I’m an illustrator and designer with experience in a variety of commercial art fields. My illustrations have appeared in magazines and books. I’ve worked with software and web developers as graphic designer, production artist, web designer, Flash animator, and Actionscript programmer. My surface design work has been shown at national tradeshows and licensed by manufacturers for use on fabric, stationery, invitations, scrapbooking and home décor products. I enjoy the variety and the challenge of trying new things. A common theme in my work is that I love playing with color, telling stories and creating a mood in my art.
Click PORTFOLIOS to learn more. Use the ARROW BUTTONS to navigate and the MAGNIFYING GLASS to toggle between full screen and lightbox mode. Hope you like it!
As of December 2014 this site is brand new! (I'd be happy for feedback about my new web design. Let me know if it is confusing. I am still working out some bugs so if it stops working as you'd expect usually reloading the website will start it working again. Any technical advice would be appreciated, since I am a beginner at it...)Read more on my blog
I still like Flash and feel attached to my now archived Flash website. I spent a long time on it several years ago. I am keeping it in my PORTFOLIOS section under "Interactive Animation" so you can still visit it.
I used to do a lot of work in Flash mostly during my time working for AmericanGreetings.com. And I really liked it...Read more on my blog
Let me know what you think. I created "Suling's Art & Design Blog" to write about the process of creating digital art, tips, tutorials, random thoughts & goings on. Here's a tutorial I just put together about using Flash as a drawing and pattern design tool.
If you are interested in finding out more detail about my work experience, download a pdf of my resume here.
My work is divided into sections since there is such a variety and the style varies a lot depending on the project.
The illustrations in this section were mostly done for publishing. A lot of my work has been for books and magazines because I really enjoy making illustrations that tell a story. I always try hard to capture the mood of a story in dynamic interesting ways, putting a lot of thought into color and value choices. My illustrations are created in Photoshop with my Wacom pad. I don’t use many special effects and stick primarily to the brush and eraser tools. I like to paint on the computer as I did when I used to paint with a real brush.
Clients include: Cricket Magazine, Random House Books for Young Readers, Harper Trophy, Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, Book-of-the-Month Club, St. Anthony Messenger, Little Brown and Company, Guideposts Magazine
Several years ago I started creating art for licensing and showing my work at licensing treadshows. The work in this section is mostly patterns organized into collections of coordinating designs that might be good to use together on a quilt or coordinated for a family of stationery. My work has been licensed for use on home décor products, scrapbooking, wedding invitations, greeting cards and fabric. I enjoy designing elegant and modern floral designs as well as fun and whimsical designs for kids.
Clients include: Kleinfeld Paper, Crown Crafts, American Traditional Designs, Marion Heath, Design Design, Papyrus, Children’s Place, Old Navy, Springs Global, Madison Park Greetings, Look Love Send
The work in this section showcases my graphic design work. I’ve done some logo and web design, but the majority of work here are wedding invitation sets and stationery I designed using my own artwork.
Clients include: Kleinfeld Paper, Look Love Send, Madison Park Greetings
Much of the work featured in this section are interactive Flash greetings or games that will show some of my programming ability. When possible, I link them to the live content on external sites. Most were done a long time ago so they don't necessarily display as originally intended and the music that used to accompany them may not be there anymore, but I still like to show them - because they were so fun for me to create.
Clients include: Blue Mountain.com, Americangreetings.com, The Learning Company, Cuesta Technologies