APRIL BORCHELT

 

aprilrainborchelt@gmail.com

404 312 8441

 

 

Education

 

2014            Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Drawing and Painting Major, School of Art and Design; Kennesaw State University,

                    Kennesaw, Georgia. 3.9 GPA-Summa Cum Laude.           

 

Art Medium and Technology Skills

 

Photoshop            Illustrator            InDesign            Flash Familiar     Unreal 3 Editor Familiar      Unreal 4 Familiar    Microsoft Office Suite

Oil                        Watercolor            Gouache            Graphite              Ink                                    Mixed Media

 

Able to adapt and learn different programs and tools quickly. Enjoys collaboration and esteems receiving and giving constructive feedback. Adept at designing in a variety of styles tailored to the tasks requirements.

 

Work Experience/Skills​

2017-2019

2d UI Artist on SMITE for Hi-Rez Studios, Alpharetta, Georgia (Full Time)

  • Creates User Interface art for functionality in the game including buttons, frames, teaser icon illustrations, and logos.

  • High attention to detail

  • Follows style guide

  • High collaboration with team

  • Fast paced environment and deadlines

  • Problem solving with artwork for games

 

2d Artist on Paladins for Hi-Rez Studios, Alpharetta, Georgia (Full Time)

  • Creates high profile illustrations such as Splash Art and Loading Screen game art for in game, promotional, and marketing purposes

  • Follows style guide

  • Creates detailed and polished final illustrations and UI elements

  • Creates dynamic illustrations featuring characters, objects, and environments

  • High collaboration with team and works closely with Art Lead and team members

  • Fast paced environment and deadlines

  • Problem solving with artwork for games

  • Captures 3d models in Unity and edits model for UI needs

  • Implements Data Base work needed to get images in game client 

 

2016-2017

Freelance Background Artist on SpongeBob SquarePants for Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Burbank, California

(Season 9/10/11)

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  • Creates works following artistic style guide from show

  • High Communication with Art Director to ensure quality is being met

  • Traditional Imagery being converted to digital media

  • Fast turn around rate to meet deadlines for Studio

  • Proactive work ethic and time management to stay on top of multiple projects ​

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2015-2017

Puzzles by Joe, Lead Game Artist for Clutter VI (to be released) and Game Artist for Sliders and Other Square Jigsaw Puzzles, Marietta, GA

 

  • Collaborated with a small team to create new artwork following Clutter VI storyline

  • Able to mold and change artwork to fit clients needs

  • Artist for Interface, Main Menu, Cut Scenes, Character Designer, Background Painter, Props

  • Fast turnaround rate

  • Website of Puzzles by Joe-http://puzzlesbyjoe.com

 

2009-2020

 

April Rain Studios, Kennesaw, Georgia

  • Successfully created personal business.

  • Organized own work schedule to delegate time spent on commissions.

  • Gained personal customer service skills and increased artistic talent from practice and diverse requests from customers. Designed and created personal pieces of artwork for customers.

  • Visit my website @ www.aprilrainstudios.com

 

2012-2014

 

Zuckerman Museum of Fine Art, Gallery Assistant, Kennesaw, Georgia

  • Broadening my knowledge of the contemporary art world and increased networking skills.

  • Implemented working in a solo environment, which gives the opportunity to manage and balance my time effectively.

Professional Development

2019            -Panelist at Momocon

                    - Unreal Engine 4 Training with Epic Game Studios

                    -Panelist at Dragoncon, Atlanta, Georgia

                    - Fantasy Illustration Workshop, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2018            -Panelist at Momocon, Atlanta, Georgia

                    -Jury for Kennesaw State University's Visions 30th Annual Art Show, Kennesaw, Georgia

2017            -Speaker for Kennesaw State University Visual Arts: Breaking Into the Industry, Kennesaw, Georgia

                     -Panelist/Guest at Dragoncon Atlanta, Georgia

                     -Panelist/Guest at Momocon, Atlanta, Georgia

                    -Panelist for My Animation Life: Animation in the Industry, Sci-fy Fantasy Expo, Duluth, Georgia

                    -Speaker for My Animation Life: Working Remotely, Atlanta, Georgia 

2016            -Nickelodeon: From Development to Pitch, 2 Week Workshop with Nickelodeon Artists, CSU/Monteray Bay, California.

                    -Online class with Nathan Fowkes through Schoolism, Color and Light Specified

2015            -Student: Computer Graphics Master Academy [CGMA] Online Course;Workshop classes and Lecture

                     by Sona Sargsyon; Hasbro Studios Background Painter, Kennesaw, Georgia.

