Sheli Petersen


Dallas, TX, USA
When I'm not designing, illustrating, or teaching, I'm out biking and birding.

Work Experience


Book Design & Illustration • 2003 - present
Create illustration, design, and concept art for publishers and exhibitions. Clients include Cricket Media, McGraw-Hill, Renaissance House, Laredo Publishing, Highlights magazine, Rigby, Arté Publico, and the National Heritage Museum. Extensive knowledge of character design, story boarding, and technical aspects of book design.

2D Game Art
– Fussy Kid, Independent Game Developer • 2013 - 2015
Created character design, background art, and animation.

– Associate Professor Texas Woman's University • Fall 2018 - present
Teach a wide range of subjects including Typography, Branding & Advertising, Web & Print Design, Illustration. Provide resume & portfolio building opportunities for students. Manage Graphic Design program. Coordinate community outreach & recruiting for Visual Arts Program.

Art Direction
– Texas Woman's University Design Studio • present
– Peru State College Design Studio • 2016 - 2018
– Rivier University Design Internship • 2003 - 2013
Manage on-campus design internship, in which emerging designers & illustrators create branding, web, & print collateral for campus clients, non-profit organizations, & businesses.

Digital Skills
Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of HTML, CSS, After Effects.

Traditional Skills
Extensive knowledge of drawing & collage techniques. Knowledge of painting, animation, photography, print-making techniques.

Typography and Visual Systems
Extensive knowledge text formatting, type hierarchy, page design, history of typography.

Professional Organizations
Member • Fall 2014 - present

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Nebraska Chapter Illustrators Coordinator • 2018 - present

New Hampshire Creative Club
Steering Committee Member 2012 - 2014


Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

MFA in Illustration

Georgia, United States



Bronze Award - North Texas Chapter Portfolio Showcase


Society Of Childrens Book Writers & Illustrators

Grand Prize, IA-SCBWI Conference Intensive Workshop


Nebraska - AIGA Show

Bronze Award for Illustration


New Hampshire Creative Club

Creative Excellence


New Hampshire Art Association

Grand prize winner of Currier Museum of Art Juried Exhibition



Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Animation, Art Direction, Book-Making, Branding, Character Design, Colored-pencil, Community Outreach, CSS, Cut-Paper, Hand-lettering, HTML, Logo Design, Print Design, Public Speaking, Storyboarding, Typography, Watercolor, Web Design,