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Leslie McGrath | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Apr 10, 2014

Leslie McGrath

Big Agency Talent in One Versatile Artist
   United States
  |   Haverhill, MA
  |  7:44 am Local Time

Overview

I am a versatile professional with a keen insight for knowing how to transform each clients needs into stunning and effective visuals. I have extensive experience in creating dynamic art combined with a thorough understanding of the most up to date digital software and a clear understanding of 4/color printing. You can be assured that your job is being overseen from start to finish, by a seasoned professional.

ILLUSTRATIONS/ PAINTINGS/ VECTOR ART/ DIAGRAMS/ TEXTBOOK/ LAYOUTS/ ICONS/ BACKGROUNDS/ CHILDREN'sBOOK/ COVERS

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Jul 27, 2013|Other - Design|Private|Completed
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Jul 2, 2013|Illustration|Private|Completed
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Oct 16, 2012|Graphic Design|Private|Working
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Aug 8, 2012|Illustration|Private|Working
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Portfolio

Infographic depicting Avian Flu transmission
Web sire mascot
diagram for sport fishing
First Aid diagram for Red Cross App
Infographic depicting comparative functions of Left and Right Brain
This is an interior doublepage spread of the children's book, "ClydeScope"
This is an interior doublepage spread of the children's book, "ClydeScope"
original image created to accompany reading book
Original illustration was used in a Reading Series published by Curriculum Associates,...
Original image done in black and white for Little Brown and Company
Original illustration was used in a Reading Series published by Curriculum Associates,...
This is the cover for the 38 page children's book, "ClydeScope"
Original illustration was used in a Reading Series published by Curriculum Associates,...

Skills (6)

Tested
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Textlook layout and illustration
Quark Xpress
Corel Painter 8
Adobe InDesign

Service Description

After thirteen years of honing my craft while employed by corporate design departments, ad agencies and publishers, I became an independent contractor in 1993 and established my own company, McGrath Illustration and Design. Through my sixteen years as an independent contractor, I have easily developed long term relationships with many clients. They have come to trust my dedication to providing successful, usable solutions to their projects by developing their concepts with expert illustration and outstanding design.

Even before the mac computer revolutionized 4/color prepress design, I was able to draw marker comps to dazzle prospective clients, spec type, paste-up mechanicals, cut overlays and specify colors in cmyk , all without seeing how it would all look, until it was printed. If every computer should suddenly lose it's charge, I could still produce any art job.
In 1991 I was introduced to desktop publishing and learned to use Quark Express to layout and design books and catalogs for educational publishing
In 1992 I also began creating digital illustration, drawing directly onto the computer using a wacom tablet. I have been perfecting this process for 17 years
I now have advanced proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Corel Paint.
I Have 25 years experience seeing projects from concept through completion with a thorough knowledge of 4 color process printing.

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Employment

Highlights for Children Magazine
freelance illustrator
1998 - Present
I have been contracted for many illustrations to accompany articles in this renowned children's magazine.
Peace Pies
logo, business cards, stationery and product labels
2008 - 2008
This hip new company which features a unique menu of vegan delicacies needed a fresh and distinctive look for it's logo to be used for it's storefront sign, it's product labels, t-shirts, ads...
Jillian and Me, Inc.
Children's book designer and illustrator
2007 - 2008
I was responsible for every aspect of the design and 4/color illustration of this 48 page published children's book "According to Angels" from concept through printing.
Chameleon Publishing Services
freelance illustrator, designer
1993 - 2008
This client has kept me very busy for fifteen years. They appreciate my ability to deliver quality design and illustration in a variety of styles and mediums.
Curriculum Associates, Inc.
Art Director, Staff Illustrator
1985 - 2008
I have produced literally hundreds of educational books as well as many company catalogs and promotional materials for this long standing K-12 publisher. After working as a full time, in-house...
Little Sprouts Childhood Enrichment Centers
book illustration and design
2007 - 2007
I designed and illustrated a highly successful 32 page coloring book which served as a marketing promotion for this growing company. My expertise included concept development, book layout, double...
Junior Gym
game designer
2000 - 2001
A game called Gym Time was designed for this client who runs a very successful children's gym. They came to me with a rough concept which I transformed into a colorful preschool gameboard which...
Little Brown, and Co.
book illustrator
1999 - 1999
Black and white brush illustrations to accompany the book "The Tiger's Eye, The Bird's Fist" by Louise Rafkin
Kelley Associates
staff designer
1984 - 1984
This small ad agency required a variety of design and illustration skills to produce ads, brochures, and data sheets.
AMICA Mutual Insurance
Corporate Design Art Director
1981 - 1984
This large and reputable insurance company had just begun this Inhouse Corporate Design Department when I was hired to oversee the creatiion of a wide variety of corporate literature and training...

Education

Rhode Island School of Design
Bachelor of fine arts degree
1976 - 1980

Keywords

illustrations
vector
children's
diagrams
layouts
covers
graphics
info-graphics
painting
Adobe Creative Suite
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