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Design & Illustration

A collection of work I have compiled from professional marketing pieces, promotional items for local bands and musicians, and personal pieces I worked on. Brands featured are Priority Data, The Big Al Band, MurderHouse, and Black On High.

Videos

In addition to design, and illustration, I have recently taken up video creation and editing. While most of these projects have been for bands or personal use, they do provide an opportunity to learn about shooting and editing techniques.

About Me

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While I never set out to become a Graphic Designer, I have always appreciated art, even from a young age. I first started out, as most kids do, by drawing their favorite characters, but I soon learned that I had a talent for drawing. With the help of my parents and art teachers, I refined my talent by taking art classes in school and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE.

In 2001, enrolled and began taking classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, UNK; these classes helped me not only further refine my fine art skills, but also provide the building blocks for my understanding of Graphic Design. I would continue to study at UNK until 2006, when I took some time off of school to focus on my growing family. In between these years of study, I would use the knowledge gained from Graphic Design courses to design various flyers, album artwork, shirts, and a website for various local musicians and venues.

In 2010, I decided to complete my degree in Graphic Design and enrolled at Bellevue University. While at BU, I took classes in Web Design and Layout, Coding, Digital Illustration, Branding and Marketing; these courses have given me a well rounded knowledge of Graphic Design, and its applications in both print and web.

In early 2013, I applied for and began an internship at Priority Data as a Marketing and Design Intern. Through the internship I was able to perfect and apply my design skills, as well as the knowledge gained in the classroom, in a professional work setting while completing my degree. Following my internship I was offered a full-time job as a Marketing and Customer Communication Specialist in August of that same year.

In June 2013, I completed and graduated from Bellevue University with a B.A. in Graphic Design.