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MARK SMOLLIN – marketing designer résumé

I am a lucky - fortunate to know my passion for art at an early age and to be developing that instinct to the best of my ability. Creativity has revealed itself as a process of discrimination that prefers quality over mediocrity and excitement to the familiar. To me, "Art" is an expression that others can relate to. The most successful artworks are proven to be simple and resonate with us on an intimate level.

Mark Berry - Portrait by Ed Keck

I am committed to provide unique and memorable advertising design concepts and artwork to my clients. My skill set goes beyond visual understanding and includes conceptual thinking to a holistic view of your company. I prefer to work with growing companies that have a strong sense of integrity about the value of services and products they offer.

I have thirty years experience making images that communicate, in print, on film, for broadcast video and the Web, including their associated production processes. I now work using a combination of traditional and digital painting technologies on Apple and Windows computers. Specialties include corporate identity and stationery systems, digital vector and raster illustration, web graphics, animation and conversion of reflective artwork to digital formats. For large scale projects I use a network of associates for copy writing, marketing, printing and website construction.

Creative Vision, Project Management, Art Direction, Marketing Design, Web Design, Illustration, Print Design, Traditional Painting, Screen Printing, Exhibit Design, Copy Writing; Animation Design, Non-Linear Video Editing; Music Composition, Arranging, Production and Percussion Performance. Software proficiency in use of: Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote, Microsoft Office, DreamWeaver, Flash, XHTML, CSS, Painter, Lightwave, and of course iTunes.

Illustration graduate of Art Center College of Design, living and working in Pasadena California, while serving clients in the greater Los Angeles area and the nation. I have thirty years experience working freelance and corporate environments, leading as many as eight people on special projects. Art direction, set design, set construction, story-boards, film editing, and animation design provided on a variety of film projects. Artwork has been reproduced in national publications supporting; the advertising industry, book publishers, motion picture studios, actors, artists, and musical talents.

Work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, Hot Air, and a variety of industry related books and magazines. Recipient of awards from the Society Of Illustrators New York, the Society Of Illustrators Los Angeles and the California Art Club among others.


Lego/Duplo Learn & Play Books
1997-2000 16 Children's Books and 16 Promotional Pieces

Communication Arts #217
1990 Illustration Annual - Alfred Hitchcock Portrait - p . 117

Graphis #269
1990 Baseball Poster - p.  30

Hot Air 1
1990 A Collection Of Airbrush Illustrations
Victims For Victims Poster - p. 32
Hockey Poster - p. 33
Alfred Hitchcock Portrait - p. 136



1980–1985 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California:
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - Illustration

1980–1982 Pasadena City College,  Academic Studies

1980–1981 Vernon Wilson,  Drawing Workshop

1977 University of Northern Virginia,  Art History

1976 Illustrators Workshop,  Westport, Connecticut

1976 Rochester Institute of Technology,  Screen Printing

1975 Kodak Education & Marketing Center, Photographic Retouching



Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection
2007 Mister Modem, 16” x 12” acrylic and colored pencil on canvas
2007 Fired, 12” x 12” acrylic and colored pencil on canvas

One-Man-Show at Vroman's Pasadena
1995 1 July through 30 Sep
12 Sports Posters depicting athletes moving through time and space.

California Art Club
1995 86th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition  "Swanasuarus" 24" x 36"
1994 85th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition  "Win, Place, Show" 24" x 36"

Society of Illustrators of New York
1992 Illustrators 34",  Book Section  #213
1990 Illustrators 32",  Institutional Section  #467
1989 iLlustrators 31",  Editorial Section  #96
1986 iLlustrators 28",  Advertising Section  #445
1985 Annual Scholarship Competition

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
1986 Patrick Nagel Award for Innovative Illustration
1985 Gold Medal and Two Special Judges Awards

Puget Sound Technical  Communication Competition
1987 Poster for Microsoft's "Quick Basic" application - Certificate of Merit

Smithsonian Institute, Washington,  D.C.
1976 Display Graphics for their exhibit "Apollo to  the Moon"
1975 Display Graphics for their exhibit "Our American Heritage"

Chicago Museum of Science and  Industry
1974 Murals for the military art exhibit