Summary

Results driven, self-motivated and resourceful Freelance Art Director with over 10+ years experience with an ability to successfully translate desired moods, messages, concepts, and underdeveloped ideas into imagery.  Experience working in and contributing to a creative environment alongside designers, photographers, copywriters, content strategists and interactive developers.  Possessing an ability to see the big picture and continually develop new and inspiring approaches to a brief.   

Specialist in concept development and large mass-media campaigns including tv, print, email, photography, media, and web.  Experience with creating relevant relationships with consumers and the brands that are represented.  Able to inspire, mentor, and motivate creative and strategic teams to deliver award-winning work under tight budgets and deadlines. Skilled in hiring, training, supervising and mentoring talents.

Currently looking for a new and challenging position, one which will make the best use of my existing skills and experience to further my personal and professional development.


Career Highlights

CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR
3reative Digital. Austin, TX
2000 – Present

Effectively lead and develop creative design campaigns in support of ongoing advertising and marketing programs.  Coordinate and lead designers, photographers, and staff on purchases and administrative functions.

  • Direct all areas of creative development in design, photography, print, web, and multi-media.
  • Establish creative direction and execution of budgets and all managerial duties.
  • Define the overall marketing message and persona through strategic planning and content development. 
  • Manage client budgets, contracts, and teams including outsourced contractors.
  • Generate communication styles and user experience for global promotions and social media campaigns.
  • Improve client culture and quality standards while influencing the overall financial growth of the organization.
  • Present work internally and articulately sell work through the client.
  • Translate ideas into actionable plans, reviewing work and providing direction to production teams.
  • Participate in agency initiatives, training and follow agency process to complete projects.
  • Manage multiple projects of varying sizes and budgets from concepts through completion.

 


 

FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR
Renegade Productions. Hunt Valley, MD.
2016 – 2016

Developed, produced, and managed high-quality beauty brand images for a global multi-million dollar client in a fast-paced environment.   

  • Developed the overall creative direction of the client campaign.
  • Produced and designed the photography and marketing assets of the client’s global message.
  • Managed all production budgets, while coordinating operations of the daily studio schedule.
  • Hired and supervised department staff, talent, stylists, and teams of aesthetic professionals.
  • Implemented the advertisement and marketing strategies for the clients brand recognition.
  • Improved the business gross profit by $900K, while producing differentiation from its competitors. 

 


 

ART DIRECTOR
Athens Entertainment Group.  Athens, GA.
2013 – 2017

Create and supervise presentations and project plans to ensure successful representation of clients’ brands, including sophisticated print media, website design, visual communication, and interactive campaigns.

  • Developed the overall message and visibility of the brand, while increasing its profit margins by 89%.
  • Improved the media and marketing strategy increasing the clients overall brand recognition.
  • Strengthened the brand message through print materials, imagery, brochure, posters and logo designs.
  • Researched & developed various business product designs and marketing implementation.
  • Utilize extensive knowledge of Mac and PC creative software packages to complete projects.
  • Built, designed, updated and maintained Print materials, websites, and social media messages.

 


 

FREELANCE TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATOR
Mosaic Learning, Columbia, MD.
2015 – 2015

Provide technical illustrations and support to the engineering and development department for technical manuals, specification sheets, parts manuals, etc.  Provided drafting support and illustrations as needed.

  • Rendered illustrations and technical drawings of manufactured HVAC products. 
  • Illustrated work from operational manuals, sketches, blueprints, or reference materials.
  • Ensured that all deliverables met internal and external customer technical requirements and file formats.
  • Generated final illustration and/or technical drawings using computer graphic software.
  • Applied compliance with commercial, government and organizational standards to produce graphics. 
  • Assisted in the review of end products and integration tasks.

 


 

FREELANCE DESIGN INSTRUCTOR
EEI Communications.  Columbia, MD.
2010 – 2012

Employ effective teaching practices coupled with the development and use of appropriate educational materials, delivery of strategies, and effective assessment practices.

  • Instructed students in digital design fundamentals and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite Software.
  • Established clear objectives, lessons, units, and projects while communicating objectives to students.
  • Demonstrated principles, techniques, and etiquette to a classroom of 12- 30 adult students.
  • Supported student learning with timely and on-going feedback on progress and provide assistance.
  • Planned, developed, and used a variety of teaching methods and materials to assist students.
  • Kept accurate student records and submitted related reports and forms within requested timelines.

Education

Master of Arts Media and Design
Full Sail University.  Winter Park, FL.
Graduated 2016 (Honors) Course, Directors Award

 

Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Media, Film, and Digital Design
Towson University, Towson, MD.
Graduated 2015


Skillset

HTML, CSS, WordPress, Responsive Design
Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, XD
Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D (basic), Nuke (basic)
MS Office, Windows, Keynote, PowerPoint
MacOS (Preferred), OSX, Windows, CompTIA A+, MCSE


Awards

World Music Independent Short Film Festival – 2016
Glen Arm Graphic Designer Awards – 2015 & 2016
Veteran Small Business Association Award – 2013
Creative Photographers Exhibit – 2011
Maryland Arts Creative Awards – 2011
Creative Arts Finalist – 2010
Photographers Forum Finalist – 2009
Ujena Master Photographer Award – 2007
E-Creative Designer & Photographer Award – 2007
Japanese Martial Arts Master Association – 2000
Black Belt Hall Of Fame – 1991


Publications

Cilium Magazine                      Creative Arts Magazine                  Nun The Awakening Graphic Novel
Avant Garde Magazine            Ces’t Moi Magazine                        Rubber & Lace Magazine
Street Rockets Magazine        Ujena Swimwear Magazine            Salyse Magazine
Born To Ride Magazine           Couture Magazine                         Unique Japan
Bling Magazine                        Fresh Paint Magazine                    eCreative Magazine