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Senior Creative Director/Artist with expert level  experience in branding, strategic design and creative leadership for a diverse clientele encompassing fashion, entertainment, education and publishing. Experience leading and inspiring teams comprised of both in-house and freelance artist. Have workedon over 100 licensed brands through a lucrative career, exceeding $15M/yr in sales. Proven History of
leveraging design competency to exceed business objectives, excite consumers and grow iconic brands.

Creative Direction • Design Strategy • Branding/Logos • Typography

Digital Illustration • Graphic Design • Fashion Branding • Private Label

Trend Development • Packaging • Web Animation • Adobe Creative Suite

Professional Experience

 

Freelance Art Director/Illustrator/Graphic Designer 1990 - present

Called upon to design and illustrate a varied range of creative and visually captivating promotions for CD’s, books, magazines, fashion (men), brochures and banners.

   

Clients have included: Timberland, Phatfarm, Russell Athletics, Wilson, Wimbledon, Spalding, Scarface, Starwars, Sesame St., WWF, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Looney Tunes, Disney, Warner Brothers (DC Comics), Marvel, Cartoon Network, Sponge Bob, G.I. Joe, TNMT, King Features, SNL,MLB, NFL, Swamp People, Intrepid Museum.

Successful programs have been featured and sold at major retailers including: Target, Hot Topic, Old Navy, Pac Sun, Wal-mart, Urban Outfitters, Kohls, Spencer’s Gifts and JC Penny.

 

Lead Graphic Artist

Briefly Stated /Global Brands Group, New York, NY • 2012 – present

Responsible for creating original designs utilizing and embellishing upon style guide art from the leading licenses for men’s, junior’s and boy’s sleep apparel. Developed top selling union suits (licensed & generic), sets, boxers, boxer briefs and lounge pants sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s. Trend research and developing fashion groups. Mentoring and guiding art staff in design technique and execution, thus elevating the level of design and product above our competitors. Providing support for the production team by solving printing issues and delivering flawless spot screen separations.  Designed and illustrated packaging from concept to fruition.

Major Licenses: Warner Brothers (DC Comics, Looney Tunes) • Disney (Star Wars, Marvel, Mickey Mouse) • Fox (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, The Simpsons, Family Guy)  • Family Guy • The Simpsons • Cartoon Network • Sponge Bob  • G.I. Joe 

 

Principal Lead Graphic Designer- Men’s Sports Apparel

Isaac Morris LTD, New York, NY • 2011– 2012

Responsible for creating licensed graphics for men’s sports apparel. Providing design solutions for strict license guide lines. Mentoring of art staff, and leading in design development and direction. Working directly with sales and merchandising in developing trend based fashion presentations. Building a substantial library of designs to stay ahead of demand, and provide sales team with ample selections.  Style bodies included swim trunks, windbreakers, sweat suits, tank tops and athletic shorts.

Major Licenses: Warner Brothers (DC Comics, Looney Tunes) • Disney (Star Wars, Marvel) Donkey Kong/Mario Brothers • Pokémon • Sonic Hedge Hog • Swamp People

 

Lead Graphic Artist

Changes, Glendale, NY • 2007 – 2010

Rendered highly detailed, trend setting graphics & illustrations for men’s licensed tee shirts and bomber jackets.

Major Licenses: Warner Brothers (DC Comics, Looney Tunes) • Disney (Star Wars, Marvel) Scarface • Chucky Child’s Play • Sesame St. • King Features

 

Art Director, Principal Creator/Graphic Artist

MP Sportswear Inc.  Carlstadt, NJ • 1999 – 2007

Created the flagship independent tee shirt brand GIVEMEFACE™ (GMF), which grossed over $6M during an 8 year run. Produced over 400 original designs featuring dynamic imagery and utilizing specialty inks. Developed branding, sales strategy and brochures. Designed and maintained website and internate sales. Created signage and banners for trade shows. Presented brand at The MAGIC Trade Show/ Vegas for 8 years. Participated in sales and writing up orders. Managed freelance artist in developing denim program. Produced spot screen separations for all designs and oversaw domestic and overseas production.

 

Key Achievements:

Conducted 10 week Photoshop Workshop under the auspices of Global Brands Group (now Centrics Brands). Covered basic functions as well as specified topics including retouching, separations and special effects.Class size average:15.

• GIVEMEFACE™ clothing line. Successful eight-year run in urban street wear, domestic and overseas.

• Principal Illustrator and freelance Art director for the CHUMP™ brand for five years. Sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.

• Have produced designs for over 100 licensed properties throughout a lucrative freelance career.

 

Technical Proficiency

Adobe Creative Suite /Mac Platform:

Photoshop • Illustrator • Indesign  • After Effects • Flash • Acrobat

 

Personal

Aside from living and breathing art, I enjoy family, basketball, swimming, motorcycles and skiing – when I can find the time. I see every waking day as a good day, and another chance to get it right.