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Stu Kilgour  
Illustrator/Production Art/Design
Very strong in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, yet with remarkable freehand skills. All of my clients are extremely satisfied with the process and finished product. Responsible nature. Over 12+ Years of experience in the field. VERY easy to get along with. Team player.
*17+ years experience in graphics field.
*Graphics software proficiency: Illustrator, Photoshop
*Experience in commercial illustration, product art, production art, web and print graphics, cut die design, rubber stamp design, stencil art, storyboards, logo design, greeting cards, t-shirt art, photo enhancement/processing.
*Able to catch vision for client needs and turn abstract, often vague client needs and vision into tangible printed art that exceeds expectation.
*Excellent and rare freehand skills.
*Can work quickly while maintaining quality.

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Huntington Beach, Ca (May 1996 to June 2005)
Responsibilities and accomplishments – 
*Created storyboard art for Martin Brinkerhoff & Assoc, an advertising and production agency in Santa Ana, Ca. Illustrated from a script. Required eye for dynamic camera angles and storytelling abilities.
*Created greeting card art to spec for Dayspring Cards in Arkansas, a sister company of Hallmark. Worked closely and easily with their art director to get desired look.
*Created logos for a variety of companies including the National Research Exchange, Reedpoint Group Inc, Estero Plumming and Remodeling, Sizzix, Susan Michelle Compass, and others.
*Created designs for Steel My Heart, a fledgling metal wrist band company in Huntington Beach, Ca. Designs had to be hip and sleek.
*Created Flash ready graphics and print images for SMS, a marketing agency in Santa Ana, Ca. 
*Created coloring book images for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Huntington Beach, Ca. Images appeared online for kids to print and color.
*Created ad graphics for 31IS, an advertising and marketing company in Fullerton, Ca. Projects included an ad image for Fullerton street fair, a train icon for a learn-to-read drive for kids, and others.
*Created artwork for vinyl sticker for Dan the Sticker Man, a silkscreen business in Huntington Beach, CA. Clients through DSM included Robert August Surfboards.

MOB Media, Lake Forrest, Ca (June 2001 to April 2003) - Advertising and marketing agency?
Title - Illustrator/graphic designer?
Responsibilities and accomplishments – 
*Updating Brochures in Quark. Text formatting, spacing and arrangement. Image processing and archiving. Communication with clients for information updates and confirmation.
*Illustrated storyboards for online animated ads and promotional material.
*Created web graphics in Illustrator for web ads and web animation.
*Created magazine ads in Quark to client specifications.
*Created logos for corporate identity of MOB clients.
*Brainstormed and wrote scripts for radio spots. Team project, accomplished with creativity and fun (even did some voice work).
*Created art for company shirts.
*I continue a fantastic working relationship with MOB Media, inc, freelancing with them now and then. Some of the people are still my best friends - we communicate daily.

Ellison/Sizzix, Lake Forrest, Ca (Oct 2004 to Oct 2009 - as independent contractor Oct 2009 to present) – Scrapbook and Educational Supply Company
Title - Illustrator/Designer/Production Artist
Responsibilities and accomplishments – 
*Designing hundreds of cut dies, alphabets, stencils, rub-ons and rubber stamps, requiring ability to be creative within a myriad of product specs.
*Oversaw relationship with outside vendor in the production of rubber stamps and rub-ons. Gathering design specifications and making sure our files were production ready.
*Worked with R&D Dept to come up with standardized specs for creation of products.
*Worked on the development of the eClips cutter and the hundreds of designs that go with that product, including overseeing the finalizing of the design files for production.
*Worked with R&D and Softserve, an overseas software company, to develop a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator to facilitate the conversion of design files to files that can be used in the eClips cutter.
*Created the logo for the Sizzix e-cutter (e-Clips).
*Created Sizzix’s new logo in 2006.
*Breaking down artist’s scanned images and converting them to various formats.
*Maintaining excellent rapport with Art Directors and department heads. Turned intangible ideas into reality on every project.
*Training new artists and designers. Creating art for cut dies, stencils, etc., within production parameters is complex and requires a complete understanding. I make sure that new artists understand these parameters.
*I have become so valuable to Ellison that I continue to contract for them on a daily basis even after my move to TN in 2009. Some of the people are still my best friends - we communicate daily.

*Currently working toward degree in Communications, concentration in Entertainment Arts
Stu Kilgour
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Illustration, Design
Industrial/Product, Advertising
POST DATE: 05.06.2016
Murfreesboro, TN
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