Illustrator, Writer, Story Artist

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Desired salary: $60,000.00
Desired position type: Full-Time/ Part-Time/ Contract
Location: Portland Maine, United States

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15 years as a working artist. I have a fine arts education which I have applied to comic books, book illustrations, film storyboarding and concept art. I am an on-my-feet creative problem-solver that loves creating worlds and characters no matter the medium.


BFA, Fine Arts, magna cum laude, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1992



I am an Illustrator and visual storyteller applying my craft to comic books, video projects, websites, graphic design, animations and software applications.


Fine Art techniques including, watercolor, pencil, ink, sculpture, oil and acrylic painting.
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Corel Painter. Learning Scultoris (3-D program)
Flash, HTML, and DreamWeaver.
9+ years marketing, promotion and trade show experience.
Storyboarding and conceptual art for comic books and film.
Writing, both creative and copy.
Copyrighting and grant-writing.

Current Position

Owner, Joel Zain Rivers Illustration June, 1999-Present
15 years professional illustration experience

Recent Freelancing Experience

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) October, 2013-Present
Creation of comic strip starring “Prudence the Privacy Pro” for newsletter.

Burgess Advertising & Marketing October, 2013
Full-Color storyboards for 4 TV spots

Crazy Dick’s Cajun Foods March, 2011-September, 2011
Character Design for labels and logo
Label design and typography

Sillywood Animation Studios January, 2011- Dec, 2013
Rockridge CA
Script, Storyboards, & Concept Art for animated short

Past Creative Experience

Partner & Founder at Out For Justice February, 2012-May 2014
Writing, Illustrating, Storyboards for All-Ages adventure series.
Pitching concepts to TV producers and Publishers
Attending trade shows
Website design
Out For Justice Clients

Dark Rose Studios: “Wraith” maquette June, 2013-October, 2013
2-D Designs for character sculpture

“Palindroam” February, 2013-July, 2013
Scriptwriting , Conception and illustration of characters and scenes of original company-owned TV pitch

N &H Productions: “Skeleton Crew” February, 2012-Present
Scriptwriting, conception & illustration of characters and animation assets for “motion comic” for co-creator in Norway

Personal Freelancing

Northland Enterprises, LLC May, 2010 – October, 2010
Portland, ME
Designing logo for real estate company, Website Design, Business cards, etc. Liaison with printer

Earthquake Diagrams December, 2009
Treasure Bay Books, We Both Can Read, LLC
San Francisco, CA
Researched and created detailed, scientifically accurate, full-color diagrams of plate tectonics for elementary school aged audience.

iAllosaur iPhone Application February, 2009-December 2009
Idvance, LLC
New York, NY
Researched, illustrated and animated images for interactive, scientifically accurate, educational software, and provided copy for information section.
Freelancing Clients (continued)

3 Boys Productions July, 2009
Melbourne, FL
Penciled, Inked and added digital color for 7 pages of comic.
Professional lettering and editing.

“The Tell Tale Heart”, ”Cask of Amontillado” October, 2007-July, 2008
Tale Tube, LLC
Hannicker, NH
Storyboards, sketches and concept art based on scripts written by 3rd party.
170+ Finished, full-color illustrations, some animated, for 2 Edgar Allen Poe

“Brokenhearted in Bakersfield” February, 2006-March 2007
Ulele Gasworks, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Editing comic script based on 3rd party story for client, creation of storyboards.
21 pages full-color comic book illustrations, including lettering and cover.
Digital pre-pressing of printing files, liaison with printer.
Designed and build promotional website in Flash and HTML.

“Along The Canadian” September 2002-April, 2005
DBA Obion Comics
Portland, ME
Script writing and storyboards for comic project
Finished art, lettering, and digital pre-pressing of initial comic project.
Grant writing to foundation for funding.
Wrote and illustrated nationally distributed, 6 issue comic series, or 145 pages.

“Tournament 2 Win” September 2001
What You Say?! Productions, inc.
San Francisco, CA
Initial sketches & finished character designs.

“The Beginning of the Chumash” July, 1998-April 2001
Indigenous Youth Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA
Concept art for film and children’s book based on Chumash Nation creation story.
Created 20 full-color digital “paintings” for use in film and book.
Credit animation for film.

Non-Creative Experience

Project Assistant at Eagle Point Companies. LLC December, 2010-Present
Portland, Maine
Special operational projects
Administration and File Management support
Marketing, website design graphic design.

Administrative Assistant at Eagle Point Companies, LLC January, 2004-July, 2009
Portland, Maine
Phones, mail and shipping.
Vendors and operations liaison.
Administration and file management support
Travel arranging.
Marketing graphic design.

Operations Manager at Center of Electronic Arts March, 2001-November, 2001
San Francisco, CA
Operations oversight for computer arts school and oversight of Intern pool.
Office management and vendor liaison.
Community outreach.

Shift Supervisor at Starbucks Coffee Company January, 1999-March, 2001
San Francisco, CA
Customer service, training, food preparation.

Assistant Manager at Pasqua Coffee Company October 1994-December,1998
San Francisco, CA
Training, scheduling baristas.
Vendor orders and maintenance.

Retail Sales at The Nature Company March1993-November 1993
San Francisco, CA

Retail Sales at Enlightened Sights May 1992-June 1993
Santa Barbara, CA

Education and Awards

2003-Xeric Foundation Grant for Comic Book Self-Publishing

1999-2001-Center For Electronic Art-Classes in HTML, Flash, Storyboarding.

1992-Bachelor of Fine Arts, Humboldt State University (magna cum laude). Also took classes in Acting, Science, Ethnic Studies and Anthropology. Worked in Theatre Dept in Prop Room, and as a Theater Tech.


  • Illustration (15 years), Adobe Suite, Corel, Flash, HTML, Java, CSS


    Art History, Color Theory, Fine Art, Team Management, training

Spoken Languages

    English (Fluent)

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