                   -Online Mentorship with Ty Carter, Visual Development Artist, Blue Sky Studios. 

 2014          -Attendee and Participant: Cartoon Training Network [CTN] Expo Lecture and Workshop, Burbank,

                     California.

                    -Attendee: Copyright vs. Trademark for Artists, lectured by, Meredith Ragains; Executive Director of

                     Georgia Lawyers of the Arts, Kennesaw, Georgia. KSU.

 2013          -Participant:Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop with Professional Illustrator Pascal Lemaitre, lectured

                     by Pascal Lemaitre. Sponsored by “Week of Francophonie” and co-sponsored by Consulat General de

                     Belgie and the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta. Kennesaw, Georgia. KSU.

                    -Attendee: Animating Disney’s Stitch Demonstration, lectured by, Samantha Inoue-harte, Dragoncon,

                     Atlanta, Georgia.

 2012          -Attendee:Visiting Artist Lecture and Demonstration:Imaginitive Realism, lectured by James Gurney;

                     Author and Illustrator of New York Times bestselling Dinotopia, Kennesaw, Georgia. KSU.

 

Publications

 

2017            -Episode Specials #1/#3 with 200th Episode of Spongebob Squarepants, Nickelodeon Studios

2016            -Clutter VI by Puzzles By Joe, artwork used for game, by Joe Cassavaugh

                    -The Bible Crash Course for the Sunday School Dropout, Illustrated Children's Book, By Robyn Downey

2015            -Sliders & Other Square Jigsaw Puzzles, artwork used for puzzles in a game application, by Joe Cassavaugh

                    -Game Informer Magazine, Issue #268, page 12, The Worlds #1 Video Game Magazine-Juried

                    -Mermaid Whispers, Illustrated Children's Chapter Book, by Pauline David-2015

2014            -Share Art & Literary Magazine, Kennesaw State University’s award-winning literary journal-Juried

                     -Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts, School of Art and Design, Student Artwork and

                      Research; Painting. http://arts.kennesaw.edu/visual_arts/artwork.php

Exhibitions

2019          - MOCA GA Pin-Up Show, Atlanta, Georgia

2017          -GLA (Georgia Laywers of the Arts) Art Auction, Atlanta, Georgia

                   -Toy Party FTK Silent Auction, America's Mart, Atlanta, Georgia

                   -Marietta Art Walk, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia

                   -Kibbee Gallery- South, The Grand Salon, Atlanta, Georgia

                   -For Pet's Sake Charity Event, Market Place 120, Marietta, Georgia

2016          -GLA (Georgia Layers of the Arts) Art Auction, American Spirit Works Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia

                  -Kibbee Gallery, Nick O' Time Christmas Show, Kibbee Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2015          -Little Things Mean A Lot, Swan Coach House Invitational, Atlanta, Georiga

                  -MOCA GA, Pin-up Show, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georiga (MOCA), Atlanta, Georgia (received a Star)

                  -Kibbee Gallery-Halloween Pin-up, Kibblee Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georiga

                  -Kibbee Gallery-Wild Kingdom Show, Kibbee Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georiga

                  -Kibbee Gallery-South Show, Kibbee Art Gallery, Atlanta Georgia

2014          -Kibbee Gallery-Nick O’ Time Christmas Show, Kibbee Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georiga

                   -Sturgis Library Student Rotating Exhibition, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

                    31st Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

2013          -Kibbee Gallery-Nick O’ Time Christmas Show, Kibbee Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

                   -“J-Con” Student Organization for Asian Studies Convention, Kennesaw State University,

                    Kennesaw, Georgia

                   -MOCA GA Pin-up Show, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA), Atlanta, Georgia (received a Star)

                   -Visions Student Art Society Print Show, University Place, Kennesaw, Georgia

                   -Visions Student Art Society Pin-up Show, University Place, Kennesaw, Georgia

                   -Swan Coach House KSU Guest Show, Swan Coach House, Atlanta, Georgia-Juried

                   -30th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

2012          -Art Station-Big Shanty Pin-Up Show, Big Shanty Art Station, Kennesaw, Georgia

2010          -Carl Harrison High School Annual Art Exhibition, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

                   -TCM PTA Reflections 2009-2010, Georgia School System, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

 

Awards

 

2016            -Honorable Mention for Eyvind Earle Christmas Card Competition, CTN Publications

2013            -Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, National Honors Recognition

