I'm a professional illustrator & chalkboard artist in Plano, TX. I have an extensive skill set honed from almost 24 years of experience in various forms of the sign industry. I am a fast, creative problem-solver. I relish tight deadlines because they bring out my best efforts & give my work it's energy. I love doing portrait work because its hard & stretches my rendering capabilities. I am fired up & ready to create.
Over 24 years of graphic design experience specializing in signage. 9 years of experience in creating chalkboard art in a variety of styles & subjects.
Proficient in all manor of illustration, from technical drawings to portraiture. I work in paint, Prismacolors, charcoal and virtually any medium, including digital. Samples of my work are available upon request.
Whole Foods MarketDecember 2003 - Present
Maintain and produce signage for all departments within set regional guidelines. Hand paint chalkboards. Perform daily store walks in all departments to check quality and appearance of signs. Work closely with Regional Art Director, Regional Signage support, and Regional Marketing Coordinator. Create marketing materials as needed, such as flyers & point of sale items. Maintain inventory of necessary supplies & equipment. Voted Outstanding Team Member Sept. 2004 & June 2006.
Cinemark TheatresMarch 1997 - April 1999
Responsible for graphic representation of 5th largest theater chain in America. Produced all forms of printed advertising including: newspaper ads, congratulatory notices, directory shells, and inserts. Also responsible for invitations, press passes, tour program covers and T-shirt designs. Developed multimedia presentations. Designed virtually every slide in the Screen Advertising Program. Responsible for designing & publishing the bi-monthly newsletter. Created training materials including: game boards, cards, overheads, and handouts. Also worked on logos and designs for various promotional items. Designed new theatre employee uniforms and caps. Produced renderings of theatre buildings for permitting and variance purposes. Helped design site plans, building exteriors and color schemes. Developed an overview of the local printing and design industry in order to insure competitive pricing for production of all projects.
Chandler SignsApril 1994 - December 2003
Designed several new national sign programs including Chuck E. Cheese, Eckerd Drug, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Java Coast. Exclusive account artist for Eckerd Drug. Personally engineered several new methods of sign fabrication in metals and plastics as well as new techniques in illumination. Rehired to fulfill additional responsibilities as Outside Marketing Designer.
RJS GraphixJanuary 1990 - Present
Freelance designer for a variety of different projects including: Fine Art Portraiture, Storyboarding, Chalkboards, Newspaper & Magazine ads, T-shirts, Point-of-Sale items, Packaging design, Album Covers, Toy design, Preparation of Camera-Ready artwork, Web Page graphics & design and numerous other projects. Consultation and Presentation services round out a complete "one-stop" solution to virtually all clients' design needs.
Promoting bugicide. Texas style. Chalk paint on plastic.
An odd assortment of floor chalks & random paintings.
A painted 36" semicircle that didn't turn out like I had envisioned, but it does make me laugh.
A Copic marker portrait for my friend on 11"x14" Canson marker paper.
I had the unbelievable privilege of being the chalkboard artist for Jameson Whiskey's Bartender's Ball on November 4th. What an amazing experience. I'll add more photos later.
Part of a recent refrub on a massive chalkboard above a produce rack. I'm very proud to be a native Texan & I hope that shows in this piece.
Mother's Day Portrait
A commissioned portrait for a friend's mom. 11"x 14" Canson marker paper with COPIC markers.
Whole Trade Peaches
A 40"x 32" painted foamcore panel.
Nutritional Department Chalkboards
My first attempt at drawing with Prismacolors on painted board. I really liked the classic, almost antique look of these portraits. I used liquid chalk on the verbiage boards. Even though they're placed pretty high above line of sight, a lot of people notice them & stare.
A new kind of super hero. One who teaches you about the nutrition in fruit.
Halibut Butcher Paper
A fun project involving butcher paper, markers, paint pens & a halibut.
La Dolce Vita
3 ladies I adore very much.
A portrait of a very good dog.
Various projects at work. I never know what the day will bring.
John Mackey Portrait
A Prismacolor portrait of WFM's founding father.
A marker sketch for a good friend.
A promotional board extolling the virtues & tastes of my dear friend, Basil the cheese buyer.
Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson, Texas
A beautiful hotel built in the 1850's.
Portraits: Still my favorite means of self expression.
I've been drawing portraits (well, portraits that actually look like real people) for about 30 years. I never tire of trying to render the perfect expression or the subtle shadow that truly defines a person's face. Its so empowering to show someone how beautiful they really are.
The Silent Salesmen
Assorted signs from the store.
A detail of a larger painted board.
A very detailed menu, painted directly on the wall.
This is a taxing time of year for me. Seasonal chalkboards, illustrations, graphic designs & even painting on the floor. All this keeps me busy from Halloween right up until Valentine's Day. Sometimes It seems like I do some of my best work when I have the least amount of time though.
Qualifications & Certifications
The University of Texas at Dallas
Tyler Junior College
North Garland High School
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