Artist and Graphic designer.

Experience

Graphic designer and artist with corporate, agency and freelance experience with specialities in branding, corporate identities, design, prepress and digital art.

My expertise has been acquired through years of hands-on experience, and being self-motivated, forward-thinking and creative. A versatile team player skilled in the development of innovative design and prepress solutions, I have managed multiple assignments concurrently from concept to completion, ensuring that all materials meet or exceed project objectives and deadlines while accurately conveying corporate voice, culture and brand standards. The tools of my distinctive aesthetic style include Adobe Creative Cloud, a Wacom tablet and an Apple iMac.

Tasks that I have covered include:

  • Concept, design, prepress and printing in advertising, publishing and packaging
    (including retail and collateral media),
  • Web development, coding (html, css, javascript) and hosting with particular expertise
    in creating WordPress sites.

I have experience in:

  • Desktop publishing, artworking, photo manipulation, illustration, photography, digital painting,
    3D modelling and a variety of techniques that are constantly explore and develop,
  • Prepress production with expertise in solving technical issues,
  • IT technical support with installing, configuring and maintaining computer systems,
  • One to one training, tutoring and mentoring.

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City.

 

SKILLS

Operating Systems

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

OS X (Mac)

Windows

Linux

Applications

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

Photoshop

InDesign

Illustrator

Acrobat Pro

QuarkXpress

WordPress

cPanel

Dreamweaver

Flash

Cinema 4D

Knowledge

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

Advertising

Publishing

Packaging

Graphic design

Desktop publishing

Prepress / print production / artworking

Retail media

Collateral media

Branding

Corporate identities

In-store point of sale

Printing (digital, offset, screen and large format)

Die cutting

Digital art

Illustration

Concept

Typography

Layout theory

Colour theory & psychology

Composition

Web development

Web hosting

WordPress websites

IT technical support

Coding (html, css, javascript, mysql, php)

Photography

Video production

3D modelling

Digital music

Animation

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Richard George Davis

Role

Dates

Location

Website

Description

Artist

November 2004 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

www.RGDart.com

My free moments are spent creating person artworks, taking photographs and designing brands, logos and websites.

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City. These works capture everyday objects appearing as something else or I create surreal and conceptual themed artworks that redefine reality and stretch the limits of the imagination in which I create evocative, dream-like images exploring literal interpretations of common language expressions or emotions.

Clients: Amour Design, Totem Gallery, Apartheid Archive Project, Tat Wolfen Media Projects, Hilltribe Armouries, Ekala Guest Farm and Eco Tours, Angelic Living, Chimera Management Consulting.

Reward Ventures

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Website

Description

Senior graphic designer

August 2003 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

www.RewardVentures.co.za

Managing below the line advertising, marketing and communication design and print assignments concurrently from concept to completion under the leadership of the managing director, ensuring all materials meet requirements and deadlines.

This encompasses concept, design, prepress and printing in advertising, publishing and packaging (including retail and collateral media); creating local content from international guidelines; web development and hosting; specialised in solving prepress and printing issues; IT technical support and management of design studio.

ADOS and Associates

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Description

Senior graphic designer

May 2001 – July 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Managing below the line advertising, marketing and communication design assignments from concept to completion under the leadership of the managing director, ensuring all materials meet requirements and deadlines.

This encompassed concept, design, prepress and printing in advertising, publishing and packaging (including retail and collateral media); creating local content from international guidelines; specialised in solving prepress and printing issues; IT technical support; management of design studio, department delegation of tasks and staff training.

Clients: Nu Metro Film Distribution, Nu Metro Cinemas, Blockbusters, Euroline Group, CRL Group, The French Embassy, GTV, Vision Africa, The Knob & Knocker, Hewlett Packard, JD Edwards and KPMG.

The Gendel Group

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Website

Description

Graphic designer, desktop publishing

April 2000 – April 2001

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

www.gendel.com

Managing through the line advertising, marketing and communication design assignments concurrently from concept to completion under the leadership of the managing director and art director, ensuring all materials meet requirements and deadlines.

This encompassed branding, corporate identities, retail and collateral media; Solving prepress, printing and IT technical issues.

Clients: Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, Rennies Foreign Exchange, Glasfit, Momentum Life, HASS, Medicross, Beige and Vitalab.

Freewind Publication

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Description

Art director

April 1998 – December 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Design and prepress of consumer and corporate published magazines within a team under the leadership of the managing director. Specialising in retouching, IT support and prepress production.

Magazines: Directions (Male fashion/lifestyle), Divestyle (Scuba diving and travel), Blush (Female teenager fashion/lifestyle), VIA (Corporate title published for Volkswagen South Africa) and Smart Fashion (Corporate title published for Smart Centre, retail clothing).

In-Detail

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Website

Description

Graphic designer

March 1997 – March 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance

https://www.in-detail.com

Design and prepress of below the line advertising, marketing and communications media.

The Bureau Print

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Website

Description

Desktop publisher

March 1996 – March 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

www.bureau.co.za

Managing multiple DTP traditional litho and digital printing assignments concurrently, scanning and retouching, quality control, equipment maintenance, specialised in solving prepress and printing issues, IT technical support, department delegation of tasks and staff training.

Phoenix Repro & Litho

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Description

Graphic designer

January 1997 – January 2005

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance

Design and prepress of collateral media and flexo printed labels, including IT technical support.

RECOGNITION

Personal artworks that I’ve produced have appeared in website and magazine features, television series and a gallery exhibition in New York City.

Magazine features include Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative and Practical Photoshop. Awards from deviantart.com, photoshopcreative.co.uk, digitalartistdaily.com, and shadowness.com.

Gallery Exhibitions

Sponsor

Venue

Date

Set Dressings

Series

Dates

The Following, American television drama series

January 2013, January 2014 and March 2015

The Following

Magazine Features

Title

Date

Photography For Beginners > Competition winner

January 2014

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative magazine > Interview

November 2013 issue 107

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative magazine > Let Slip feature

September 2013 issue 105

Title

Date

Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

June 2013

Title

Date

Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

February 2013

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative magazine > Magazine Expert Top Tops

November 2012 issue 94

Title

Date

Advanced Photoshop magazine > Bleak world of absent law

November 2012 issue 102

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative magazine > Image of the Month Award

August 2012 issue 92

Website Features

Site

Date

Bored Panda

April 2015

Site

Date

Site

Date

Bored Panda

March 2015

Awards

Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Prolepsis

December 2014

Deviant Art Award

Title

Date

Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

August 2014

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Ambitions Abandoned

April 2014

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

November 2013

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Eden’s Eye 02

September 2013

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Kimberley Hole

July 2013

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

February 2013

Title

Date

Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

August 2012

Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Clockwork Orange

December 2012

Deviant Art Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Clockwork Orange

August 2012

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Hope Floats Away

June 2012

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > The Night’s Watch

May 2012

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Forever lost

January 2012

Deviant Art Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Light Redemption

January 2012

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Forever lost

December 2011

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > These Feelings I Hide

December 2011

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Shadowness Daily Feature Award > French Revolution 04

August 2011

Shadowness Award

Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Strawberry Rehab

March 2011

Title

Date

Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Grenade

April 2009

Deviant Art Award