Gabe Finkenstein

Freelance Cartoonist & Book Illustrator

Location:Rocky Hill, Connecticut, United States
2 Skills
Work Experience

Elmwood Productions 2006 to Present?Art Director / Illustrator / Puppeteer?Puppeteering and acting in a variety of filmed works. Creating character designs for several projects. Producing storyboards for filming. Heading the art direction on multiple projects. Designing merchandise. Working with others at Elmwood on character development and screenplays. Enhancing puppet mechanics.

R & F Designs 2002 to Present?Illustrator / Carousel Restoration?Repairing, painting, carving, cleaning and ensuring authentic historical representation for the horses, rounding boards and other animals on the ride.

DZYNR 2011
Illustrated five assorted fish for brochure then was contracted for three additional pieces.

Blick Art Materials 2004 to February 2010?Manager [Inventory]?2009 Placing in the top three in company’s nationwide t-shirt design competition.?Creating art for store wide employee art show.?Designing and co-painting Fall 2008 window mural.?Designing cartoon characters for face painting demonstrations. Teaching in store demonstrations on cartooning, sculpting jewlery from polymer clay, making artist trading cards, collaging artist trading cards, and creating ornaments from miniature canvases.

Gabrielle and the Extraordinary Man 2009?Illustrator?Creating character design, layout, storyboard and final art work for an author’s self-published children’s book.
New Britain Museum of American Art 2008 and 2009?Fine Artist?Donated paintings that have sold through the museum’s art auctions.

Southington Apple Festival     2009?Fine Artist / Art Teacher?Painting a piece of art live that was auctioned off.?Teaching cartooning classes at a local store throughout the day.?Creating pieces that were on display for Harvest of the Arts festival.

P.L.A.C.E. [Partnerships in Learning and Creative Exploration, Inc.]     2008?Art Teacher?Teaching a class on cartooning and illustration for children ages 11 and up. Creating lesson plans for each class.?Donating a painting for P.L.A.C.E. auction wine tasting as an artist on display.

S.A.C.A. [Southington Arts and Crafts Association]     2007?Art Teacher?Teaching a cartooning class.

Chesire Art League 2006 ?Art Teacher ?Teaching a cartooning class.
Miscellaneous Art/Work for Hire
Logo design for Bright Water woodworking company?Logo design for Disaria (band)?Creating custom “battle armor” for C.R.O. (Creative Roleplaying Organization)?Sculpting original wedding topper?Creating toy and game prototypes for local inventor

Paier College of Art, Inc Graduated 2006?Bachelors in Fine Arts, Majoring in Illustration
Skills (2) Rating
Book Illustration