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, please feel free to reach out to me with the contact info listed below so we can get started. In the meantime, to give you an idea of my rates, here's an approximate listing of some price estimates for my most popular services.

These estimates range from super simple work to fairly complex.

I accept direct commissions, payable via Paypal or cheque.

Note: "existing assets" are things like official game art, drawings already done for you, or some other image or file you're free to use.

"Lead time" is how soon I can usually finish it by, schedule permitting.

icon Twitch Streamer Resources

    Logo:

  • A vectorized, text-based, with hand-drawn lettering, may be accompanied by a simple character/mascot glyph.
  • Lead time: 1-5 days
  • $30-70
  • Avatar/Character/Emote:

  • A drawing of one character, can be used as an avatar, an asset in banners, one of any number of emotes, in theme overlays, on merch, etc.
  • Lead time: 1-5 days
  • $35-$75
  • Twitch Animation Upgrade:

  • An animated .gif version of an Avatar/Character/Emote/Overlay; includes up to 10 entirely redrawn cels, or a runtime of 5 seconds with computer-assisted tweening. This upgrade should be ordered at the same time as the original item that is to be animated (so that the illustration can be tooled to animate smoothly). Animating a pre-existing item may require additional work, prices may vary in those cases.
  • Lead time: 1 week
  • $50-$125
  • Overlays:

  • A single overlay screen, can be for an active screen, pre-stream, intermission, offline, etc., optionally can have a simple repeating animation, and can include existing assets.
  • Lead time: 1-5 days
  • $10-$15
  • Banner:

  • A Banner for your userpage, making use of existing assets.
  • Lead time: 1-2 days
  • $10
  • Panel Set:

  • A set of up to 10 Panels for your userpage, making use of existing assets.
  • Lead time: 1-2 days
  • $10

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    Pixel Art/2D Game Assets:

  • A single game asset, can be bitmap (painterly or pixel art) or vector. Consistes of one subject (character/object/effect/HUD Attribute/etc.), resulting in one tile. Animation upgrades are available.
  • Lead time: 1-2 days
  • $15-25 per-asset.
  • Pixel/Asset Animation Upgrade:

  • An animated .gif or sprite sheet version of a Pixel Art/2D Game Asset; includes up to 10 entirely redrawn cels, or a runtime of 5 seconds with computer-assisted tweening. This upgrade should be ordered at the same time as the original item that is to be animated (so that the illustration can be tooled to animate smoothly). Animating a pre-existing item may require additional work, prices may vary in those cases.
  • Lead time: 1 week
  • $10-$75
  • Small Illustration:

  • A hand-drawn picture about the size of a postcard, can be black-and-white or full color, digital or traditional.
  • Lead time: 1-2 days
  • $15-20 per-character, no background.
  • $20-50 per-character, with background.
  • Large Illustration:

  • A poster-sized hand-drawn picture, can be black-and-white or full color, digital or traditional.
  • Lead time: 1-5 days
  • $50-100 per-character, no background.
  • $75-200 per-character, with background.
  • T-shirt Design:

  • A T-shirt design ready to print at a print shop of your choice, can be black-and-white or full color.
  • Lead time: 1-5 days
  • $50-100 per-character, no background.
  • $75-200 per-character, with background.
  • Small Sculpture:

  • A polymer-clay and/or paperclay statuette under 1-foot in any dimension, primed, painted, and lacquered. Can include a stand.
  • Lead time: 2-3 weeks
  • $300-400
  • Large Sculpture:

  • An EPS sculpture under 5 feet in any dimension, primed, painted, and finished with a durable shell (can be weather-proofed). Can include a stand.
  • Lead time: 1-2 months
  • $700-$1,000
  • Plush:

  • A custom stuffed animal, designed to your specifications. If no (or insufficient) concept art is supplied, I'll do additional work to design the plush.
  • Lead time: 1-2 months
  • $200-$500

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. Feel free to reach out to me,

I can usually respond same-day.

P.O. BOX 479463,
Chicago, IL, 60647A, USA