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Mike Richlen

Freelance Illustrator, Animator, & More

Location:Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Phone: 414-530-4860
8 Skills
For inquiries call:
1 pm - 8 pm CST during the week.
Saturdays 7:30 am - 9 pm CST.

Visual storyteller. Working to meet clients needs and expectations in their expected time frame. Equally enjoy team collaboration and working independently.

• Children's book illustration of "Mother Nature Stories" and "Stinky The Bulldog." (See:
• Animation for Disney Interactive
• Animation for Mattel Interactive
• T-shirt and apparel design for Harley-Davidson, Kohl's, Target, and Sears
• Illustration and concept display design for American Girl and Sony
• Art Direction, illustration, and animation of Vista Training, Inc. online Haul Truck Training Courses
• Art Direction, illustration, and animation of characters and page treatments for HBI's online training course for hospitals

Illustration, Animation: 2-D and 3-D, Graphic Design, Concept Development, Story-boarding, Art Direction, Consulting, Apparel Design, Drawing, Metal sculpture

Entertainment, Retail POP design and environments, Apparel, Heavy Equipment, Healthcare, E-Learning


The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago, B.F.A. (1996-1998) - Drawn & computer animation, & film.

F.A.O. Schwarz Internship - Illustration / Graphic Design / Fabrication of POP displays.

The Maryland Institute, College of Art (1993-1996) - Painting / General Fine Arts / Illustration / Graphic Design.

Adobe Programs – Adobe Creative Suite 5.5: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Image Ready, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects.

Various Programs - QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office, Power Point, Excel, Opus 5.5, X-Sheet 95’, Maya 3-D, Poser, Carrara 3-D, Blender 3-D, Softimage 3.7 3-D.

Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Animator Freelance Consulting (2015 - Present)
Healthcare Business Insights, Greenfield, WI (2006, 2010 - 2015)
Graphic Designer / Illustrator – Lead illustrator of healthcare scenarios for e-learning training. Graphic design of various newsletters, reports, and branding. Clients: Numerous medical institutions - consulting for revenue recapture.

Vista Training Inc. , Waterford, WI (2005 - 2010)
Graphic Specialist - Art Direction, illustration, storyboarding, & 2-D / 3-D animation of multi-media training programs for heavy equipment operation & safety. Creation of marketing & promotional print materials. Clients: Bucyrus Intl., Inc., Case, OSHA, NUCA, etc.

Zimmerman & Associates, New Berlin, WI (2006)
Graphic Designer / Illustrator - 120 spot illustrations for quarterly reports & print documents.

Crown Prince, Franklin, WI (2004-2005)
Graphic Designer / Illustrator - for screen printed apparel lines youth to adult. Clients: Kohls, Target, Sears, Shopko, Las Vegas Ceasars Properties, & College (CLC).

Holoubek Vanity Fair, Waukesha, WI (2002-2004)
Graphic Designer / Illustrator - for screen printed licensed apparel lines & dealerships.
Client: Harley-Davidson.

Sony Gallery, Chicago, IL (2002-2004)
Visual Associate / Design & Installation - of in-store environments and window displays.

Small Stones Health Resource Center, Milwaukee, WI (2002)
Installation & Maintenance - of in-store window displays.

American Girl Place Pleasant Co., Chicago, IL (2001-2003)
Visual Associate / Design / Illustration / Fabrication - of in-store historical vitrines for New York flagship store. Design, illustration, painting, fabrication, & installation of Christmas Windows.

Karen Johnson Productions, Racine, WI (1998-2000)
Animator - Drawn animation, in-betweening, shadows, layout, backgrounds, storyboards, & character design for C.D. Rom games, scoreboard animation, television commercials. Clients: Disney Interactive, Mattel, Purple Moon, The Bradley Center, Milwaukee Brewers,
and O&H Danish Bakery.

CASE IH, Racine, WI (1999)
Design / Illustration - hand-drawn, inked, & painted poster of Case IH Tractor Ad.

James Gang Animation Group, Woodbury, MN (1998)
Animation Assistant - Final clean-up of animation.

Calabash Animation, Inc., Chicago, IL (1998-2006)
Animator - Drawn animation of shadows & final clean-up of characters for commercials. Clients: Saatchi - Lucky Charms, Trix, Brach’s Candies, Keebler Elves, & Mastercard.

F. A. O. Schwarz, Chicago, IL (1996-1997)
Visual Associate / Design / Illustration / Fabrication - Conception, illustration, & creation of point of purchase displays and in-store environments for various toy products.

Marriot Hotel, Chicago, IL (1997)
Designer / Sculptor - Sculpting food into various objects for table centerpieces.

Extrairdinair Art / Fasen Arts, Inc., Gurnee, IL (1997)
Illustrator - Drawn & airbrushed caricatures.

Richlen Garage, Inc., West Allis, WI (1989-1996)
Assistant - Receiving parts, assisting staff mechanics, & overall maintenance.

Stinky The Bulldog, Milwaukee, WI (2004)
Art Direction / Illustration / Layout / Graphic Design - Hand-drawn, inked, & digital coloring of story involving 26 illustrations cover to cover.

Mother Nature Stories, Franklin, WI (2001)
Art Direction / Illustration - Hand-drawn, inked, & painted illustrations of animals & people for 21 separate short-stories. 29 illustrations cover to cover.

Private Client, Waterford, WI (2008)
Metal Sculpting - of two (8 x 5 foot) sculptures of flowers in pots for driveway entrance. Design, metal fabrication (cutting, welding, brazing), & installation.

Crossings, Hales Corners, WI (2006)
Design / Illustration - Set-design & storyboarding of 75 drawings of a story called “Lightning.”

Anne’s Restaurant, Hales Corners, WI (2002)
Metal Sculpting - of two (10 x 5 foot) sculptures of flowers for outdoor garden area.
Design, metal fabrication (cutting, welding, brazing), & installation.

Serial Box Studios, Kenosha, WI (1999-2001)
Acting & Narration - of sci-fi, web show “Population 3 Million.” Prop & costume construction - sculpted & cast various elements (4 helmets) in plastic.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Racine, WI (1999-2000)
Design, Layout, & Painting - of large-scale mural of the story of Noah’s Ark in collaboration with another artist & church members.

Private Client, Franklin, WI (1996)
Design, Layout, & Painting - of large-scale mural of various cats on a hill, a tree, & birds.

U.S.A. Book News (2007) Best Children’s Picture Book
The National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts (1993) Level II Award, Visual Arts
Scholastic Art Awards (1990-1995) Portfolio Award
The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (1992) Scholarship
Liquitex Excellence In Art (1994) Grant
Wisconsin State Fair (1992 & 1991) Scholarship
Francis Hook Scholarship Fund Board (1993) Scholarship
Greendale Wisconsin Ice Sculpture Contest (1991) Second Place Award
The Milwaukee Journal Student Art Calendar (1993) Gold