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Dwayne Lester  
Visionary, resourceful Senior Designer/Illustrator/Art Director/Creative Director with specialty expertise in corporate and governmental settings and proven success in innovating graphic design, illustration, photography, and production solutions on time and under budget. Respected leader of diverse, cross-functional teams and highly regarded as a key resource, critical thinker, and out-of-the-box problem solver by senior executives. I am a unique individual/person that has been able to do a myriad of jobs and excel at them all. A polymath: painter, illustrator, musician, photography, writer, etc, with the ability to excel in them all. Backed by solid credentials including AAS in Art for Advertising (concentration in design and illustration), AA in Business Administration with Accounting credentials, advanced Adobe Suites acumen in CS4 and CS5 and Production suites and cross platform expertise (Windows/Macintosh).
Career Progression: 

FEDWRITERS 06/24-Present) 40 hours $70000 yearly. Sr. Graphic Designer (remote)
The purpose of the position is to provide the Office of Acquisition Management (OAM) with visually appealing graphics for reports, presentations, and infographics. This includes providing technical knowledge to develop computer graphics, digital photography, videography, and flash animations. This position requires the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects.
Responsibilities Include:
• Designing and producing graphics in support of training, proposals, and media.
• Providing technical knowledge and expertise in computer graphics, digital
photography, videography, and flash animations.
• Designing and developing multimedia applications, systems and products
involving computer graphics and interactive computing, such as computer-based
systems for personal computers or CD-ROM applications.
• Incorporating software applications in multiple technology media systems, such
as graphics, animations, text, and sound.
• Contributing to the development of new concepts, techniques, and standards.
• Preparing slide presentations in Google Slides.
• Producing recurring electronic newsletters.
• Composing visually appealing training course materials.

Rasmussen College Adjunct Instructor (06/2020-10/2020) Teaching fundamental elements and principles of graphic design and web design implementing the creation of basic compositions and web design techniques. Teaching concepts such as contrast, rhythm, and balance, while additional vector and graphic techniques are explored.

Primarily responsible for communicating with students and supervising
Deans or other College staff related to teaching and learning. Expected to:

Communicate both verbally and in writing with students in regards to
feedback on student performance on a consistent basis throughout the
course and as required by the Faculty Expectations Be available for students via phone, email and for individual appointments as needed for questions and academic assistance as determined and outlined in the Faculty Expectations

Use of effective teaching strategies and multiple teaching techniques; teaching and modeling appropriate level learning skills and creating an environment conducive to learning

Creating high levels of student engagement through activities, community building, and student-centered learning including the use of live classroom tools to hold synchronous learning sessions with students

Clarity, relevance, and connection of class session objectives to course performance objectives

Organized classroom and efficient use of class time

Dwayne Lester Art. Owner/Creative Director 02/1983-present As owner/creative director/illustrator a number of projects have come to asuccessful conclusion, concepts through finished art. I reconstructed graphical artifacts, specimens or materials that had been damaged, distorted or altered, with Adobe suites CS4/5/6 AND CC, corel draw and quarkxpress and other desktop publishing programs, along with adobe production suites which includes after effects, premier pro, sound Etc. Also met with clients to learn the objectives of projects and then proceeded to graphically design, and illustrate to meet those customers needs. And lastly I  applied knowledge of visual arts methods, techniques and materials to depict Designed visual depictions utilizing 2D and 3D computer-aided animation software and design techniques.

Conducted research of materials and latest technologies in the multi-media industry and community to enable the production of high quality graphics. Executed the dissemination of finished projects/products utilizing printing on demand capabilities within current digital industry standards. Design and produce functionality for e-books, e-magazine using iBooks Author to ensure applications are working properly.

US  Census Bureau, NY
01/2019 - 10/2019
Responsible for creating visual materials and products covering a broad range of subject matter for census field operations. Ensures that products and materials are developed to support the census effort to gain support. Produces products that may include pictures for exhibits, and informational booth backdrops; creating models, murals, or electronic documents or devises to permit viewers to access desired information electronically or via the Internet. Creates, produces, and provides materials and products to promote partnership support for the Decennial Census with tribal/state/local governments, community-based organizations, and faith based organizations.

Defense Information Systems Agency - Laurel, MD 
Multimedia Specialist/Illustrator - 12/2010 - 11/2018) 
Advise and assist on all Visual Information processes to include graphics,
photographic desktop publication and video documentation editing and
production, which includes: printing (XEROX 800, KODAK M700, DOCUCOLOR,
Gravograph, Matt Pro CMC-ix 150 mat cutter, Morgana Digifold, Comb bind
GBC, C800 pro, MP2000w3 Sire bind GBC, NORITSU M300 Photo
Printer and RIMAGE 8100N DVD Producer) I assist with directing and evaluating
studies of video and computer graphic systems. Performs a variety of difficult
assignments in color and black and white in field recording situations as well as
local DISA offices and also recommends to customers of photographic, graphic
and illustration services regarding capabilities and limitations of services and
suggestions concerning best means and methods of obtaining the desired
results. Sets up lights, reflectors and cameras, adjust lens, arranges background,
etc. Prepares appropriate captions or descriptive notes to accompany
photographs. All graphic procedures which are production related, including,
design, illustration, matting and framing, etching, business cards etc. (Brochures,
annual reports, signage, printing and binding and folding.

Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) - Homestead, FL 
Visual Information Specialist (expert) - 01/2010 - 12/2010 (Promoted) 
Served as the Visual Information expert who developed, coordinated and implemented visual information program in support of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) and the PAO. Planned designed, completed and presented intranet/visual information projects, primarily in the form of printed publications, computer-aided presentations and web pages aimed at communication to communities, in both internal and external audiences, Employed a wide range of subject matter expertise, artistic skill, design ability, and communication skills in the execution of visual information projects. Planned, directed, and edited complex live, taped and filmed productions that supported
various requirements of the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH)
PAO and the Commanding General. Performed videotape presentations,
videotape assignments and provided technical assistance when needed.
Operated a variety of specialized cameras including still cameras and digital
imaging cameras and video cameras. Second highest civilian honor in the federal service. (Joint Civilian Meritorious Service Award and Medal)


• Adobe Suites and Production Suites CS3 through 2021 • Project Management • Budgeting  • Traditional Illustration • Concepts • Storyboards • Comps • High Powered Presentation • Leadership and Supervision • Creative Problem Solving 

Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester NH/ BA - 10/2018 (GPA 2.9)
Concentration in Graphic Arts

Macomb Community College Warren, MI  /AAS - 08/2008 (Cum Laude) 3.3 
Concentration in Art for Advertising 

Affiliations: AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) 
                 elected member Society of Illustrators New York and Los Angeles
                 USPS First issue Stamp Artist.
Dwayne Lester
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Illustration, Art Direction
Advertising, Publishing
POST DATE: 09.16.2023
Myrtle Beach , SC
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