Stephanie Shimerdla
Illustration   |   Concept Art   |   Graphic Design
Design Tools
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Procreate 
HTML/CSS
Watercolor & Mixed Media
Education
continuing education
2015 - Present                   
After deciding upon Illustration as a career, I have been taking numerous online classes every year to help develop my craft. I am entirely self taught, since my last art class in school was when I was in the National Art Honor Society in high school! I love to learn and am currently working on branching out into children's illustration and including more stylization in my work.
Methodist University
1999 - 2002                   
BS: Computer Science, Mathematics
Graduated Summa Cum Laude 
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
1997 - 1998                   
BS: Computer Science
STATE college of florida-manatee-sarasota
1992 - 1995                   
AA: General

Work Experience
Freelance Illustrator
May 2015 - Present
Concept Artist, Book Cover Design, RPG/CCG 2D Artwork, and other professional commissions available. I have designed multiple book covers and numerous fantasy illustrations for publication. 
Graphic Designer & Stock Resource Creator
Jan 2005 - Present
Designer of unique, quality resources for Photoshop, GIMP, Procreate, as well as stock graphics through ObsidianDawn.com.
Brush Designer - ON1
Sept 2020 - Mar 2021
Collaborated with ON1 to provide brushes for their software. The ON1 Landscape Brush Collection was wildly popular, and I also provided them with several other default brushes that came with the program upon installation.
Freelance Illustrator - Heroes' Tears RPG
May 2017 - Jan 2018
Worked as a concept artist and illustrator for the Heroes' Tears Role-Playing Game. Brought to life multiple environments and creatures and completed 8 commissioned projects with them.
Photoshop Brush Designer - NAPP
2007 - Jan 2010
Collaborated with Photoshop User Magazine (Kelby Media Group) to create original Photoshop brushes for their users.
Manager - Movie Gallery
1996 - 1998
Assistant manager to manager within 1 year. Manager for 1 1/2 years.
Sales - Paperback Booksmith
1993 - 1996
Sales position at a locally owned bookstore. I've always been a lover of books & stories. My time here helped to shape my love of telling stories through my illustrations.

Honors & Awards
EXPOSE Excellence Award
Apr 2017  -  Ballistic Publishing
Excellence Award and featured in the book EXPOSE 12 for 'Can't Reach My Soul'
Army Arts & Crafts Contest 1st Place
2016  -  US Army
Won 1st place in the Digital Art category in the 2016 Army Arts & Crafts Contest with "Ocypete"
Editor's Choice Award
2014  -  CG Society
An "Editor's Choice" badge was granted to "Some Clouds Have Wings" by cgsociety.org.
3 Daily Deviations
2004-2020   -  DeviantArt.com
2020 - "Wings".

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