Resume

Tom Wrenn

Graphic Designer/Artist

2007 Northlake Dr., Sanford, FL 32773  s   (404) 275-1191
tomwrenn.com/pages/portfolio s   linkedin.com/in/tomwrenn   

 

Graphic designer, illustrator, production artist and animator with more than 15 years of freelance and industry experience. Skilled at design, animation and illustration in a variety of media including websites, television, and published materials.

EXPERIENCE

Graphic Designer/Production Artist                                                                                   September 2016 – present

Jaco of America, Longwood, FL

  • Designed artwork for over 100 decals and 40 or more other designs for sublimation products such as drinkware, barware, and t-shirts
  • Prepared for production 3 lines of decals, standard decals, stained glass static window clings, and wall decals
  • Converted hand produced art into vector art using Adobe Illustrator
  • Print Production responsibilities
  • sizing and formatting artwork for all products
  • ordering and maintaining supply of inks, paper, and vinyl
  • Designed catalog/presentation covers
  • Prepared images for catalog using Adobe Photoshop (cropping, color correction, compositing)
  • Consolidated catalog layout which reduced cost and waste
  • Hardware: Roland GS24 plotter/cutter, Roland VG540 decal printer, Roland RT640 sublimation printer
  • Software: Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Indesign CC, Versaworks, Microsoft Office

Art Teacher                                                                                                                         August 2015 – September 2016

Renaissance at Tapestry, Charter Schools USA – Kissimmee, FL

  • Responsible for teaching art to more than 600 students ranging from Kindergarten – 5th grade
  • Interact with parents and take part in parent-teacher conferences to monitor student progress

Web Designer/Animator/Illustrator/Artist                                                                                          2009 – July 2015

Contractor – Atlanta, GA

  • Web Designer/Animator - August House and Story Cove

August House publishes children’s educational stories and multimedia; its subsidiary, Story Cove, focuses on global children’s folk tales.

  • Performed layout, design and administration of HTML email campaigns for Story Cove and August House using Joomla!, Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, HTML, and Dreamweaver
  • Designed and developed both the original and the new Story Cove subscription website using Joomla!, HTML, and Dreamweaver
  • Used SES learning platform according to SES Georgia and Tennessee Dept. of Education standards to develop a Content Management Site using Photoshop, Flash, and Illustrator
  • Worked on several projects using Flash animation, including Flash animation conversions of Story Cove animations for LG televisions using Flash and Sorenson Squeeze
  • Designer/Illustrator – CreateSpace,

CreateSpace is an online, on-demand publishing company.

  • Worked extensively on publishing projects, including illustrating book pages and designing book covers using Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, Corel Painter, and Illustrator
  • All work was done online and all projects were delivered digitally.
  • Website Designer/Illustrator/Animator
    • Developed websites and website animation using Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Joomla!, HTML and Dreamweaver: storycove.com, www.raininouttonight.com, www.plantoplate.com, www.gha2art.com, www.autobodyengineers.com
    • Flash animation for music video “You are a Tourist” by Death Cab For Cutie - nominated for a VMA – using Adobe Flash
    • Designed and implemented animation for different types of media such as TV commercials (Salter Mitchell Advertising Inc. Tallahassee, FL) using Adobe CS Flash and Photoshop
    • Created storyboards and created flash animations as part of developing those commercials
    • Worked on DVDs packages with books (Tucker’s Spooky Halloween and Ho, Ho, Ho Tucker by Leslie McGuirk, Candlewick Publishing) using Adobe CS Flash and Photoshop
    • Created online animation for the Vertical AV/TV website (http://verticaltv.com) using Adobe CS Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator

Artist/Developer                                                                                                                                             2005 – 2009

August House Publishing – Atlanta, GA

  • Designed layout and developed website for www.StoryCove.com using Joomla! , Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML editing capabilities, Adobe Flash, and Illustrator
  • Designed website layout for www.StoryCoveClassroom.com, and www.getyourdogon.com using Joomla!, Adobe Creative Suite 5, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML editing capabilities, Adobe Flash, and Illustrator
  • Designed, produced and pitched a “Story Cove” DVD. Management was impressed with the DVD and decided to market and sell a line of DVDs. I was responsible for creating eight Story Cove CD-ROMs that were used to develop educational packages. Used Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, IDVD
  • Layout and Design of Story Cove book covers and layout of Story Cove books using InDesign
  • As Animator and Illustrator for Story Cove line of books for children, produced four books and four animations each year using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXpress and Flash
  • Responsible for creating and illustrating lesson plans and activities for each book using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash

Kitchen Manager                                                                                                                                             2001 – 2005

North Highland Pub and Mulligan’s Restaurant – Atlanta, GA

  • Managed a team of five people in the completion of deadline-driven tasks while achieving high levels of customer satisfaction
  • Resolved conflicts and promoted cooperation between team members

Freelance Web Designer/Animator/Illustrator/Artist                                                                    1995 – 2000

Contractor – Atlanta, GA

  • Created illustrations using Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter for published novels and poetry, including:
    • “Scary Stories” edited by Liz Parkhurst, published by August House Inc.
    • “Glue and Ink Rebellion” by Sean Carswell, published by Gorsky Press
    • “Archeology of Bones”, poetry by Kyle Torke, published by Gorsky Press

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Computer Animation                                                                                                        2002

Art Institute of Atlanta

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art                                                                                                                             1993

College of Charleston    

SKILLS & EXPERTISE

  • Expert in Adobe Creative Cloud (emphasis on Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign) Dreamweaver, HTML editing capabilities, Adobe Flash and Illustrator, Corel Painter, Toonboom Studio, Content Management Systems (Joomla!)
  • Experienced in Adobe After Effects, CS4, Premier, and InDesign. Also in QuarkXPress, HTML, CMS, 3D Studio Max, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Sorenson Squeeze and UI design
  • Familiar with ActionScript and CSS
  • Able to interact easily with both technical and non-technical end users; excellent interpersonal and written/verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable working both on a team and independently; able to handle multiple tasks with shifting deadlines and priorities

AWARDS and ORGANIZATIONS

  • 2011 StoryCove.com Bessie Award Winner - Best Educational Software Awards
  • 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best DVD - Tucker’s Spooky Halloween
  • Outstanding Senior Artist 1993 – College of Charleston
  • Volunteer for Skater-Aid/Brain Tumor Foundation for Children
  • Animation selected to appear on AtomFilms.com – “The Gruff"

WEBSITES