Sierra Vista

[wr_vc_textblock big_title=”Introduction”]My name is Sheffield Abella and I am interested in the Art Teacher position at Sierra Vista.  I taught drawing and painting at The Art Institute of Las Vegas, UNLV, and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh(Online Remote Instruction) on and off starting in 2004 up until the start of the pandemic.

Bachelors Fine Art – Art Center College of Design 1994 – Illustration

Masters Fine Art – Academy of Art University 2013 – Animation

I come from a military family which is what brought me here to Las Vegas. Our home is within walking distance of the school, our cross streets are Rainbow and Robindale. My son is eager to attend Sierra Vista starting in his junior year.

What follows below is a mix of images from my freelance assignments and the classes that I have taught. I have also submitted a PDF with example artwork from my past students.

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Joseph Neal STEAM Academy Mural

Professional Illustration

Here is a sample of my illustration work.

Here is a sample of my concept art work.


Samples of my design work

I break it down to line, value and color, for both my clients and my students.

Drawings and Sketches

In Class Live Models

Work done in class from a live model. Click to see full size.

Sheffield Abella 

Artist | Designer




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.


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., 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/Mac. Cintiq/Wacom/Huion Tablets

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.


References are available on request.

[wr_vc_textblock small_title=”Contact”]I can be reached at 702.604.8800.

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