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Fiodor SUMKIN

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Paris, France
Thanks to my two credos:
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life",
"I'm always ready to make my clients happy", and my 15-year experience both in media and publishing and also in advertising and freelance art illustration, I feel comfortable navigating between the art and business world.

Work Experience

Opera78

Founder and Owner

I'm an Illustrator since 1994 with strong background in Typography and Graphic Design,
and Opera78 is my design project, established in Paris in 2005.
November 2005 Paris, France

Career History

In 1996, after 2 years working with PC Corel Draw, I switch to Macintosh, and the Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and QuarkXpress suite.

Today I am a strong Mac user, and have 15 years experience as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

At the beginning of my career, in Belorussia, from 1994 to 1998, I work as a graphic designer in a small design studio while pursuing my studies with the local School of Fine Arts.

Summer 1998, upon graduating in Graphic design, Multimedia, Painting, and Photography, I join one of the leading multidisciplinary Muscovite advertising agencies, Moscow Print Center where I spend 6 months. My main clients are both Condé Nast publishing - I work on magazines such as Elle and Elle Top Model, and the Independent Media publishing house that issues Men's Health, FHM, and PlayBoy magazines.

Winter 1998, my creative proposal for the Premiere magazine redesign wins a competition run by the Condé Nast Russia publishing house. As a result, during one year, I take on the job of art director of the cinematography magazine.

Moscow, winter 1999 – summer 2001, I freelance with:

Seiko-Epson Russia (web design),
Siemens Mobile (print and poster advertising, visuals design for TV adaptation, etc.),
Bank of Moscow,
YUKOS,
Russian Railways,
Aeroflot,
LUKOIL,
Schwarzkopf,
L'Oréal (print advertising, corporate identity).

At the same time, I develop corporate identity styles and guidelines, create logotypes, design annual reports, etc. for dozens of Russian companies.

Autumn 2001, I am invited to Milan to work for Pariolli, a Russian-Italian publishing house. During one month I provide consultancy on development design concepts for bilingual magazines.

End of October 2001, I move headquarters to Paris where I freelance on art illustration projects.

Summer 2003 - summer 2006, in Paris, I am the artistic director of one of the largest, most established Russian weekly magazines, La Pensée Russe. Upon my arrival, I change the visual identity which enables a rapid development of the magazine, which is today distributed in France, the UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Greece. In 2005, I manage the five people that make up the creative department.

Winter 2005, I take on a new road: commercial illustration. I set up the design studio Opéra78 the main goal of which is to be creative and think different. I offer alternative routes to mainstream and ephemeral trends. I achieve my goals by being highly original and autonomous, from idea inception to final project delivery. Summer 2006 - fall 2009, I live and freelance in Amsterdam while enhancing my designer image and building reputation with international names such as:

E d i t o r i a l:
Esquire Magazine,
New York Times Magazine,
Die Zeit Magazine,
Rolling Stone Magazine,
Men’s Health Magazine,
Playboy Magazine,
INTERNI and Elsevier Magazines, ...

C o m m e r c i a l:
Nike - Nike Air Jordan,
Burton Snowboards,
Nidecker Snowboards,
Procter & Gamble,
Absolut - Absolut Vodka,
WWF,
Air Canada - Canadian Airlines,
Aeroflot - Russian Airlines,
...

and International Advertising networks:
TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles CA,
TBWA\Chiat\Day New York NY,
Saatchi & Saatchi Moscow,
DDB Amsterdam,
Wieden+Kennedy,
Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH),
Serial Cut,
Contexta AG,
Nothing Commercial Creativity, and many others.

As I pay close attention to people’s needs and feelings, over the years I’ve built strong and friendship relationships with a number of employers and clients.

Summer 2007, I launch the corporate social responsibility project Ecopera. 80 artists from across the globe gather for a grand exhibition at the Moscow Gallery "DOM".

Fall 2009, I come back to Paris.

Recent Work

Illustration and design of the Nidecker snowboard (Switzerland)

Image content "Playfull Type by Fiodor Sumkin" for the new fashion collection UNIQLO (Japan)

Pattern-illustration for the Nike, Air Jordan Brand shoes, bags and T-shirts (USA)

Creative proposals for an illustration series for PUR Water, Procter & Gamble advertising campaign

New York Times magazine, Alexander Solzhenitsin cover page illustration.

Esquire Magazine (U.S. and Russian Edition, Illustration series)

Collective Exhibition at the San Paulo Contemporary Museum, Brasil See most of my work here — http://www.opera78.com

Book and Catalogue Publications

Beyond publications in newspapers and magazines, tens of interviews in print or online magazines or portals, my art illustration has been published in a considerable number of contemporary graphic design and art illustration books.

Some of the recent art books that published my work are:

Taschen: The Field Guide for Graphic Designers (late 2011)
Rockport Publishers: Idea-ology (2010)
Thames & Hudsun: New Ornamental Type (2010)
Harper Collins Design: Source Illustration Book (2010)
Die Gestalten Verlag: Illusive 2 (2008),
The Playful Type (2009),
The Playful Type 2 (2011)

Tools

Softwares: Adobe Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator.
Operating Systems: Advanced Mac user
Web: HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript.
Others: Canon 5d MarklIl, MacBook Pro 15"+27", ink pen 0.5 Pilot G-1