Maria Pena
Illustration, Trinity Beach Queensland Australia
 
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Contact details
PO BOX 111
TRINITY BEACH QLD 4879
Tel: +61 419335887 Fax: +61 3 99883942
Brief Summary
Illustrator specialising in rendering storyboards for the Advertising, Film and Television Industries.
I work remotely with clients in Australia and overseas using Skype for briefing sessions and delivering illustrations via email or digital download.

Specialties
Digital Storyboards and Visuals, Concept Art, Concept Development, Character Development, Sequential Art
Clients
Clemenger Harvie Edge, J Walter Thompson, Campaign Palace, Leo Burnett, BWM, Exit Films, Prodigy Films, Finch, The Sweet Shop, @Radical Media, Partizan Entertainment (US, UK, France) Anonymous Content (US), Mothership (US), Black+Cameron (China) B-Reel Films (Sweden) and many more.

Professional Experience

Experience

Freelance Storyboard and Concept Artist 
1989 - Present (23 years)
Working with Art Directors in the advertising industry I produce storyboards and visuals (comps) for the purpose of presenting ad campaign concepts to corporate clients.
I also have extensive experience producing layered artwork for the production of animatics, straight from script form or from a storyboard.
Working with film directors I produce shooting storyboards presenting the correct camera angles, lens, lighting and locations as a visual reference of the director's creative vision. This is to assist the director to communicate with the client and crew in the filming of television ads, feature films or television shows. Working with production designers I create concept art, set and prop visuals as required.
I produce character designs for clients from rough to finished art. Other skills include comic book art and editorial illustrations.


21 recommendations available upon request

Art Director at Us Advertising
1991 - 1992 (1 year)
As part of a creative team I worked from a brief with a copywriter, generating ideas to present to the client. I worked on medical advertisements for the company's healthcare branch.
Commissioned specialists, such as artists and photographers, to work on projects.
Managed projects and worked within a budget, editing the final results for presentation to the client. Designed logos and corporate identity graphics for clients.


Art Director at McCann Worldgroup - Melbourne
1987 - 1989 (2 years)
As part of a creative team I worked from a brief with a copywriter, generating ideas to present to the client. I worked on designs to produce an effective advertising campaign.
Commissioned specialists, such as artists and photographers, to work on projects.
Managed projects and worked within a budget, editing the final results for presentation to the client. Designed logos and corporate identity graphics for clients, notably the Holden Motorsport logo which later evolved into the HSV logo.


Visualiser at McCann Worldgroup - Melbourne
1984 - 1987 (3 years)

 Working with the agency's art directors I produced storyboards, visuals (comps) and illustrations for use as presentation tools and/or publication in advertisements.

Visualiser - Part time at McCann Worldgroup - El Salvador
1983 - 1984 (1 year)
 Working in the art department I produced storyboards for the creative director and assisted the art director producing illustrations, logos and other materials for advertising purposes.
I worked with the creative director generating ideas for advertisements.
I produced finished art for newspaper advertisements.
At the time I was enrolled in a Bachelor of Graphic Design course at Jose Matias Delgado
University in San Salvador, which I attended in the afternoons.

Intern - Art Department at McCann Worldgroup - El Salvador
1981 - 1982 (1 year)
 Working as an unpaid intern in the art department I learned to produce storyboards for the creative director and assisted the art director producing illustrations, logos and other materials for advertising purposes.
I learned to use markers and other techniques to produce illustrations and began my life-long love affair with the Advertising Industry.


Projects
Feature Film: The Eye of the Storm
March 2010 to March 2010


Members: Maria Pena, Fred Schepisi/ Director, Sandy Stevens/ Production Manager, Celine Ruse/ Assistant to Fred Schepisi

I worked with Director Fred Schepisi storyboarding special effects heavy scenes for this feature, notably the storm sequence.
Winner of The Age critics award for best Australian feature at the Melbourne International Film Festival. In Cinemas September 15 2011



Skills & Expertise
 Lateral Thinking,  Drawing Skills,  Creative Visualization,  Storyboarding,
Digital Illustration, Comic Book Art.

Software:  
Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, InDesign CS6) 
Corel Painter 12, Toon Boom Storyboard Pro,  â€¨â€¨Google Sketchup, Bryce, 
Poser Pro, 
DAZ studio
, AcrobatPro 


Languages: 
English, Spanish, German, some  Italian and French

Education:
Universidad Dr Jose Matias Delgado
Bachelor - unfinished, Graphic Design, 1983 - 1984 Activities and Societies: Volleyball Team

Escuela Alemana de San Salvador
 HSC- Humanities, Latin American Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, 1976 - 1982 Activities and Societies: Student Council, School Choir, Volleyball team. Participant in 6 Weeks Student Exchange Program in Germany 1981.

Interests
Art & Design, Cinema, Travel, Photography, Surfing, Cycling.

 
Awards and Recognition
21 + recommendations available upon request
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