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J. Christopher Schmidt

I have always known I would pursue art as a career. After I graduated from Solon High School in 1995 I decided to attend The Columbus College of Art & Design. In 2000, I obtained a BA of Fine Arts in Illustration. Since then I have freelanced consistently for the past 8 years while working as a t-shirt designer, graphic designer and toy designer.

Profile Summary:
Drawing Brunswick, OH
Adobe Suite Brunswick, OH
Illustration/Painting Brunswick, OH
Product Development Brunswick, OH
Concept Art/Comic Books Brunswick, OH
MAC & PC Brunswick, OH
More About Me
comic books, travel, film, art history, reading, toys, and exercising.
Work Experience:
Product Development 08/2007 - 08/2008
Wild Republic (K & M International, Inc.), Twinsburg, OH
Worked with a talented staff to help produce a strong line of toys and plush from concept to final product.
• Simultaneously managed several hundred projects.
• Responsible for design, revision and approval of all individual projects as well as making sure they each meet and exceed all safety standards worldwide.
• Worked on cutting edge eco-friendly products for 2009 product line.
• Designed custom projects for Disney, Sea World Australia, Borders, the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Natural History Museum in London, Pittsburgh Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, etc.
• Traveled to China, New York and Chicago to gain a knowledge of competitors and the toy industry as a whole.
• Helped to develop the 2009 product line, said to be one of the strongest lines in the companies 25+ year history.

Graphic Designer 02/2007 - 08/2007
ABC Signs & Graphics Inc., Strongsville, OH
Designed, printed and organized projects for large-scale printing and Sign Company.
• Produced business cards, brochures, ads, banners and car wraps.
• Responsible for all artwork development and printing on all media.
• Installed signs and vinyl graphics onsite.
• Developed hands-on vinyl and car wrap application skills.
• Helped streamline production processes for optimal results.

Art Director / Graphic Designer 11/2004 - 12/2005
Wizard Graphics, Inc. , Bowling Green, OH
Prepared and designed all artwork for small screen-printing and embroidery business.
• Created custom artistry, logos, and drawings to client specifications.
• Interacted with customers daily to gain artwork approval or changes.
• Met all deadlines.
• Developed new projects consistently to support new clientele.
• Worked exclusively with Bowling Green State University athletics department.
8/1995 – 12/2000 COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration
College Honors: Scholarship, Dean’s List
Organizations / Affilations:
• Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Member 2006-2008
• Cleveland Public Art Member 2006-2008
• Featured artist at Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood, OH 2008-2009
J. Christopher Schmidt is located in Brunswick, OH and has the following skills: Drawing, Adobe Suite, Illustration/Painting, Product Development, Concept Art/Comic Books, MAC & PC
Computers / IT, Art / Creative
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My Skills


Category: Art / Creative
I pride myself on being able to draw most anything out of my head. Although I consider myself a figurative artist, first and foremost, I enjoy drawing and designing any number of subjects on paper and with a wacom tablet.
Relevant Education / Credentials
I have been drawing since I was very young, Degree in Illustration, 8+ years freelance and on the job experience.
Years Experience: 20

Adobe Suite

Category: Art / Creative
I consider myself a digital artist although I often times start with a sketch done with pencil and paper. I am very comfortable with many programs and digital software. I am also familiar with HTML and website designing software.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Classes taken in college and then used to develop my own portfolio website for the past 8 years.
Years Experience: 9


Category: Art / Creative
I started working with several mediums around high school and developed them further in college. Since then I have used them on the job and for freelance work.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Many base classes such as figure drawing, color theory and oil painting were required courses at CCAD.
Years Experience: 15

Product Development

Category: Art / Creative
I designed toys, mainly plush, for a year while on a Product development team. Here I project managed several hundred projects from concept to final design. I coordinated with several manufacturers in China, India, and Korea. Although I only worked one year in this industry I believe that my experinece and skill as a designer, concept artist and illustrator was developed well before this position.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Design classes in college and during this position I traveled to China and New York and learned many invaluable lessons about the industry.
Years Experience: 1

Concept Art/Comic Books

Category: Art / Creative
I have been designing my own comic book characters, environments and vehicles since I was a child. I further developed those in high school, college and now as a freelance artist.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Have been reading and studying comics/ concept art and character design for several years.
Years Experience: 12


Category: Computers / IT
I am comfortable on both MAC and PC platforms.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Used MAC in college and have owned a PC since the 1980s.
Years Experience: 12