION (2009-present)
Founder, operator, and principal artist of freelance graphic art company Spike O. Illustration. Specialization in comic books and concept art, with a prolific range of projects from advertising to editorial images representing an international clientele of independent contractors to multinational firms. Emphasis on establishing fluid, lasting relationships with clients, while delivering quality imagery in a timely manner. Keep clients informed during each step of the creative process, and educate them in the development of their projects. Manage art teams of freelance contractors on larger projects, and teach students privately in the art of comic inking, digital painting, and typography. Designed and maintain several artist portfolio websites utilizing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Notable clients and projects include:
Comics and Graphic Novels:
- Raw Median – Los Angeles, CA – Ocilac (2014-present)
- Dirty1/2Breed Comics – Underground, VA – Gs (2013-present)
- Brandon Ballard – Newtown, CT – Revelations (2010-2012)
- Frank Hudec – New York, NY – Necropolis (2009-2012)
- Spike O. Illustration – Pine Bush, NY – Clockwork & Revenant (2009-present)

Book Illustration:
- Ryan Vecci – Collingswood, NJ – Gods of Volmea (2014-present)

Animation and Video Game Concept Art:
- Larson Themed Construction & Ex Nihilo Inc. – Dubai, UAE – Miracles and Adventures of the Prophets (2013)
- Kazooloo – Tel Aviv, Israel – Kazooloo Mobile (2013)
- N8Ways Inc. – Moorpark, CA – Eternal Epics (2011-2013)

Advertising and Package Design:
- Sirius Brewpub – Webster, TX – Beer Labels (2013-2014)
- VT Webworks – Ripton, VT – VoiceGator (2012-2014)
- Petrosys Inc. – Adelaide, SA, Australia – Comic Advertising Campaign (2011-2012)
- Ink Publishing – Brooklyn, NY – AirTran Airlines' GO! & Viva Aerobus' Enviva (2009-2010)

VOLUNTEER WORK
Middlebury Union High School – Middlebury, VT (2006-2012) Presented annually for seven years as guest lecturer and former student at MUHS Cartooning class for student comic book project. Presented portfolio to students, and discussed a variety of topics from application to art school to starting a freelance business and acquiring a client base. Performed one-on-one critiques with students and advised in the craft of comic book storytelling.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications Design, Focus in Illustration, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

HONORS and AWARDS
- Pratt Senior Show Exhibition for Outstanding Achievement in Communications Design, 2009
- Middlebury College Friends of Art Award, 2005

TECHNICAL SKILLS

ARTIST MEDIA
Pencil and graphite
Pen and Ink
Digital Tablet Monitor and Media
Watercolor
Oil paint

COMPUTER SOFTWARE
Adobe AfterEffects
Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Mac OSX
Manga Studio EX Professional
Microsoft Office
MS/DOS
Windows XP/Vista/7
Mac OSX+