Background

 

PROVIDING CREATIVE SERVICES FOR BUSINESS IN THE U.S., CANADA, U.K., AND AUSTRALIA SINCE 1975

ILLUSTRATION
Architectural, Medical, Technical, Scientific & Narrative

IMAGE EDITING
Digital Painting and Photo Retouching

ARCHITECTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHICS
Sign design, trade show exhibit design & mural creation

Cartersart represents a number of printers from around the Midwest. We have sought out the best in offset lithography, web offset printing, flexographic label printing and large format digital printing for exhibits and displays. We have developed reprint programs that will save money without sacrificing print quality.

EDUCATION

2008
Michigan State University FDA  “Label compliance workshop”
1996
Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation “Dynamic Web Design”
Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation “Web Resources for Creatives”
1995
Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation “Designing Web Graphics”
1990
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI. 1 yr. study in computer design and illustration, I was placed on “President’s List of Scholarly Achievers”
1985
Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation, “Marker Layout Techniques”
1976
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. 3 yrs. study in fine art (painting and printmaking)
1974
Institudo de Allende, San Migeal de Allende, Mexico.  Drop-in 1 semester, studies in fine art printmaking
1973
Ferris State College, Big Rapids, MI. I received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design
1969
Basic Training, U.S. Navy
Aviation Electrician “A” school, U.S. Navy

TECHNICAL SKILLS

DIGITAL DESIGN  – 26 years experience with Digital Art. I am using Macintosh OSX

SOFTWARE – Primary tools, Adobe Creative Suite

My background has been equally divided between graphic design and illustration.
I have served as production artist, illustrator, art director and creative director for corporations as well as agencies.
A good deal of my career was spent working for advertising agencies and design studios in Chicago.
Most of my design work has been used for corporate communications, corporate identity, national advertising and
package design. I have also provided exhibit design to a variety of clients.
Illustrations I have produced are used for a wide variety of applications. Working with computers in both vector and
raster environments, airbrushes, and pastels, I produce technical, medical and narrative Illustrations.
Having studied fine art for most of my life, I am quite comfortable with acrylics, watercolors and pastels.

Cartersart.com
Freelance artist in the lansing Area, working for local, national and international Clients.

Hydrodynamics International Inc., Lansing MI   1995 to 2005
Creative/Marketing Communications — independent
I created all the marketing materials for this company since its creation until 2005.  Responsibilities include naming, branding, labeling and advertising horticultural products.  We use full page color national ads in 6 publications as
well as collateral materials for all products.

SouthNet Telecomm Services Inc., Grand Haven, MI  1997 – 2000
Creative/Marketing Communications Director
Marketed the STSI national voice over internet protocol telephony long distance network (first and largest in the world)

Holland Log Homes, Holland, MI 1996 – 1997
Creative/Marketing Communications Consultant, Designer, Director
One year project serving as the advertising and creative director responsible for producing a new national ad campaign and 100 page catalog/design guide. Other duties included dealer promotional materials, architectural illustration, exhibit work, outdoor signage and web art. While at Holland log homes I provided communication arts to affiliated companies.

Holland Litho Service, East Lansing MI 1993 – 1996
Lead Designer and Design Department Manager
Served as creative director managing an in-house advertising and design group. I handled most all client contact for this department (sales and customer service). Responsibilities included design, Illustration, copywriting, management and account executive duties forHolland Litho clients.

James Carter/Blue Coast Studios,  Holland MI.
Art director, designer and illustrator for a large variety of clients in the West Michigan area. Included in this client group
were Nordstrom/Cox Mkt., Beardsley & Co., Valentine-Bear-Woodruff & Filery, Village Graphics, and Ralph Kaufman Artists. Most of my work was supplied by Howard Miller Clock Co. and Herman Miller Incorporated. During this period I provided exhibit designs to The Derse Company (Custom Exhibits), for Eaton, 3m Surgical, Roundy’s Foods and others.

Freelance artist in Chicago, IL 1982 – 1986
Worked primarily for ad agencies and design shops. (Paul Altman Design,  Ambrosi & Associates., Steve Meek Design, Ad Systems, Inc., Henning Rasmussen & Associates., International Harvester and Quaker Oats.)

Jack Mahoney & Associates,  Chicago, IL 1982 – 1986
Graphic Designer and Illustrator
Created hundreds of package designs and illustrations for Sears Craftsmen. Produced Advertising Design for International Harvester and Quaker Oats.

Ad-Art Inc. Traverse City, MI  1977 – 1979
Sign Designer
I designed signage and environmental graphics in Northern Michigan Including Cherryland Mall and Alpena Mall.

Michael Dorsey Advertising, Cadillac, MI. 1974 – 1975
Summer Job while attending Ferris State University. General graphic design and production art.

Murals painted

Logos Created

Fine Art Painted

Clients