Colleen Kong-Savage
Illustration, New York New York United States
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Brief Summary
I am a NYC-based illustrator with the versatility of a chameleon. While my focus is the children's market, I also create images for business presentations, corporate greeting cards, editorial, spot illustrations for websites, among other assignments. My work often possesses the warmth and personality of handmade elements. My signature style involves lively evocative narratives concocted from cut and collaged papers. My black and white technique of choice involves pen and ink. Other mediums in which I work are gouache, watercolor, color pencils, and Adobe Illustrator. My visual know-how includes a proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and is complemented by solid writing skills and a fine arts background.
Friends & Farms, Luke's Cleaning, Emerald City Opera, Saint Barnabus Hospital, New Video Group, Lighthouse International, The Anderson School and other NYC public schools, Luminous Body, Financial Samurai, See-See Multimedia, Groundfloor Exercise Studio, Black Van Consulting
Professional Experience

Graphic artist with over 10 years experience in illustration and design. Graphics expertise is fed by fine arts background and skills in production and copywriting. Hard-working, flexible team player who takes initiative.


Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator. Production: mechanicals, image retouching. Illustration in paper collage, pen & ink, watercolor, gouache, and Adobe Illustrator.


Freelance illustrator & designer
Enhancing business presentations and websites through illustration. Creating images and characters for picture books, greeting cards, posters, t-shirts, apps. Focusing on, but not limited to, the children’s market. Developing brand identity for small businesses through logo design, copy writing, and creating consistent design language through subsequent materials: business cards, stationery, web banners, press kits, ads, and more, taking jobs from concept to print.

Public relations & sales
Raised visibility of store after initiating annual group show, Counter Culture. Procured sponsorship of Counter Culture from National Arts Club. Publicity campaign resulted in press coverage of show and store in CBS News (Scott Rappaport, 2003) and front page of the New York Times Art Section (Julie Salamon, 2004).

NEW VIDEO GROUP (1995-1999)
Graphic artist
Produced layouts for video packaging. Created materials for sales department
to use in presentations: mock-ups of packaging, sell sheets, presentation boards, and promotional fliers. Enhanced company communications visually: creating spot illustrations for website, illustrating corporate greeting cards, gift packaging, and miscellaneous in-house materials.


Graphic artist
Led children in collaborative classroom art projects, which each raised $1500+ at annual fundraiser. Illustrated and designed t-shirts, fliers, posters, and brochures for school events. Edited and provided cohesive art direction for yearbook designed by volunteer team of varying skill levels and styles.

NEW YORK CARES (2001-2005)
Mural artist
Designed and drafted murals for public schools. Coordinated projects with busy school officials and teams of often-untrained volunteer painters, which required organization and clarity in both communication and mural design to ensure succesful execution of painting. My project with PS2 was featured in NY1 News (10/20/2002).


CREATIVE PAPER QUILTS (2008 Lark Books, edited by Terri Stegmiller) Contributed artwork to crafts book.Wrote instructional text and created diagrams.


SMITH COLLEGE (BA) Northampton, MA ◆ Studio Art major

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (MFA) New York, NY ◆ Fiction Writing

ART STUDENTS LEAGUE  New York, NY ◆ Merit Scholarship

Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Awards and Recognition
Art Students League Merit Scholarship
Gertrude Spencer Prize for Fiction Writing
Augusta Jordan Prize for Fiction Writing
UNITY Art Search - First Prize

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