Art by Breanne "Cari" Carlson

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 that lead me to the Oakland School for the Arts. After relocating to Chicago art 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 via the Upwork network, as a direct contractor, and one-on-one with individuals. This included a wide breadth of tasks:

  • branding, logos, and themes for Twitch streamers/YouTubers/individuals.
  • Developing video games.
  • UI/UX work for mobile, web, and hardware.
  • Crafting large-scale sculptures (over 8 feet tall) for a traveling museum exhibit, as well as numerous Articulated Puppeteer Lanterns for the Lumin8 Arts In The Dark parades.
  • prototyped a custom plush with IOT electronics.
  • published award-winning illustrated books.
  • Traditional paintings of scenes from clients' dreams.
  • ...The list goes on, really. We'll be here all day.

I've taught videogame art/animation as well as robotics as a volunteer for the Chicago Public Schools District, as a fulltime teacher at Magical Minds Studios, as well as my own art livestream on Twitch.

In my free time I listen to Swing-era music, keep a vast garden in the warm months, 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