                     Juried

2010            -TCM PTA Reflections, First Place Council Level, Georgia School System, Kennesaw, Georgia-Juried

                     -Harrison High School Certificate of Excellence Visual Arts Award, Awarded by Donnie Griggers,

                     Principal, Kennesaw, Georgia, April 21, 2010

                     -National Art Honors Society Award, February 20, 2010

2009            -Harrison High School Certificate of Excellence Visual Arts Award, Awarded by Donnie Griggers,

                     Principal, Kennesaw, Georgia, April 23, 2009


 

Travel

            Cambodia, Mission Trip through Sanctuary Church to Kampong Thom, Cambodia

            CTN Expo in Burbank, California, Kennesaw State University Art History Club trip to Paris, France, and Venice, Italy

            [Summer 2013], Southern states extensively, also including New York, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

 

Student Organizations

 

2012-2014            -Visions Student Art Society, Vice-President, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

2010-2014            -Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Kennesaw State University, Georgia-2010- Current           

                               -National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Kennesaw State University, Georgia-2010- Current           

                               -National Art Honors Society, Harrison High School, Kennesaw, Georgia-2010- Current           

 

Commissions

  • Illustrations for Book Commission: The Bible Crash Course for the Sunday School Dropout: By Robyn Downey

  • Game artwork: Clutter VII: Puzzles by Joe: J. Cassavaugh: Georgia

  • Game artwork: Clutter VI: Puzzles by Joe: J. Cassavaugh: Georgia

  • Illustrations for Book Commission: Mermaid Whispers: P. David: Georgia

  • Puzzle submission: Puzzles by Joe/Sliders: J. Cassavaugh: Georgia

  • Pet Portrait: Two Cats with Bowties: C. Mosher: Georgia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Selvala: S. Greg: Georgia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Drana, Libirator of Malkir: S. Wells: Georgia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Iwamori of the Open Fist: M. Powers: Georgia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: x4 card alters: J. Macwiliam: Connecticut

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Selvala: S. Bindra: Australia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Eidolon of the Countless Battles: M. Buttrey: Georgia

  • Netrunner Card Alter: Near-Earth Hub: H. Chandler: Georgia

  • Magic the Gathering Card Alter: Nicol Bolas new art: P. Cannon: Georgia

  • Pet Portrait x4: Lexxi-horse: B. Bunnell: Georgia

  • Pet Portrait x4: Paris-parrot: B. Bunnell: Georgia

  • Personalized Commission: Save the Date: C. Garrison: Georgia

  • Personalized Commission: Sailor Mercury: A Fishback: Georgia

  • League of Legends Idea Commission: Solari Archer: R. Labra: Georgia

  • Print Commission: Sunset Fox: S Nash: North California

  • Personalized Commision: Bunny: M. Surratt: Georgia

  • Personalized Commission: Chicken: M. Surratt: Georgia

  • Personalized Commission: Birchwood Trees: S. Lantis; India

  • Pet Portrait: Kittens and Pumpkins: B. Borchelt; Indiana

  • Personalized Commission: Black and Gold: S. Teefy; Georiga

  • House Painting Commission: Colorado House: L. Zollweg; Colorado

  • Pet Portrait: Sam: K. Mosher; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Cream and Black Labradors: R. Pfeifer; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Maggie: W. Durham, Atlanta; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Rosie: J. Lynn; Nevada.

  • Pet Portrait: Old Rosie: J. Lynn; Nevada.

  • Pet Portrait: Beau: C. Scott; Georgia.

  • House Painting Commission: Lake House #1: D. Bueche; Wisconsin.

  • Backyard Painting Commission: Remember the Pool: M. Eans; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Sophie: J. Burkholder; Indiana.

  • Pet Portrait: Sassy: P. Davin; Indiana.

  • Pet Portrait: Rocky: L. Melgaard; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Maggie and Sasha: E. Seed; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Lila: S. Malik; Georgia.

  • Mural: Baby's room: Owasu: Georgia

  • House Painting Commision: Lake House#2: B. Borchelt; Indiana.

  • Family Portrait: Patrohay Kids: C. Patrohay; Georgia.

  • Mural: Winnie the Pooh Mural: D. Patrohay; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Maple: S. Malik; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Sandy: J. Borchelt; Indiana.

  • Pet Portrait: Shadow, Calie, and Sandy: J Borchelt; Indiana.

  • Family Portrait: Trevor and Tyler: K. Lowery; Georgia.

  • Pet Portrait: Chaney and Bailey: W. Sullender; Georgia.

April Borchelt

Fine Art & Illustration