About

 

2017AbstractLauraLeatherwoodLaura L. Leatherwood

Creativity is always a journey of exploring!

Summary

Laura L. Leatherwood, Pen & Ink Magic
Jurupa Valley, CA

Magical, Artistic, Gorgeous, Intelligent, Captivating, – unique designs.

As an artist, I launched Pen & Ink Magic in 2007 with a goal to inspire marketing teams to push their advertising further with my unique designs. I often express them as magical because of my artistic use of color and gorgeous design elements. Experience intelligent design as I merge my education with ten years of on the job training. I specialize in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and digital design. In addition, with my experience as a professional photographer, I have added knowledge in photo painting, retouching and restoration as well. My clients’ witness design magic, that is truly captivating.

Experience

Pen & Ink Magic
February 2007 Present

At Pen & Ink Magic, I participate in corporate branding, collateral material, website/blog art/infographics, trade show booths, book illustration, photo painting, including pet portraits, t-shirt design, and various other custom art projects.

Projects

Paint my Pet
April 2014 Present

Custom Digital Pet Portraits

HappyMermaids.com
December 2016 Present

Graphic Design

Volunteer Experience

Camino Real Elementary School
October 2007 May 2014

GATE program newsletter
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Laura L. Leatherwood, Pen & Ink Magic

Learning never ends when you begin a business of your own. Along with a formal education in fine art and the graphic arts, I continued educating myself with digital design books along with countless books in mixed media, watercolor, and painting.

I spend many hours fine tuning my skills with online webinars/tutorials in digital media, photography, and design. This allows my skills to always be current with the latest software, media, and art techniques.

I most enjoy art because I believe creativity is always a journey of exploring new artistic expression.

Education

Additional Coursework
Additional coursework in upper division Bachelor of Fine Arts department, California State University, Fullerton, 2001, http://www.fullerton.edu  Note: I completed all art requirements to enter a Masters in Fine Arts program.

CBEST California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), 1994

Bachelor of Arts BA Liberal Studies Degree with a Fine Art Concentration, California State University, Long Beach, 1994, http://www.csulb.edu

Associate of Arts AA Liberal Arts Degree, Mount San Antonio College, 1990, http://www.mtsac.edu

Courses in:

Graphic design and illustration:

  • Advertising design
  • Airbrushing
  • Illustration
  • Illustrator®
  • Microsoft™ Office
  • Photoshop®
  • Publishing

Fine art:

  • 2-D design
  • 3-D design
  • Architecture
  • Art & the child
  • Art history (3 courses)
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing (3 courses)
  • Drawing & painting (2 courses)
  • Life drawing (2 courses)
  • Life painting
  • Jewelry design
  • Painting (5 courses)
  • Surface design
  • Watercolor

Design Skills

  • Color theory
  • Drawing
  • Composition
  • Form
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Lighting
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Technical drawing
  • Typography and lettering
  • Vector-based design

Software Experience

Adobe™

  • Illustrator®
  • InDesign®
  • Lightroom®
  • Photoshop®

Corel™

  • Painter®

Microsoft™

  • Excel®
  • PowerPoint®
  • Word®

Fine Art Mediums

  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Painting

I have always been an artist who has worn many hats. I have always enjoyed taking on new challenges and fitting together new puzzles. Therefore, I have not limited my business to just one niche. Instead, I have offered fine art, digital art, graphic arts, and photography.

I like to think of myself as a mixed media artist in a modern sense.  I prefer to join traditional art mediums with the current digital age.  Therefore, I can combine elements of each medium in my designs.

Custom Photo Painting:

  • Custom art projects
  • Custom pet portrait
  • Custom portrait
  • Digital photo painting
  • Embellishing photos
  • Fantasy portraits
  • Photo composites
  • Portraits

Graphic Design & Illustration:

  • Airbrushing
  • Digital art
  • Digital drawing
  • Digital painting
  • Digital illustration
  • Digital watercolor
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Painting
  • Watercolor

Photo Restoration & Retouch:

  • Collage
  • Color correction
  • Embellishments
  • Enhancements
  • Remove creases
  • Remove rips and tears
  • Remove scratches
  • Touch-ups

Achievements

While I was in junior college, I was honored with being selected for the gallery opening piece. It was called “Fusion” and was the main gallery exhibit. The work was a painted on rolled canvas, instead of traditional stretched canvas. After this exhibit, I continued to show work in student galleries at Mount San Antonio College, and later at California State University, Fullerton. Years later, I entered an online design contest for the business called The Republic of Tea. I earned second place in the 2014 Darjeeling Tea Tin Design Contest. Since then, I earned numerous awards on a print on demand website. I have only listed a few of the top awards below.

Show Opener

“Fusion” gallery opening piece, Mount San Antonio College, 1997, www.mtsac.edu.

Second Place Winner

Second place winner of the “2014 Darjeeling Tea Tin Design Contest” with The Republic of Tea. The tagline is “Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas. Emphasizing a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.” www.republicoftea.com

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Pixels.com

2015 First place winner in Ladybug in Winter contest on Pixels.com.

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2015 Second place winner in the Vector-Contest on Pixels.com.

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2015 Second place winner in the Vector-Contest on Pixels.com.

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