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Sheffield Abella 

Artist | Designer


Freelance Illustration Assignments


The Art Institute of Las Vegas 2350 Corporate Circle Henderson, NV 89074-7737

  • 2019 – 2020 | 2004 – 2010.  Instructor.
  • Classes Taught:  Life Drawing, Advanced Life Drawing, Character Design, Character Ideation, Color Theory, Illustration/Advanced Illustration, Observational Drawing and Digital Painting, Digital Imaging, Advanced Digital Imaging, Web Scripting, Drawing & Perspective, Digital/Web Portfolio.
  • Business Sector:  Post Secondary Education.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online 1400 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • 2016 – 2019.  Instructor.
  • Classes Taught: Life Drawing, Advanced Life Drawing, Character Design, Advanced Illustration for Production
  • Business Sector:  Post Secondary Education.

Kizzang LLC Las Vegas, NV

  • Oct 2014 – Mar 2017.  Illustrator/Designer
  • Main Responsibilities:  Illustration, Design, Identity/Branding. Produce graphics and illustration for various game symbols in a slot machine platform for using original assets or client supplied artwork.
  • Business Sector:  Freelance Illustration and Design.

University of Nevada Las Vegas 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89154

  • Jan 2014- Dec 2014.  Adjunct Professor.
  • Classes Taught:  Digital REndering, Ideation & Process, Graphic Design II
  • Business Sector:  Post Secondary Education.

Pixel Colada LLC Las Vegas, NV  89193

  • 1996 – Present.  Owner/Illustrator/Designer
  • Main Responsibilities:  Illustration, Design, Identity/Branding, Web Design, Consulting. Partial List of Freelance Clients upon request.
  • Business Sector:  Freelance Illustration and Design.

helloNetwork.com, Inc. 3035 East Patrick Lane Suite 1. Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

  • 1998 – 1999.  Art Director/Lead Visual Development.
  • Main Responsibilities:  Illustration, Design, Identity/Branding, Web Design, Consulting.
  • Business Sector:  Video Streaming.

Adrienne Weiss Corp. 737 N Michigan Avenue # 1580, Chicago, IL, 60611-5406

  • 1995 – 1996.  Art Director/Lead Visual Development.
  • Main Responsibilities:  Worked on identity projects for Bank One Stadium, Country Star Restaurants, Warner Bros. Stores, and MCI/Washington Bullets Stadium. Illustration, logo design, taglines and various other identity concept work.
  • Business Sector:  Design Firm.

Cloud 9 Interactive. Santa Monica, CA

  • 1995.  Production Artist.
  • Main Responsibilities:  Created scratch art and final art for “How to Draw the Marvel Way” as well as integrated assets. Designed actuators for “Wanna-Be a Dino Finder”.
  • Business Sector:  Design Firm.

Digital Skills


  • Expert:  Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, openCanvas, ArtRage, Xara Design Pro,
  • Intermediate:  Flash,  Illustrator, Premier, Silo, WordPress, Joomla, Microsoft Design Expression, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver, Homesite, RapidPHP.
  • Working Knowledge:  Maya, 3dStudio Max, Silo, Lightwave, After Effects, Particle Illusion, Zbrush, Sound Forge,
  • Platform/OS:  Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows XP 64 bit, Mac OS X. Cintiq/Wacom/Nostromo/3D Connexion.

Traditional Skills


  • Tradition mediums: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Colored Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal.
  • Other skills:  I am comfortable as a public speaker having taught illustration, design, and software applications to students for over seven years. I have the ability to demonstrate digital techniques or techniques in traditional mediums while answering questions.


  • Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.
    2013 Masters Fine Art in Animation, Visual Development Emphasis.
  • Art Center College of Design. Pasadena, California.
    1994 Bachelors in Fine Art Visual Communication with an Emphasis in Illustration.


References are available on request.

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