Robert Blankenship
Illustration, Charlotte North Carolina United States
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Brief Summary
Just another Graphic Designer currently plundering the past for my chance to visit the future.

Part-time rogue, general scoundrel and occasional miscreant. Character Creator, Monster Curator and self professed Illustrator. Into ghosts, ghouls, snob-goblins and all critters of the night. I prefer the edges to the center. And I type!

You can usually find me riding a bike and whistling at frogs. I Love dogs, graffiti art, DC and indie comics, DIY, bad movies, Garage punk music, MST3K, and monsters of all types and stripes.

I get a buzz seeing something I created in print, or "liked", or even "Paid in full".

Meanwhile, I seek to share my imagination with others. I AM PaperGhostDesign.. and I rule tiny worlds!

2011 is off to a great start and is keeping me busy working with a lot of new people as well as some regulars! Recent clients include t-shirt design for the charity website Illustration work for and label designs for HanaleiWestCo. as well as my personal work under the banner name: PaperGhostDesign.
Professional Experience
My objective is to advance my career as a graphic designer by effectively communicating my vision and imagination to others.

Proficient with Adobe CS3 Suite, my specialty programs are Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Other programs: QuarkXpress, Microsoft Exel, Microsoft Word, and both the Macintosh and PC creative environment.
To a lesser extent I have used Adobe Flash, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Fireworks.

1988 - 1992 Concord University, Athens WV
Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising
Minor: Fine Art/Studio
* Additional concentration in marketing analysis


2003 - Current PaperGhostDesign, Freelance Designer and Illustrator

Recently worked on a variety of projects, including ad work for, logo designs for Charlotte Boxing Academy, character designs for, t-shirt designs for and merchandising/logo design for Frozen Island brand Tropical Ice Ice Cream.

2005 - 2010 Freelance Designer, PHE, Inc. - Raleigh, NC

Worked with a Media Representative creating and maintaining the corporate identity of PHE, Inc. through print advertising and banner ads. This includes Adam & Eve Corporate, and many of their affiliates. Met and surpassed sales goals 2006-2008.

1998 - 2005 Graphic Designer,
Full House Productions Charlotte, NC

Worked with a small marketing team designing and maintaining the identities of several nightclubs and restaurants throughout North America. These included: BAR, Have A Nice Day Cafe, Dixie's Charlotte, Tiki Bob's Cantina, TIME, and McFadden's.
Head Creative designer on Tiki Bob's Cantina and Have A Nice Day Cafe.

1999 - 2000 CPD, Inc. Charlotte, NC
Graphic Designer

Worked with marketing, sales and print department to create card-pack bulk mailers sent monthly to various clients soliciting services ranging from housecleaning to stock trades.

1996 - 1998 Creative Loafing Charlotte, NC

Graphic Designer/Pagination Assistant
Layout artist on Charlotte's premiere free weekly publication. Proof-reader, scan technician, and general graphic designer for local merchant advertisers. I worked quickly and efficiently to meet all deadlines and print specifications.

I am proficient with Adobe CS3 Suite, particular emphasis on Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quarkxpress, Microsoft Exel, Microsoft Word, and both the Macintosh and PC creative environment.
To a lesser extent I have used Adobe Flash, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Adobe Fireworks.

Additional Information:
I am a team player who excels in thinking outside of the box. I have an excellent vocabulary, immaculate grammar, and an interest in vibrant colors and fun visuals. I believe I have a particular view on life and I think I have the skills to communicate that well.
I consider print to be my specialty, but I am familiar with web design.

Available upon request.

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