AKA Cari "MiX" Garafalo

IT Rep by Day, Artist by night.
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I'm always looking for something new to try out, and am the go-to person my clients come to when they have an unusual job that doesn't fit most artists' skillsets. I enjoy the challenge of exploring new materials and methods, as well as rediscovering dying arts.

Specializing in

icon Visual Arts:

  • Illustration
  • Children's Books
  • Posters/Banners
  • Character Design
  • Logos
  • T-shirts
  • Graphic Design
  • 2D Animation
  • Pixel Art/Sprites
  • Themes/skins
  • UI/UX
  • Branding

icon Artisan Crafts:

  • Sculpture
  • Plush/textiles
  • Felting/cross-stitch/embroidery
  • Popotillo
  • Screen-pritning/Digital Printing
  • Stamp-making/Movable Type
  • Costumes/Prop-making/TD&P
  • Metalworking/Welding
  • Woodworking

icon Tech:

  • Web Design & Copy Edits
  • QA/Testing
  • Game Design
  • Documentation
  • Tutorials & Knowledge Base
  • Customer Support/Instruction
  • Linux Administration (LAMP)

Portfolio

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Here's some quick examples of my works.

If you'd like to see more, I have a blog where I post additional works, sketches, and progress compilations.

About

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Art originally was a childhood pastime which became a hobby while I worked in IT for nearly a decade. While at companies such as UK2 Group, Data Foundry, Wired Tree, and Percipia I authored comics, developed video games for PC and Nintendo DS, built websites, sculpted statuettes, and made countless personal and commissioned illustration works.

In 2015 I started freelancing, focusing on the arts. I've worked through the Upwork network, as a contractor, and one-on-one. I've taught art at Magical Minds Studios, as well as my own art livestream on Twitch, produced branding, logos, and themes for Twitch streamers, developed video games for mobile, produced large-scale sculptures, prototyped a custom plush with internal electronics, routine copy-edits, and numerous other illustration and design works.

In my free time I listen to Swing music, host livestream art classes, watch shows like Star Trek TNG, and play video games, especially Zelda and Pokemon.

I appreciate Art Deco, Retro Wave, and enjoy calm days at home with my husband who I collaborate with on many projects.

I also fly RC airplanes, do my own automotive work, and relish in tidiness.

Hire

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I'm open to just about any creative task, be it a small one-off or a project of any scale. I can work with you one-on-one or as a member of your team.

Need me in-person at your worksite? For anyone located in Chicago, I'm available weekdays between 10am and 4pm (for other locations you'll need to arrange for transportation and lodging).

Please feel free to reach out to me with the contact form below so we can get started!

I accept direct commissions, payable via Paypal, Credit Card, or cheque. Have an invoice that's due? I have a handy widget floating to the right (looks like a little credit card) that'll pop up the payment portal right here on this page for your convenience. How cool is that?!

Contact & Availability

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I'm available anywhere you are thanks to the internet and shipping, or in-person within the Chicago area as mentioned in the "Hire" section. Feel free to reach out to me.

I can usually respond same-day.

P.O. BOX 47046,
Chicago, IL, 60647, USA