Art Director – Designer - Illustrator                                          

                                                                                                                                            

 

         WORK EXPERIENCE                                                                                                       SKILLS

           

 

1990 - 2018     ART DIRECTOR, DESIGNER:                                                                 ART

                        SETS, COSTUMES, PROPS,                                                                  Drawing, painting, faux finishes digital art, Graphics and       

                        CONCEPT ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR                                                         teaching; commercial art, painting costume design for illustration and

                        YAKOVETIC PRODUCTIONS                                                                  theatre arts.

                                                                                                                                        

 2017              ART DIRECTOR                                                                                      

                         ITEC Entertainment, FL                                                                                                     

   

2004 - 2005     ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER                                                                   TECHNOLOGY

                        Innoventions; DISNEYLAND                                                                     Mac: Adobe Creative Suit with an emphasis on Photoshop. 

                                                                                                                                          Some experience with Illustrator and In-design.

1986 - 2005     ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER                                                                    Proficient with Wacom Tablet, Wacom Cintiq and MS Word                                      

                         DISNEY STORES,                                                                                        

                         TRADER JOE’S                                                                                     KNOWLEDGE

                          MARANATHA! MUSIC                                                                          20 years experience designing experience-based attractions

                                                                                                                                        for world-class theme parks designing and fabricating exhibits,

1998 – 2005    COSTUME, PROP                                                                                  events, set/scenery, environments and retail.

                        ATTRACTION DESIGN &                                                                       20 years production design and field experience based                                                                                                                                                                                   on Disney and Universal creative standards.

                        CONCEPT ART                                                                                      Ability to communicate complex artistic ideas through combination

                        WALT DISNEY CO.                                                                                of written and visual and materials. In depth knowledge of color theory,

                        FELD ENTERTAINMENT                                                                       art history, scenic painting techniques, sculpture, architecture,

                        RENAISSANCE ENTERTAINMENT                                                      perspective, theatrical lighting  techniques and storytelling.

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                        

1992 – 2013    BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS,                                                                       

                        HARD LINES ART                                                                                 

                        DISNEY PUBLISHING, GOLDEN BOOKS,                                           

                        TORR PUBLISHING, HARCOURT BRACE                                           

                        PUBLISHING                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

          

      AWARDS & HONORS

 

-  Outstanding Contribution to the Arts – CYPRESS RECREATION & COMMUNITY   SERVICES COMMISSION

                                                                     

-  Community service – AMERICAN LEGION AWARD OF HONOR

-  Theatre Fellowship Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

                                  – CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON

-  DRAMALOGUE, ROBBY AWARD & MADDI AWARD – (1) Costume  (4) Set Design

 

                                                                                                                                        

       EDUCATION

 

1971 – 1998     BACHELORS OF ARTS:  ILLUSTRATION, COSTUMING, FINE ART,  SCREENWRITING at CSUF with 3.30 GPA 

                        

 

LIFETIME TEACHING CREDENTIAL – ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT         

           Community College, Adult Education

            Theater Production, Painting and Commercial Art

 

        EXPERIENCES

  • Develop visual design direction and define design elements of the assigned project that affect the guest experience. Accomplished with many different methods, including, but not limited to; creating sketches, illustrations, models, composite imagery and image research documentation. Supervise others to develop those design ideas.

  • Oversee and direct design, fabrication and installation of all on-stage project elements to ensure the creative intent is achieved as envisioned by the Creative Director. Project elements such as – architecture, scenic art, scenery, props, animation, show action, special FX, and lighting.

  • Collaborate with internal talent and external vendors to execute the desired vision. Direct art related vendors and any scenic scope that requires art direction.

  • In collaboration with the Creative Director, act as design ‘vision-keeper’ for the project, maintaining a cohesive design in all elements associated with the project through all phases of design and development.

  • Create and present project materials to internal and external audiences to communicate project concept, content and status.

  • Work with the Show Producer to identify and procure talent and resources necessary complete the project.

  • Act as project liaison with internal and external partners, licensors, and intellectual property developers as needed.

 

                     

CLIENTS:

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY –(Disney Stores, Disneyland, Imagineering) Burbank, Anaheim

ITEC ENTERTAINMENT – Orlando, FL

MARANATHA! MUSIC – Costa Mesa, CA

LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – La Mirada, CA

CYPRESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

NBC Television – Burbank, CA

MGM Studios – Culver City, CA

THE MAGIC CASTLE - Hollywood, CA

DREAMWORKS – Los Angeles, CA

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS – Universal City, CA

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL PRODUCTIONS – New York, NY

RIDE AND SHOW ENGINEERING –  San Dimas, CA

RENAISSANCE ENTERTAINMENT – Orlando, FL

LEAP FROG TOYS – Racine, Il

AMERICAN RED CROSS – Washington D.C.

TRADER JOE'S - Cypress, CA

 

The Walt Disney Company

DUTIES:

• Effectively managed a creative team comprised of different companies, to build the Disneyland attraction; “Say ‘Hello!’

   to Honda’s ASIMO” for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. As art director, I designed the theater, graphics that wrapped

   the theater, the set, props, and art directed video clips for stage show and designed posters and banners, coordinated

   production within a very tight deadline. Working knowledge of construction and material usage.

• Designed the railings and colonnade with Disney characters surrounding the “Partners” statue in Disneyland’s Hub.

• Art Directed/designed multiple Interactive attractions for Disneyland and WDS Innoventions, overseeing construction   

    and fabrication for each attraction. (Finding Nemo, Haunted Mansion and TRON)

• Art Directed Award Winning Animated windows for the Disney Stores.  Overseeing construction, fabrication and installation.

