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Nicole Novak  
I’m an illus­tra­tor with a bachelor’s degree in illus­tra­tion from one of the top art schools in the coun­try, Rin­gling Col­lege of Art and Design. I have been doing free­lance work since 2008 and also have over two years of pro­fes­sional graphic design expe­ri­ence at an apparel company. I also have production experience in apparel and animation.
I am looking for design work in the apparel industry, or production work in apparel or animation.
Career Sum­mary

Highly cre­ative and mul­ti­tal­ented illus­tra­tion pro­fes­sional with over two years of graphic design, pro­duc­tion and ani­ma­tion expe­ri­ence. Excep­tional col­lab­o­ra­tive and inter­per­sonal skills, dynamic team player with well-developed writ­ten and ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ties. Ana­lyt­i­cal deci­sion maker with excel­lent prob­lem solv­ing skills in a fast paced envi­ron­ment with cus­tomer ser­vice experience.

Pro­fes­sional Experience

Night­wheel Pic­tures                                          San Fran­cisco, CA                                       May 2015-Present

Pro­duc­tion Assistant

Pro­duc­tion Assis­tant for the com­puter ani­mated short La Noria.
“La Noria” is an ani­mated short film written/directed by Car­los Baena and pro­duced by Sasha Korel­lis. The film is cur­rently in production.

Work directly with Pro­ducer and the Pro­duc­tion Man­ager to keep them informed of pro­duc­tion sta­tus, resource needs and sched­ule shifts plus com­mu­ni­cate any poten­tial challenges.
Orga­nize and main­tain project sched­ule and assets for the work of the project.
Work with super­vi­sors and artists to review shots to for­mu­late tasks, assign­ments and due dates.
Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, serve as liai­son between super­vi­sors and artists, track and report progress of work, and man­age artist tasks to stay on schedule.
Attend weekly/daily pro­duc­tion meet­ings to track notes, fol­low ups and action items
Par­tic­i­pate and over­see remote stu­dio and over­seas work as required.
Soft­ware Uti­lized: Shot­gun, Smartsheet, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Wiki, GoTo Meet­ing, Maya 2015, AMP
Boom­bah                                    Yorkville, IL                                                      Sep­tem­ber 2014–June 2015

Graphic Designer (Cre­ative Department)

Cre­ates con­cepts and designs for apparel and sig­nage and other tasks and duties assigned by management.
Abil­ity to fol­low required specs for size place­ment and other standards
Cre­ates mock­ups of prod­uct for cus­tomer approval.
Demon­strates abil­ity to archive images and files in accor­dance with com­pany best prac­tices for later retrieval.
Orga­nize and main­tain design queue. List who is work­ing on what mockup, where in pro­duc­tion it is, how many total mock­ups each artist has.
Work with artists and super­vi­sors to review tasks, assign­ments and due dates
Track and report artists progress and tasks
Attend weekly meet­ing regard­ing production
Work directly with super­vi­sor to keep informed of pro­duc­tion sta­tus and poten­tial issues
Proven in project man­age­ment in mockups
Boom­bah                                    Yorkville, IL                                                      Jan­u­ary 2013–September 2014

Graphic Artist (Pro­duc­tion Department)

Abil­ity in a wide vari­ety of tasks includ­ing every­day pro­duc­tion art, cus­tom illus­tra­tion and design for clients, apparel design, cus­tom pre­sen­ta­tions, tem­plate design, cus­tomer ser­vice, set­ting files up for print.
Abil­ity to pro­duce high qual­ity art­work very accu­rately in a fast paced, cre­ative environment
Demon­strate excel­lent ver­bal and writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills inter­act­ing with cus­tomers and var­i­ous inter­nal departments.
Excel­lent prob­lem solv­ing and deci­sion mak­ing skills
Demon­strated tech­ni­cal abil­ity and cre­ativ­ity used with Adobe Cre­ative Suite (Illus­tra­tor, Pho­to­shop, In Design), Microsoft Office and Mac OSX
Abil­ity to man­age mul­ti­ple tasks and work well under pressure
Demon­strated adapt­abil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity skills in car­ry­ing out var­i­ous work assignments
Self-disciplined and self-managed to achieve a high level of performance
Nik­ki­Cat Art                                                      Lake Villa, IL                                      May 2008 –Present

Free­lance Artist

Self-motivated to deliver excel­lent ser­vice with web­site design, busi­ness card design, cus­tom murals for children’s rooms, pet por­traits and other illus­tra­tions. Use Adobe Pho­to­shop and tra­di­tional art skills.
Par­tic­i­pated in local Art and Craft shows. Proven expe­ri­ence with set-up, appli­ca­tions and pric­ing. Demon­strated adapt­abil­ity and creativity.
Abil­ity to man­age invoices, self-promotion and meet­ing clients needs. Abil­ity to man­age mul­ti­ple tasks and work well under tight dead­lines. Reli­able and adaptable.

Rin­gling Col­lege of Art and Design,                                                                                          Sara­sota, FL

Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts with Hon­ors in Illus­tra­tion 2010
Addi­tional classes in film, 3D ani­ma­tion, 2D ani­ma­tion, graphic design, web design, mod­el­ing, rig­ging, visual devel­op­ment, sto­ry­board­ing and children’s books.
Com­puter & Art Skills/Techniques

Rep­re­sen­ta­tional fig­ure, ani­mal and object painting/drawing and illus­tra­tion. Expe­ri­ence in design, graphic design, ani­ma­tion, visual devel­op­ment, web design, film, direct­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and children’s books. Addi­tional capa­bil­i­ties in sculp­ture and ceram­ics. Knowl­edge of social media plat­forms Twit­ter, Face­book, Tum­blr, LinkedIn, etc.
Skilled with dry and wet media and tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal medias.
Two years expe­ri­ence in tra­di­tional and 3D animation/modeling
Able to use Mac and PC plat­forms. Use of lap­top, desk­top, tablet and mobile devices. Able to use Wacom intuos and Cin­tiq. Well versed in Adobe Pho­to­shop, Illus­tra­tor, InDe­sign, Dreamweaver, Word­Press, Pre­miere, Corel Painter, Sketch­book Pro, Manga Stu­dio, Art Rage, Maya, Google SketchUp, Google Docs, iWorks Suite, Skype, Shot­gun and MS office. Basic knowl­edge of many com­mon pro­grams and com­puter problems.
Recog­ni­tion — Awards — Internships

Fea­tured in Ringling’s 2008 Illust of Ill juried show.
On President’s List Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.
Com­pleted the Dis­ney Col­lege Pro­gram Internship
Com­pleted Char­ac­ter Deign Men­tor­ship with Anthony Jones
Final­ist for Moti­varti Men­tor­ship Program
Nicole Novak
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Illustration, Design
Print, Film/Video
POST DATE: 10.27.2009
Yorkville, IL
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