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Tin Salamunic

Commercial Artist | Creative Director | Journalist

Richmond, VA, USA
Licensed Commercial Artist, Art Educator, Public Relations Specialist, Editor and Creative Director. Launched gaming and tech lifestyle online publication centralized around the independent development scene. Provided creative visual solutions for national and international clients with an emphasis on advertising, editorial illustration, production work and design. Developed teaching and curricular innovations as an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Work Experience

The Game Scouts

★ Founder | Editor | Public Relations | Designer

Founded The Game Scouts, a multimedia news and reviews venue focused on the entertainment industry. Served as media liaison at major industry events. Established ongoing partnerships with publishers and developers. Supervised all editorial content from contributing writers. Weekly page layout and graphic management. Developed online marketing strategies. Handled press releases and served as lead contact between all clients.

• Brand identity and logo design.
• Ran successful Facebook and Twitter advertisement campaigns.
• Featured on global TV spot (Disney) less than 6 months post launch.
• Articles highlighted on major manufacturer and publisher sites.
• Interviewed prominent figures in the entertainment industry.
• Improved SEO rankings.

Selected Clients: Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Konami, Square-Enix, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Namco, Naughty Dog, Telltale Games, NIS America, Capcom, Sega, Deep Silver, Focus Home Entertainment, Codemasters, Milestone, 2K Games, RightStuf Entertainment, VIZ Media, Nintendo, Insomniac, Rockstar, Tecmo
January 2012 - Present Richmond, Virginia, United States

Salamunic Illustration & Pyca Design

★ Commercial Artist | Creative Director | Business Owner

Managed budgeting, commerce and customer service of creative business. Responsible for market assessment, research and strategic business planning. Collaborated with national and international clients on creative projects with a focus on editorial illustration, production work, advertising illustration, web illustration/design, sequential imaging and concept art. Devised innovative campaign concepts that attracted national and international media attention. Provided regular editorial work to dozens of clients worldwide for over a decade. Led multi-agency creative teams from concept to fruition. Created diverse promotional web and print material for various companies.

• Worked with General Mills on the Fruit by the Foot advertising campaign.
• Produced art for Mountain Dew’s DewMocracy campaign.
• Created concept art for Seth Morrison’s clothing line with Oakley.
• Created concept art for award-winning independent film, The Aviatrix.
• Illustrated literacy intervention books for struggling readers.
• Featured in several educational art books and creative magazines

Selected Clients: Adobe, Mountain Dew, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, Oakley, General Mills, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, CFA, Military Officer Association of America, Scholastic, Pearson, Die Zeit, The Lawfirm of Netherlands, Wealth Manager Magazine, Harcourt, The Fast Company
May 2005 - Present Richmond, Virginia, United States

Virginia Commonwealth University

★ Art Educator | Admissions Coordinator

Instructed courses such as Concept Art, Digital Drawing, Typography and Design, Senior Studio, Senior Portfolio, Figure Drawing, Art Foundation and Sequential Imaging. During my teaching years, I contributed to Michael Fleishman’s educational book, Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work. I continue to serve as an educator through university lectures, private lessons and my process blog where I provide business and career advice for rising artists.

• Developed teaching and curricular innovations.
• Directed theses and senior dissertations.
• Evaluated applicant portfolios to determine admission.
• Organized course information and educational ideas.
• Supervised department’s technological assets.
• Guest speaker at student organizations.
• Provided career counseling for graduates.
May 2006 - May 2010 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA, Communication Arts

During my senior year, I attended a two-semester internship with the award winning illustrator and designer Robert Meganck at Communication Design Inc., where I learned the fundamentals of business in commercial art. Assisted in developing crest for the Virginia Historical Society. For over two years, I was president of The Society of Communication Artists (SOCA) where I was responsible for organizing various events and lectures.
May 2002 - May 2006 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Languages

German (Fluent),
English (Fluent),
Serbo-Croatian (Native),

Skills

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Lightroom, Blogger, Concept Art, Corel Painter, Creative Direction, Design, Gimp, Illustration, Linux, MAC, MIcrosoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Page Layout, PC, Wordpress, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Visual Journalism,

Recommendations

■ Matt Wallin
Filmmaker (King Kong, The Matrix, Hellboy), Writer, Professor (www.mattwallin.com)
"Tin is a gifted artist and a great guy. I had the pleasure of working side by side with Tin at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts for several years. Tin's experience and personable manner made him a natural as an instructor in the classroom. I cannot recommend Tin highly enough for any projects he may pursue in the future."


■ Tommy Kane
Creative Director at The Barbarian Group (www.barbariangroup.com)
"Tin happens to be one of the most talented illustrators in the business today. He has a very unique, one of a kind style. He is able to get across so much information with the minimal amount of pen strokes. His color technique is like no one else. Tin is fast, reliable and highly inventive. He is a member of the famed Urban Sketchers and his work stands out above his peers. His ability to capture people is so great that I can't stop looking at his finished drawings. He also happens to be a terrific designer too. Give Tin a chance, you won't regret it. He's the best."

■ Michael Fleishman
Writer, Designer
"Tin contributed to my latest book, Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists At Work. In no particular order: he's a helluva nice guy; he's a sublimely talented illustrator; he was astute, articulate, responsive, and just plain fun to work with. I heartily and happily recommend him!"

■ Kan Muftic
Concept Artist (Batman Arkham City)
"Tin is an unstoppable creative force and any company would be happy to have someone like him on board."

Areas of Strength

• Analysis & Critical Problem Solving • Visual Concept Development & Storyboarding • Budget Planning • Payment Processing • Contract Negotiations • Mentoring & Tutoring • Public Relations • Curriculum Development & Implementation • Classroom Management • Visual Journalism • Marketing Strategies Development • Professional Image Retouching for Web and Print • Multimedia Publishing • Tax Preparation •

Awards

• Imagine FX, Featured Artist, August 2014
• Urban Sketching-The Complete Guide to Techniques, Featured Artist 2014
• AIGA Open Forum Richmond, VA, Guest Speaker 2013
• Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work, Work and Interview 2010
• Creative Quarterly 21, Professional Illustration Winner 2010
• Evangelical Press Association, Silver Medal 2010
• 3X3 Magazine Issue 13, Featured Artist 2009
• Society Of Illustrators of Los Angeles West 46, Featured Works 2007
• Illustrators Club of Richmond, Silver Medal Award, 5 featured works 2007
• American Illustration 26, Featured Works 2007
• American Illustration 25, Featured Works 2006
• CMYK Magazine Issue 33, Featured Works 2006
• Society of Illustrators Educators Symposium Sketchbook Anthology 2006
• VCU Award for Academic and Creative Excellence 2006
• Society of Illustrators of New York, Featured Works 2005
• Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, Featured Works 2005
• The Great Frame Up, Winning Entry 2001

Exhibitions

• 2014 “An Illustrated Tribute to Wong Kar-Wai” Gallery KULT, Singapore
• 2010 “Pictural Colloquy” Gellman Room, Richmond, VA - solo
• 2006 “My Complete Works” The Commonwealth Art Space, Richmond, VA - solo
• 2006 Society of Illustrators of New York
• 2005 Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
• 2005 “An Eye Fool” Gallery 5, Richmond, VA