• Exercised leadership in managing, scheduling and coordinating a team of artists to produce 24 completed books in

   one year, ensuring character and design consistency and integrity.

• Successfully managed art direction for over half of an 18 book series, “Disney’s Storytime Treasures Library.”

   Effectively working from concept development through final art execution.

• Launched Disney’s most successful book series; “The Little Mermaid Treasure Chest.”

• Translated the Disney movie experience through compelling storybook designs and layouts.

• Art Directed over 60 Disney and PIXAR books. Job included interviewing and hiring artists.

 

ITEC Entertainment

DUTIES:

• Art Directed and effectively managed a creative team comprised of eight show designers for a proposed theme park in   

   China.

• Demonstrated a working knowledge of construction and material usage.

• Successfully managed art direction to design five separate theme park attractions. Effectively working from early

   concept development through final art execution.

 

 

Marantha! Music – Art Director, Product development, Illustrator, Marketing and Advertising

DUTIES:

• Exercised leadership in managing, scheduling and coordinating a team of artists to produce the 7 record album series,

   “Sleepy Time Helper,” ensuring character and design consistency and integrity.

• Art Directed and Spear headed translating the “Kids Praise” albums into a “theme park” atmosphere for a successful

   trade show event, creating greater brand exposure.

• Created the characters and established the style for successful children’s record series: “Colby” and “Nannybird.” 

   Established character and background designs that translated into live performance costumed characters and sets.

• Successfully redesigned characters and branding for “Kids Praise” series by making the characters more ‘Kid friendly’,

   giving them more expressive faces, adding gloved hands and appropriate footwear, establishing this series as the top

   seller in the Christian Children’s market.

• Suggested printing CD’s for children’s product line when only adult music was in CD form.

 

Cypress Community College

DUTIES:

• Launched a totally new and successful Summer Theater Workshop a special program coordinating classes in acting,

   voice, dance, tech and production for six weeks culminating in a full scale stage production with the students taking the

   workshop.

• Scheduled and budgeted six week workshop.

• Taught production classes on costuming, choreography and acting

• Brought in guest celebrity talent to discuss: acting; Janet Leigh, costuming; Walter Plunkett and choreography; Miriam  

   Nelson.

• Art Directed entire production, including set and costume designs.

• Hired teaching staff to conduct workshop

• Art Directed and coordinated collateral material including publicity, programs and program advertisement.

 

NBC Television

DUTIES:

• Consistently demonstrated excellent drawing and conceptualization skills with an understanding of form, composition,

   and attention to detail, with quick and accurate courtroom sketches for News programming.

• Proved ability to develop inventive ideas with a sense of entertainment and humor.

• Gifted with exceptional ability to adapt to established styles dictated by Art Directors, taking their direction and

   embrace any and all changes.

• Performed hand drawing skills by sketching political cartoons live on camera and as courtroom sketch artist.

 

American Red Cross

DUTIES:

• Art Directed and launched a totally new and successful activity/picture book, “Waddles presents Aquacktic Safety” for kids. Created and developed story, characters, props, backgrounds, logo and style for a book that sold over 9 million copies in five languages. Art Directed proposed video production based on the book.

 

Leap Frog Toys

DUTIES:

• As Art Director hired, managed, scheduled and coordinated a team of artists to produce 15 completed

   books, ensuring character and design consistency and integrity.

• Successfully launched the electronic book series: “Leap Frog Books,” adapting their unique technologies into

   compelling storybooks and toys through traditional and digital formats.

• Spearheaded overall look and feel, effectively establishing the style and branding through layout, pencils digital final

   art for books and promotional material and packaging.

• Redesigned logo for product and collateral material providing a more identifiable and kid friendly product.

 

TRADER JOE'S

DUTIES:

• As Art Director hired, managed, scheduled and coordinated a team of artists to fabricate new store interior design, maintainng consistency and integrity.

• Spearheaded overall look and feel, effectively establishing the style and branding through design and layout of store, including signage.

   art for books and promotional material and packaging.

• Redesigned store interior providing a more identifiable and customer friendly facility.

 

 

 

         AFFILIATIONS

 

La Mirada Symphony – La Mirada, CA

2013 - 2017

• Former board President. Initiated program to introduce new composers by featuring their work as part of the concert

   season.

• Coordinate with La Mirada Theatre, art directing special exhibitions in theatre lobby.

 

Norwalk Public Arts Placement Commission – Norwalk, CA

2012 - 2018

• Recruited artists to design, fabricate and install new art to be featured in the city.

• Conceptualized and Art Directed the “Freedom Memorial” at Norwalk City Hall, dedicated Memorial Day, 2017.

 

The Professional Dancers Society – Beverly Hills, CA

2003 – Present

• Managed and art direct show, hired rental companies to provide set pieces, and coordinated installation of award

   show.

• Board Member 4 years helped to support the Actors Fund and retired dancers.

 

SHARE Inc. – Beverly Hills, CA

1974 - Present

• Art directed and managed creative teams to fabricate and install décor for annual “Boomtown” fundraising event. 

• Helped to raise millions of dollars benefiting special needs children and adults.

• Performed on stage in “Boomtown” event.

• Art Directed and Designed: collateral materials including: programs, invitations, Save the date mailers and annual Day

   by Day planner.

• Branded show theme, coordinating with catering, rental companies, printer and joining various departments for a   

   cohesive look.