freelance illustrator resume example with 10+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Proactive Illustrator who produces high-quality illustrative work by applying creative thinking and attention to detail. A performance-oriented and enterprising leader with organized nature and analytical problem-solving approach. Knowledgeable in multiple facets of art creation including project planning, timelines, manufacturing, and implementation. Avid science fiction book reader currently reading the Hugo award-winning novels in chronological order. With a passion for horror science fiction media. Lover of language, education, and organization. Top 1% listener of Glass Animals on Spotify.

Work History
Freelance Illustrator, 01/2011 - Current
Paperless Post New York, NY,
  • Collaborated with marketing and art departments to create high-quality images and illustrations to enhance publications, products, presentations, games, and more. Effectively communicated with clients to translate their visions into solutions.
  • Adapted solutions quickly to best fit changing needs of clients and market.
  • Conducted research, gathered information from multiple sources, and presented results based on market trends and company aesthetics.
  • Managed product pipelines. Including capital raising, manufacturing, inventory, customer communication, and delivery of products. Worked directly with overseas manufacturers to ensure product accuracy based on limitations and restrictions. Developed working knowledge of manufacturing pipeline including MOQs and Pantone color process.
Adjunct Professor of Illustration, 01/2017 - Current
Cleveland Institute Of Art City, STATE,
  • Used variety of learning modalities and support materials to facilitate learning process and accentuate presentations, including visual, aural, and social learning modalities.
  • Worked closely with Illustration Department to develop and implement 3 core course curricula for improved learning and student performance based on modern illustration market desires. Which directly aided in departmental accreditation.
  • Taught and mentored over 100 students with individual education plans. Including additional 21 students preparing for their undergraduate thesis.
  • Guided students through all phases of project development from concept to final delivery. Including Research, Critique, and implementation.
  • Collaborated with department to create dynamic, ongoing curriculum development and instruction improvement to ensure consistent learning experiences for students.
English and a Second Language Teacher, 07/2020 - Current
VIPkid City, STATE,
  • Tutored and assisted 380 students over 1218 classes to help students comprehend and master the English language.
  • Evaluated student progress to offer recommendations for further development.
  • Worked one-on-one with students needing individualized attention and developed special learning plans for struggling students. Adapting the current curriculum to best suit each learner with quick evaluation.
  • Provided quantifiable results for feedback and support to parents to help maximize their student's education. Resultingin a 60% growth in repeat students over 3 months and 100% satisfaction rate.
  • Prepared students for English Language test preparation including but not limited to the TOEFL exam.
Associate Manager and Merchandising Specialist, 04/2012 - 03/2020
Blick Art Materials City, STATE,
  • Strengthened merchandising and promotional strategies to drive customer engagement and boost sales. Directly leading to a store ranking of #1 in growth and #4 in profit.
  • Mentored and supported 7 associate employees to create strong workplace culture. Including onboarding processes and schedule adjustment.
  • Handled inventory and merchandising of over 2000 products. Oversaw expansion of the store's merchandising offerings by 150% in 3 years. Retained a vast informational knowledge of all products available to ensure maximum customer satisfaction and education.
  • Utilized JIRA systems for IT and worked one on one with IT specialists.
  • Efficiently and accurately processed customer check-out and balanced drawers as cash handler. Able to manage customer inquiries, troubleshooting, and problem-solving while providing high level of accuracy and efficiency.
  • Curricula Planning
  • Effective communicator
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Project planning and development
  • Idea Development and Brainstorming
  • Understanding of JIRA and Agile Methodologies
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Pre-Design Consulting
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Trend Monitoring
  • Customer Service
  • Feedback Incorporation
Website, Portfolio, Profiles
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Bachelor of Arts: Illustration, Expected in 05/2012
Cleveland Institute of Art - Cleveland, Ohio,
Status -
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Instructor, TEFL Full Circle - 160hr
  • The Complete JIRA Agile Project Management Course, Danny Liu - 2021

In Progress

  • Agile Project Management Certification Prep Training, Paul Ashun CEO Pashun Consulting
  • Project Management Course, 365 Careers

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School Attended

  • Cleveland Institute of Art

Job Titles Held:

  • Freelance Illustrator
  • Adjunct Professor of Illustration
  • English and a Second Language Teacher
  • Associate Manager and Merchandising Specialist


  • Bachelor of Arts

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