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Graphic Designer Design

Walnut Creek, California, United States
February 10, 2019

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Tanya Ericson


Education: BA Illustration, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Masters Candidate: Cal State Fullerton, Graphic Design

Art Director and Management Experience:

Highly organized and outstanding attention to detail from start to finish

Five years of Disney Management experience with strong creative leadership skills and a background in achieving results

Managed budget, scheduled instructors for the Traditional Animation Dept. at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco from 1998 thru 2000 (Co-director)

Manager of up to twenty people per project for the Disney Entertainment Division

Strong Communication; a great presenter, an active listener with consultative capabilities; skillful communicator in tough situations

Built and taught an online Animal Drawing course for the Academy of Art University. Art, Writing, photography, Demo.

Technical Expertise/Software Skills:

Agile learner with a command of core Adobe Creative Suite applications and the ability to learn new creative tools as needed within an ever-changing work environment

Instructor Assignments:

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Full time and Part Time Instructor, 1997-2019

Excellent Instructor and skillful communicator (100 to 300 students) per semester

Managed department schedules, including syllabus and general curriculum

Communicated with and managed students including mentoring, coaching, and graduate reviews.

Made instructor staffing recommendations. Experienced instruction and communication of animation principles and concepts. Met ongoing deadlines for department growth and expansion.

Taught several software programs including Adobe CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator etc.

Taught “Character Design and Drawing for Cartoons” emphasizing the basics of traditional character design - simplification and exaggeration

Taught “Introduction to Animation” emphasizing the basics of traditional animation

Extensive Animation lectures and “How To” coaching sessions.

Extensive Student advisement and analysis of project development

Extensive writing of class syllabus and progressive student grade analysis

Authored and constructed an on-line Animal Drawing class

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 1984-1988

Planned, developed and presented introductory classes in computer graphics

Work Experience


Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Full time and Adjunct Instructor, 1997-2019

Illustration, Animation and Visual Effects Departments

Molokini Studios, Lafayette, CA 1997-2015

Contract character animation for several software and web publishing clients

Art direction for logo designs as well as web page applications.

Morgan Interactive, San Francisco, CA 1995-1997

Art Direction and design of a CD-ROM 1000 word “picture” dictionary

Created color comps and storyboards for activities and environments

Set up art standards and style guides for Photoshop Artists

Collaborated with Melendez Animation Studios on CD “Get Ready for School Charlie Brown”

Navarro Design, Malibu, CA Contract/Freelance 1983-2004

Senior Graphic Designer for various clients including Playmate Toys

Packaging development of a doll toy line titled” Water Babies”

Theatrics Interactive, Emeryville, CA 1996

Worked on CD-ROM titles "Hollywood High" and "Math Heads"

Animation production and creative design support

Worked in a deadline sensitive production environment

Vividus, Palo Alto, CA 1995-96

Art Director of characters and backgrounds for children's web gaming products.

Conceptualized, designed and created characters, animation and backgrounds

Art Direction of marketing materials and new product development

Walt Disney TV Animation, Hollywood, CA 1993-1996

Design support for development, special projects and production departments.

Managed archiving of production backgrounds.

Created logos and ideas for illustrative solutions for character development and show designs.

Assisted producers and produced artwork for various cartoon shows such as “Aladdin The Series”, “Quack Pack”, “Gargoyles”, Dark Wing Duck and “Snookum’s and Meat Funny Cartoon Show”

Disneyland (The Walt Disney Company) Anaheim, CA 1987-1993

Supervision of three-dimensional architectural signage

Drafting for production of parade floats designs and signage

Supervising and coordination of event and project development.

Theming the Disneyland Park for special events.

Asst Art Director- “Fantasmic” (New Orleans Sq water attraction), Disney Afternoon Special Event

Worked with Park product sponsors (i.e. Carnation Ice Cream) for product promotion.

Art Direction and design of logos and three-dimensional banners

Worked with the Merchandising department on Disneyland products and promotional materials

Periodically reviewed corporate licensing guidelines

Photo Art Direction for special events, art coordination and trafficking on major projects

Package design and production for promotion merchandising (Creative Services Dept)

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