I have worked as a comic and freelance artist for the last 12 years. I have also worked as a graphic designer specializing in advertising, book publishing and layout, small business promotion and web design for the last 6 years.
Nowhere Comics - Fredericksburg, VA November 2006 to Present
Conceptualized and communicated ideas for brochures, ad comps, micro-sites, direct mailings and web design in professional and government backgrounds. Translated information into actionable design requirements to influence product direction. Worked alongside Digital Marketing providers to create marketing solutions. Technical Knowledge in InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Responsible for defining, developing and conducting user research and analysis utilizing a broad knowledge of user-centered testing methods. Managed and operated small business publishing company with responsibilities including, but not limited to: creating proposals, setting up and leading client meetings, contract writing and review, acted as project manager on all client operations, and managed all facets of advertising and marketing. Fundamental project management skills.
The Creative Side - Fredericksburg, VA September 2010 to Present
Deliver curriculum with energy and enthusiasm, using immersive learning techniques. Communicate with learners in an engaging, age-appropriate way, ensuring that artistic learning is both effective and fun. Contribute to student success by leading engaging demonstrations of art lessons. Ensure classes are run efficiently and start and end, as scheduled.
Flash/ActionScript 3 Developer
Lockheed Martin - Dahlgren, VA
November 2012 to May 2013
Flash/ActionScript 3 modification using XML for military oriented interactive web applications. Using high level programming to develop teaching applications, ActionScript allows for the manipulation of various lesson components to create tests for Naval personnel. Additionally, custom code is created in limited timeframes to facilitate the urgent contractual needs of the client. Alongside Flash/ActionScript,
Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop are commonly used for projects.
Media and Graphics Coordinator
College of Southern Maryland - LaPlata, MD June 2011 to August 2012
Work alongside the marketing department of a large community college designing various advertising campaigns for web and print. Create the overall look and feel of a wide range of interactive communication products using text, data, graphics, sound, animation and other digital and visual effects. Work on projects such as internet sites, electronic, online learning materials and interactive television using industry-standard graphics and multimedia software packages, designing hypertext links and animated menus, and writing codes and testing the functionality of the end product. Translated information into actionable design requirements to influence product direction.
Shelley Impressions - Fredericksburg, VA
June 2008 to July 2010
Designed business related graphics print and mail clients. Created books, fliers, advertisements, posters and business cards using CorelDRAW and Adobe Creative Suite. Worked with creative directors, copywriters and producers to develop designs that were both compelling and cost-effective.