Designer / May 2016 - present
Art direct and design the cover and interiors for educational, trade, and licensed property books for children. Design and hire artists to illustrate the rebranded, award-winning science non-fiction picture book series, Let's Read-and-Find-Out. Communicate efficiently with agents, artists, licensors, editors, post-production managers and sales/marketing teams on popular book projects such as the Guinness World Record chapter, compilation and I Can Read books. Present cover concepts presentations in from of sales and marketing executives and publishers.
Assistant Designer / October 2014 - April 2016
Designed and managed covers and interiors for children's picture books, early reader chapter books, and licensed book properties to meet seasonal critical deadlines. Art direced, hire and collaborate with artists and freelancers. Collaborated with editors, art reps, production staff. Organized, prepped, and archived cover snapshots and printer-ready book files Digital Asset Management (DAM). Monitored freelancer budgets as well as process invoices in a timely manner.
Design Assistant / April 2013 - October 2014
Provided administrative support to the associate creative director ie. answering phone, ordering books, distributing mail, organizing meetings and calendar events. Assisted in the design, preparation and organization for picture book projects from preliminary dummy stage to file prep for print production. Researched and acquired creative talent, prepared presentations for sales, cover and seasonal launch meetings.
Thomas Soloman - Magician & Escape Artist
Illustrator & Designer / April 2015 - August 2015
Conceptualized and designed performance fliers, posters and newspaper advertisements for Thomas Solomon's summer performances. Communicated clearly and efficiently with the client via email and telephone correspondence to work through several rounds of revisions of each projects promotional materials.
Junction of Function
Freelance Product Designer / August 2012 - May 2013
Created the graphic artwork for the Shoe Tying Made Simple instructional package design, Writing Made Simple magnetic lunch box design, and the rebranded All Tied Up booklet design. Designed and illustrated the How To Tie A Windsor Knot tutorial for young men, Shoe Tying Made Simple tutorial, and the One-Handed Shoe Tying Method tutorial.
Chibi's Boba Tea, LLC.
Branding Designer / June 2012 - present
Developed the branding design for the company logo, business cards, posters, frequent buyer cards and other promotional materials for the cafe. Refreshed and updated necessary art files for print and digital presentation.
Express Fashion, Inc.
Graphic Design Intern / May 2011 - August 2011
Assisted the men's design team with graphic art, textile pattern, and typography designs for graphic t-shirts, knits, sweaters, denim and accessories. Updated and recolored archival art for reprinted graphic art. Created presentation boards for the fall/winter 2012 seasonal strategy meeting in front of company executives, sales and marketing associates and the CEO. Catalogued and organized product tech and style sheets into WebPDM. Kept detailed notes and memos from meetings with production and material merchants. Evaluated fabric and textile quality. Negotiated fabric prices.
Major: Creating the Picture Book with Barbara Lalicki and Steve Henry
Continuing Studies, February 2017 - April 2017
Make Art That Sells
Major: Illustrating Children's Books with Lilla Rogers & Zoe Tucker
Online Class, October - November 2016
Ringling College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, May 2012
Gallery Exhibitions & Shows
Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ. / June 9-11, 2017
As part of the art collective, The YEA Girls, I will be participating as a vendor in the Artist Alley of AnimeNEXT 2017 selling fine art prints, artist bound books, sticker packs, mini comics, greeting cards, and demoing live small illustration commissions.
"Chic to the Unique" Boutique
143 Butler Lane, New Canaan, CT. / April 22-23, 2017
As part of the art collective, The YEA Girls, I will be participating as a vendor selling fine art prints, artist bound books, sticker packs, mini comics, and greeting cards.
MOCCA Arts Festival
Metropolitan West - NYC / April 1-2, 2017
As part of the art collective, The YEA Girls, I participated as a vendor at the Museum of Comic & Cartooning Arts Festival selling fine art prints, artist bound books, mini comics, and sticker packs.
Pasadena, CA / September - October 2016
Exhibited a 3 mini-painting triptych, each painting being 5x5 inches framed. Watercolor, gouache, metallic acrylic, & colored pencils.
Incursion - Enter Into A Space Uknown
Orlando, FL / January - February 2013
Exhibited a series of 7 gallery paintings. Watercolor & gouache.
Senior Illustration Show
Sarasota, FL / May 2012
Exhibited a collections of 12 paintings, a 32-page picture book dummy, and dog house installation. Watercolor, colored pencils & graphite pencils.
American Heart Association Charity Show - Go Red for Women
Sarasota, FL / February 2010
Exhibited 1 painting, "Heart of Gold". Pastel, colored pencil, watercolor. Sold.
A Day in a Life Student Show
Basch and Smith Galleries, Sarasota, FL. Saint Lucas University College of Art & Design, Antwerp, Belgium
Exhibited 1 painting, "Day in a Life of Erica De Chavez". Pastel, watercolor, colored pencil & acrylic.