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Alan Bessen

Freelance Digital Artist, Cartoonist, & More

9706
Location:New York City, New York, United States
Phone: 917-915-3128
Website: http://www.behance.net/abessen
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/alanbessen
50
Kudos
4.5
4 Skills
$20
Rate/Hr
Art Summary: Professional level skills in editorial illustration and cartooning. Apply creative vision to produce a broad scope of work including comic books, illustrations, and murals. Work in a wide array of mediums encompassing computer technology, oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, and charcoal pencil.
Teaching Summary: Possess a varied educational background through teaching in diverse school and recreational environments. Acquired hands-on experience of daily lesson planning, building a curriculum and project development. Mentor and motivated students and established productive relationships with students, parents, educational administrators and art directors by applying effective communication skills.

Professional Experience
Freelance Illustration 1985- Present
Obtain assignments for national, regional and local publications by applying professional skills
that generate repeat and new business.
Introduce multiple ideas for assignments and execute what is selected and complete all work
under tight deadlines.
Highlighted by a local newspaper in an article and as part of the publications Art in Queens
Section.
Clients included; United Features, National Review, Cruise & Vacation Views , AARP Bulletin
Risk Management Magazine , Hartford Courant

Graphic Artist, Display Technologies Aug. 2000 – June 2012
Designed graphics and print ready mechanicals by applying Adobe Illustrator and
Photoshop skills.
Produced interactive presentations using Macromedia Director and 3D renderings
of P.O.P displays using the Strata 3-D program. Created and maintained archive of
digital files

Dalton after school program, New York, NY Sept. 2003 – Present
Educational Alliance/Tompkins Square MS Sept. 2006 – June 2009
Created and implemented a comprehensive cartooning program by applying extensive
knowledge of the genre that sustained the interest of elementary and middle school students.
Established programs served as the literary component and a mode of self-expression for these
students. Enhanced the cartooning skills of four, fifth and six graders by teaching basic Photoshop.
Taught professional level techniques to produce camera ready comic book art.

Hofstra Summer Camp, Hempstead, NY 1999 - Present
Instructor, Cartooning/Comic Book Illustration
Achieved the goal of developing a camper-produced comic book on an annual basis through
effective classroom management.
Stimulated the interest of elementary and middle school age children by supporting the
production of published and personal work.
Conducted comprehensive hands-on instruction in a group or individual setting that enhanced
the incorporation of storytelling and illustration.
Maintained a high level of interest by applying diverse points of view to generate new concepts.

EDUCATION
The New School Computer Instruction Center, New York, NY 1996 - 1997
Extensive work Photoshop, Illustrator and Director courses/Macintosh Platform
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY Bachelor of Fine Arts 1985