Sheli Petersen

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

Work Experience

Peru State College


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 • Summer 2013 - present
Create character design, background art, and animation.

Peru State College, Peru, NE
– Assistant Professor of Art • Fall 2014 - present
Teach Graphic Design, Web Design, Typography, Digital Imaging, Illustration, and Animation. Manage Graphic Design program. Provide resume-building and internship opportunities for art students.

Art Direction and Design
– Rivier University Design Internship, Nashua, NH • Spring 2003 - Spring 2013
Provided art direction and management for Design Internship, in which emerging designers and illustrators created web and print design and illustration services for campus clients, non- profit organizations, and local/regional businesses.

Digital Skills
Extensive knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of Flash, Corel Painter, 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, and history of typography. Extensive knowledge of classic page design, including Golden Section and Root 2 systems.

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
Nebraska, United States


Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

MFA in Illustration

Georgia, United States


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, Book-Making, Character Design, Colored-pencil, CSS, Cut-Paper, Hand-lettering, HTML, Public Speaking, Storyboarding, Typography, Watercolor,