Artist Profile for Alicia Dianne Bad Heart Bull
Award winning Illustrator skilled in a variety of mediums seeking to secure a position where I can bring immediate and strategic value to a Creative Entertainment environment. During my career, I have gained valuable insight into the appliance of visual language.
2020 - MA—Illustration California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
2010 - BFA—Animation School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2004 - AS—Fashion Design International Academy of Design and Technology, Tampa,FL
Experience - Artistic
2021—Creator, Independent Graphic Novel, "Jaydi's Story #1"; Los Angeles, CA
Write and create a fantasy-fiction of an East African girl's adventure through faith, family and freedom. Successfully launched and self-published this 90 page fully-watercolor, independent graphic novel via Kickstarter.
2019-2021—Book Illustrator, Cue the Bunny, LLC.; Los Angeles, CA
Design characters, Storyboard content and Illustrate story for children’s book. Assist in developing ideas into visual communication and incorporating personal story in a relatable way for publication.
2019—Animation Intern, CSUN, Northridge, CA
Write, storyboard and animate original content for Professor/Animator, Michael Bonitatis’ Internship at CSUN.
2016-2018—Animator/Writer for Web Series, "Good Girl Princess," Independent, Los Angeles, CA
Develop and create stop-motion, comedy web series for YouTube.
2016-2018—Animator/Writer for Short Film, Independent, Los Angeles CA
Develop and create live action/animated short film “The Magic Closet”
2010-2016—Freelance Illustrator, Albuquerque, NM
Seek out and meet with clients to bring their ideas to life in a timely form. Work independently in creating desired images and animation both digitally and traditionally using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Animate, Traditional Animation on paper, Acrylic paint and Traditional drawing.
Experience - Art Education
2021-Present—Creative Pathways Manager, Venice Arts; Los Angeles, CA
Work with Education Coordinator to identify opportunities for youth and young adult art students interested in Film, Animation, Comics & Photography.
2021-Present—Assistant Instructor - Comics, Venice Arts; Los Angeles, CA
Assist lead instructor by guiding students aged 10-18 through the process of creating a full page comic of up to 12 panels in full color. Train students in using relevant materials for the project, including: sketch pencils, vellum, micron pens, Bristol board and digital painting in Adobe Photoshop and Procreate on iPad. Prepare lesson for class-review games, final presentations, and extra credit self-portrait project. Serve students snacks and water, assist in set-up and tear down.
2021—Painting Instructor, Painting With A Twist; Santa Clarita, CA
Engage and guide guests through a two hour experience of acrylic painting in an entertaining environment. Including setting up, clean-up and sanitizing work areas. Prepare acrylic paintings for classes in a timely manner to be taught before a live class. Open and close studio, cash handling, serve beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks to guests, as well as ring up orders, keep and close tabs.
2020-2021—Painting Instructor, Painting With A Twist; Dunwoody, GA
Engage and guide guests through a two hour experience of acrylic painting in an entertaining environment. Including setting up, clean-up and sanitizing work areas. Hosting private parties, Virtual zoom classes, keeping and maintaining guidelines for proper social distancing in a manner that allowed for all guests and staff to feel safe.
2016-2018—Character Design/ Storyboard Tutor, Cartoon Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA Assist students through the craft of visual storytelling and creation of appealing characters, appropriate for professional production.
2014- 2015—Painting and Drawing Instructor, La Mesa Arts Academy, Abq., NM,
Write and instruct engaging lesson plans for inner-city students grades K through 3. Guided students through artistic principles as well as incorporate social issues, bioscience and community involvement into art lessons. Organized and featured students in end-of-year group show.
Experience - Volunteer
2015-Present—Organizer/Workshop Leader, Cartoon Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
Create, organize and lead workshops for artists within film, animation and cartooning art forms which focus on development in drawing, storytelling and networking.
Spring 2021—Animation Mentor, Venice Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Assist lead instructor and assistant instructor by guiding children age 10-13 through learning to create a minute-long stop motion animated short film. Help children discover interests in natural habitats and environments to set up the story for their film.
2016-2020—Volunteer, Women in Animation, Los Angeles, CA
Set up and tear down for special events, including the Animation VFX Show. Host information booth at the CTN Animation eXpo. Greet guests and prepare panels for professionals in the animation field, give information about WIA at Creative Talent Network event.
2018-2020—Volunteer, Film Independent, Los Angeles, CA
Host Film Independent feature and short film viewing for members. Assist in set up, tear down and guest services for the 2019 Spirit Awards.