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JQ Sirls | Elance
Last Sign-in: Aug 21, 2013

JQ Sirls

Illustrator & Graphic Designer
   United States
  |   North Hollywood, CA


Minimum Hourly Rate $16

I have 7 years of professional experience in Illustration (Children's, Digital, Freehand, Fashion), Graphic Design, Character Design, Creative Writing (stage, film, tv, books), Video Editing, Audio Editing and Perceptive Consumer Psychology (study of styles, colors, format, word choice, typography, shapes, placement that generate given emotional responses). I have 5 years in HTML CSS, and UI Design. I believe that in order to truly find the best solutions, a creative must see the value or interest from the receiver's side and create purely...

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Feb 18, 2013|Illustration|Private|Working

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Character test work for a potential children's TV show, Picture Book and/or film.
Illustration logo for the Grammy Nominated Production duo, Da Internz. Idea was to have...
The first page to my children's picture book, published and in stores late 2013.
Digital Illustration and logo for a very animated and colorful jewelry line is Los...
The stationary for wild jewelry line "The Sweetest Venom," I created the logo...
An app I've been tinkering with. I designed all that you see in the image - including...
Not everyone is made to make toys, but that doesn't mean they are less important.
Few of my recent clients. Ranging from record label, church, fashion brand, jewelry...
First two pages of a children's picture book. Written and Illustrated by myself.
I co-created the package design for 1Face. Conceptually, the goal was to make the...
Children's Picture Book text. A little tale about why children's bedrooms are so messy.
Page to my children's picture book, published and in stores late 2013.
In a style similar to "Wicked," I wrote this short story from the point of...
They refuse to be eaten. Read the tale by following the link below!
Just because he's not luxurious, doesn't mean he isn't a heavyweight champion! Read the...
"It's either US or the BANANAS!" Read the tale by following the link below!
I was the creative director for legendary R&B artist, Kenny Lattimore [EMI Records,...
An app I've been tinkering with. I designed all that you see in the image - including...
An app I've been tinkering with. I designed all that you see in the image - including...
An app I've been tinkering with. I designed all that you see in the image - including...

Skills (10)

Free Hand Illustration
Script Writing (Film - TV - Stage)
Perspective Consumer Psychology
Adobe CS6 (Photoshop - Illustrator - InDesign - Dreamweaver)
Freehand Illustration
Children's Creative Writing
Scriptwriting (Film - TV - Stage)
Graphic UX Design
Logic Pro 9

Service Description

I offer:

1. Brand Strategy & Identity Design:
Here I can design more than a logo but a functional forward shift in your brand that stretches in bringing your total idea or goals for your brand forward through shape, color, font choice, and cohesiveness across all of your services or products.

2. Illustration:
I am both a freehand and digital illustrator. I can illustrate scenes for books, scenes for mobile games, children's, icons for mobile apps, icons for computer, designs for a children's room, designs for t-shirts etc. - you dream it, I can illustrate it.

3. Children's Writing:
I don't write "for" kids, I write through the eyes of a kid. There is a deep disconnect when you struggling to write "for" an audience you don't relate to. Like a white man writing inspirational stories for a hindu. Luckily for all of us, we were kids. So as a writer, I go back to when I was a kid and put my mind back to when nonsense made sense and troubles of life haven't happen yet.... then I write. I have been trained in this field since I was 5 years old being mentors by an award winning children's author and illustrator, Don Tate; mentored by several Hallmark Cards writers and illustrators; and later (in 2007-2010) by award winning illustrator and author Shane W. Evans. I have a degree in creative writing from Rockhurst University and have published work available at bookstores around the world.

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Art Director
2011 - 2013
Helped lead in bringing the total aesthetic of the brand's main product together visually.
Creative Director
2012 - 2012
Designed brand identity and retail products under the company. Reported directly to CEO and CMO. Trade-Up was a start-up tech and apparel company based in Beverly Hills. I no longer work there due...
SincereSoul Records (Division of EMI)
Creative Director
2011 - 2012
Lead in the design of all visual collateral for the record label and for legendary R&B recording artist, Kenny Lattimore.
Sysco Foods
Graphic Designer
2010 - 2012
Created brand identities and marketing materials for various restaurants in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.
Apple Store
Creative Specialist
2010 - 2011
Assisted in creative instruction for Apple branded products, technology and solutions to customers who entered the store.
Dream Studio LLC
Creative Director
2007 - 2010
Started as an intern for Award Winning children's Illustrator, Shane W. Evans, and grew to graphic designer, senior designer and finally to creative director. Designed brands, print materials,...


Rockhurst Univeristy
Bachelor of Arts
2004 - 2010
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Creative Writing
Children's writing
Children's Illustration
My Snapshot
Design & Multimedia
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  • 12 months
  • Lifetime
Per Client
Member Since
February 2013
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