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Aaron Little

Freelance illustrator / graphic designer

Torrance, CA, USA
So I'll admit it, I'm a generalist. Please, don't hold it against me!

In 2007, I graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton in with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in illustration. During my last term, I interned at Universal Studios and CityWalk in the Universal Creative department and was hired on full-time after graduation. Creative is the department most responsible for the cosmetic continuity of the entire Universal Campus. When the senior designer left a few months after my hiring, I was bumped up a notch and was suddenly the sole visual designer in the department, working alongside the Architect, Project Manager and under the Art Director and Vice President. I had the opportunity to work on very different projects day to day, utilizing digital illustration for many of my mock-ups. I often created 3D models in Google SketchUp from architectural plans or my own measurements, as well as putting together shop drawings for the production of 3D and illuminated signage and installations.

After about two years at Universal, I struck out as a freelancer for about another year doing some of the same type of work. I then chose to take a big turn in my career by accepting a temporary position as the head designer of Zeleman Production, a growing film and graphic production company in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The job lasted 4 months; I stayed in Ethiopia two-and-a-half years as a contract designer and illustrator. I won't go into the amazing and sometimes unbelievable experiences I had there, but I consider my time living and working overseas absolutely invaluable.

I've been back stateside now for a year and a half, still freelancing and moonlighting as a swim instructor. I am an expert in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Google SketchUp.

Work Experience

Universal Studios And CItyWalk, Hollywood

Graphics and environmental graphics

September 2007 - August 2009 Hollywood, California, United States

Freelance

Illustrator / designer

August 2009 - December 2010 Los Angeles, California, United States

Zeleman Production

Lead Graphic Designer

December 2010 - April 2011 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Freelance

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Writer, Musician

April 2011 - May 2013 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ZERAF Film Production

Lead Graphic Designer, Storyboarder

April 2013 - May 2013 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Education

University Of California - Irvine

Music Performance - Trumpet

September 2000 - August 2004 Irvine, California, United States

California State University - Fullerton

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Illustration

August 2004 - May 2007 Fullerton, California, United States

Awards

NBC Universal

Ovation - Design (got it 3 times)

2008

Skills

3D Signage, Digital Painting, Editing / Proof-reading, Emcee, Environmental Graphics / Design, Excel, Google Sketchup, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Traditional Painting, Trumpet Player, Vocalist, Word, Writing / Journalism,