Sheli Petersen

Illustrator-Designer-Educator

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

Work Experience

Illustrator-Designer-Educator


Illustration and Book Design • 2003 - present
Create illustration, design, and concept art for publishers and exhibitions. Clients include McGraw-Hill, Renaissance House, Laredo Publishing, Highlights magazine, Rigby, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin, 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.

– Assistant Professor of Art, Peru State College • Fall 2014 - present
Teach a wide range of courses including Typography, Visual Identity, Web Design, Motion Graphics, and Illustration. Provide resume and portfolio building opportunities for students. Manage Graphic Design program. Coordinate community outreach and recruiting for Art Program.

Art Direction
– Peru State College Design Studio • 2016 - present
– Rivier University Design Internship • 2003 - 2013
Manage on-campus design internship, in which emerging designers and illustrators concept and create web and print collateral for campus clients, non-profit organizations, and regional businesses.

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

Traditional Skills
Extensive knowledge of drawing and collage techniques. Knowledge of acrylic and watercolor, animation, photography, and print-making techniques.

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

Professional Organizations
AIGA - Nebraska
Member • Fall 2014 - present

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Illustrators' Critique Group Leader • 2012 - 2014
Member 2007 - present

New Hampshire Creative Club
Steering Committee Member 2012 - 2014

Education

Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

MFA in Illustration

Georgia, United States

Awards

Nebraska - AIGA Show

Bronze Award for Illustration

2015

New Hampshire Creative Club

Creative Excellence

2014

New Hampshire Art Association

Grand prize winner of Currier Museum of Art Juried Exhibition

2011

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Animation, Book-Making, Character Design, Colored-pencil, CSS, Cut-Paper, Hand-lettering, HTML, Public Speaking, Storyboarding, Typography, Watercolor,