Nicole Novak

Twitter: @Nikki_Cat

Career Summary

Highly creative and multitalented illustration professional with over four years of graphic design, production and animation experience. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills, dynamic team player with well-developed written and verbal communication abilities. Analytical decision maker with excellent problem solving skills in a fast paced environment with customer service experience.


Capsmith, Inc.- Sanford, FL                 

Graphic Artist/Illustrator – June 2016-Present

  • Ability to think and perform creative tasks on a daily basis in a fast based, production art environment.
  • Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size and style, and related aesthetic concepts.
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layouts for approval.
  • Prepares finished art, including selection of materials, thread and print colors for overseas production.
  • Communicates with sales department regarding customer needs.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Researches and applies current and future fashion trends to existing categories of headwear.


Sparrow Innovations, Inc.- Sanford, FL                 

Graphic Designer – February 2016-June 2016

  • Design and develop products, packaging and mockups for the arts and crafts industry.
  • Measure, weigh and document all mockups.


Nightwheel Pictures- San Francisco, CA                 

Production Assistant – May 2015-Present

  • Work directly with Producer and the Production Manager to keep them informed of production status, resource needs and schedule shifts, and communicate any potential challenges.
  • Organize and maintain project schedule and assets.
  • Work with supervisors and artists to review shots and formulate tasks, assignments and due dates.
  • Serve as liaison between supervisors and artists, track and report progress, and manage artist tasks to stay on schedule.
  • Attend weekly/daily production meetings to track notes, follow-ups, and action items.
  • Participate and oversee remote studio and overseas work as required.
  • Design websites and electronic press kits.


Celtic Chicago- Niles, IL

Freelance Designer –July 2015-October 2015

  • Creates concepts and designs for banner ads, trade show booths, print ads and other business to business needs of clients as well as other tasks and duties assigned by management.
  • Ability to follow required specs for size placement and other standards.
  • Creates mockups of product for approval.
  • Demonstrates ability to archive images and files in accordance with company best practices for later retrieval.


Boombah- Yorkville, IL

Graphic Designer –September 2014-June 2015

  • Creates concepts and designs for apparel, signage and other tasks and duties assigned by management.
  • Ability to follow required specs for size placement and other standards.
  • Creates mockups of product for customer approval.
  • Demonstrates ability to archive images and files in accordance with company best practices for later retrieval.
  • Organize and maintain the design queue. List who is working on what mockup, where it is in production, and how many mockups each artist has.
  • Work with artists and supervisors to review tasks, assignments and due dates.
  • Track and report progress and tasks.
  • Attend weekly meetings.
  • Work directly with supervisor to keep informed of production status and potential issues.
  • Proven in project management.

Graphic Artist- January 2013-September 2014

  • Ability in a wide variety of tasks including everyday production art, custom illustration and design work for clients, apparel design, custom presentations, template design, customer service and setting up files for print.
  • Ability to produce high quality artwork very accurately in a fast passed, creative environment.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills interacting with customers and various internal departments.
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrated technical ability and creativity used with Corel Draw, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), Microsoft Office and MacOSX.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work well under pressure.
  • Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility in carrying out various work assignments.
  • Self-disciplined and self-managed to achieve a high level of performance.
  • Proven ability to train new artists.


NikkiCat Art                          

Freelance Artist- May 2008-Present

  • Self-motivated to deliver excellent service with website design, business card design, custom murals, pet portraits and other illustrations.
  • Participate in local craft shows. Proven experience with set-up, applications and pricing. Demonstrate adaptability and creativity.
  • Ability to manage invoices, self-promotion and meeting clients needs. Ability to manage multiple tasks and work well under tight deadlines reliably.



Ringling College of Art and Design – Sarasota, FL                    

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Illustration – 2010
  • Additional classes in film, 3D animation, 2D animation, graphic design, web design, modeling, rigging, visual development, storyboarding and children’s books.


Computer & Art Skills/Techniques

  • Representational figure, animal and object painting/drawing and illustration. Experience in design, graphic design, animation, visual development, web design, film, directing, photography and children’s books. Additional capabilities in sculpture and ceramics. Knowledge of social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Skilled with dry and wet media and traditional and digital medias.
  • Two years experience in traditional and 3D animation/modeling
  • Able to use Mac and PC platforms. Well versed with all digital platforms. Able to use Wacom intuos and Cintiq. Well versed in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, WordPress, Premiere, Corel Painter, Sketchbook Pro, Manga Studio, Art Rage, Maya, Google SketchUp, Google Docs, iWorks Suite, Skype, FTP, Shotgun and MS office. Basic knowledge of many common programs and computer problems.


Recognition – Awards – Internships

  • Featured in Ringling’s 2008 Illust of Ill juried show.
  • On President’s List Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.
  • Completed the Disney College Program Internship
  • Completed Character Deign Mentorship with Anthony Jones
  • Finalist for Motivarti Mentorship Program