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JD Sestito  
Concept Artist
 
Since I was a child and could hold a pencil in my hand, I was drawing, and as I got older I combined that love with the love of action heroes. On my collection of figurines, I would draw miniature tattoos on the arms of my GI Joes. I kept drawing through high school, and after graduating I entered Gibbs College in Norwalk, CT, graduating with a degree in Visual Communication. The driving force behind my drawings is a love of creativity and the development of unique super heroes, super villains and everything in between. Some I even based on friends. I approach each character with this in mind...a special character must come from a clever idea, one no one has seen before.

All artwork shown is the property of JD Sestito, uploaded June, 2019. Some of rights to the concepts/artwork are available for purchase by calling JD Sestito at 203.994.9599 to discuss.
Resume
JOSEPH “JD” SESTITO 

FREELANCE CONCEPT ARTIST - Present

PHOTO RETOUCHER / PHOTO ARCHIVIST  
Versatile, skilled, and motivated Digital Retoucher and Photo Archivist with over 6 years of experience providing expert services for high profile sports entertainment company. Meticulous eye for detail, with an expert aesthetic for color and composition. History of delivering professional and seamless retouching on a variety of corporate projects. Catalog, organize and archive thousands of images to become searchable through internal search engines. Excel in fast-paced studio environment to strict deadlines.

Solid success in Digital Manipulation, Color Correction, Close Cropping, Image Treatments, Resizing & Optimization, Filters, Layers & Masks. Intuitively adapt to new technology and innovative processes while ensuring compliance with corporate standards. Strong advocate for positive change, overall performance excellence, continuous quality improvement and self-motivation.  

AREAS OF EMPHASIS
• High level of Creativity  • Excellent Project Management • Cutting-edge Photo Retouching • Scanning, Digitization and Archiving art • Troubleshooting & Resolution • Developing Relationships with partners   

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 
ASSOCIATE PHOTO ARCHIVIST / ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR, 4/2009 to 3/2017 
WWE – WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT – Stamford, Connecticut Efficiently lead and administer retouching and image archiving in support of ongoing marketing, merchandising and ecommerce programs for worldwide sports entertainment company Plan, research, edit, and secure photographs for publication on the WWE website, social and other media. Professionally edit large quantities of images including image galleries, web page imagery, and composite images on a daily basis. Provide support to event coverage and photo projects for WWE. Review images to confirm technical specifications for publication and to confirm accurate caption and credit information. Scan, digitize and organize archived slides, negatives and prints. Input metadata of each image to become searchable through internal search engines. Schedule photo shoots, and provide reference images to third party licensees  and ensure authenticity. Monitor developmental talent and schedule photo shoots when needed. Develop relationships with outside companies. (NBC, Mattel, 2K Games, etc.) Ensure compliance with and implement corporate standards.   

Selected Achievements: 
• Worked with Mattel Toys on verifying the authenticity of the Action Figure Lines, including all approvals from concept stage to final product • Worked along with THQ and 2k Games on the WWE2k Franchise Series • Worked with DK Publishing on numerous book projects including WWE Encyclopedia 1 and 2, 30 Years of Wrestlemania, and various mini books • After initially interning with the company, was hired as Assistant Photo Editor and promoted to Associate Photo Archivist 2 years after hire date

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND  
Received degree in Visual Communication (2009) Gibbs College, Norwalk, Connecticut
JD Sestito
Seeking
Off-site, Freelance/contract
Experience
Mid-level
Skills
Creative Direction, Design
Industry
Print, Publishing
POST DATE: 07.04.2019
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Bethel, CT
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