Dillon Carson

Dillon Carson - Designer

Los Angeles

Southern California-born artist, "the poor man's Jack Dawson" (as described by his mother), and your next illustrator!

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Overview

Dillon Carson is an instructor in the Illustration Design department at ArtCenter College of Design, where he teaches creative problem solving, design innovation, and visual communication.Born and raised in Southern California, Dillon attended ArtCenter and graduated in 2017. He has taught multiple courses at the California School of the Arts at San Gabriel Valley. He has worked directly alongside teams at Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, NBC Universal, and Sanrio through his in-house designer position at Cubcoats. His illustration career includes clients such as Stance, Iconic Artists Group and Universal Music Enterprises.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Nature
Fiction
Picture Books

Awards

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Work experience

Instructor, Illustration Dept.

Art Center College of Design
January, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2020 – February, 2021 (5 months)

Created album cover artwork and associated packaging illustrations for widely anticipated The Beach Boys 2021 album release, Feel Flows.

Associate Designer

Cubcoats
December, 2018 – February, 2020 (about 1 year)

Worked as an illustrator and designer where I helped bring to life our own signature characters as well as the characters licensed from companies such as Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, NBC Universal, and Sanrio. Was a key developer in introducing the personalities of our signature line of characters through the use of print, social media, and even our own series of children’s books. Designed in-house fonts as well as helped to create an illustration asset library which are regularly utilized in company social media, print and product display. On the licensing side, I had the opportunity to work on characters known to children and adults alike across the globe through projects that include both package illustration as well as trade fair booth design.

Art Teacher - Integrated Arts

California School of the Arts at San Gabriel Valley - Duarte, CA
August, 2017 – December, 2018 (over 1 year)

Taught classes for California School of the Arts' Integrated Arts program and helped establish the school's first paid Portfolio Design courses. In addition to designing the outlines for each course myself, I prepared materials for each day's lesson, assisted students during in-class work, demonstrated methods, facilitated class critiques, and provided online assistance for students with questions in the days leading up to the next class. Courses I taught at CSArts included: Intro to Graphic Design, Graphic Design, IA Drawing & Rendering, Drawing & Rendering 1, and Drawing and Rendering 2.

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
March, 2015 – December, 2018 (almost 4 years)

Visual rebranding of ‘Nivel Parts Manufacturing’ subsidiaries following corporate restructuring. Branding work in the form of packaging and label design for cannabis company, ‘Maxwell Family Farms’, as well as visual rebranding of their subsidiaries.

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
August, 2014 – May, 2018 (over 3 years)

Created logo treatments, built a website populated with original photography and graphics, developed a business plan, business cards, stickers, and promotional material, curated content, and traveled to Rome to showcase and demo the Makesmith CNC at Maker Faire. Design in the form of logotype/branding, animated graphics, various static graphics for social media and a kickstarter campaign, UI/UX design for their CNC software GroundControl, and signage to be routed in live demos at tradeshows and put on display.

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