Christine Ridgway

Illustrator and Story Artist

I’m a story artist who loves world building and creating memorable characters.

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Christine is a storyboard artist and illustrator who graduated from the University of Idaho in 2016 with a degree in visual story telling after a lifetime of drawing and making up stories on the go. When she’s not drawing or writing her Skytown book series (published 2017) she loves to adventure outdoors with her giant dogs in the beautiful Pacific Northwest or sling math rocks in a game of Dungeons and Dragons at home with her brothers. Christine loves to create lovable, interesting characters through both writing and art and hopes to put that passion to work as a fantasy-centric illustrator bringing fun ideas to life.

Experience

Illustration and Design

Skidar Studios

My official freelancing business.

Freelance Graphic Artist

Skidar Studios, Van Etten Studios

I often take various small freelance jobs in graphic design creating logos, business cards, and brochures but most often character designs and illustrations. The community I work with is mostly young people in the teen and college-age group; adventurous start-up artists who enjoy their characters appearance in my style and perspective. Many of them are story tellers themselves and by working together I have used their direction and instruction to bring their characters and scenes to life.

Education

University of Idaho

Bachelors of Fine Arts

I transferred to the University of Idaho and studied in the BFA program. My biggest accomplishment was my senior studio project, a full animatic trailer for my story, Skytown. I worked two semesters diligently learning new programs like Storyboard Pro and Audacity to combine story, dialogue and visuals together to create my final animatic. My video, along with shot break downs, character sheets and progress work was displayed at the Senior Studio gallery show, Indefinite, on November 11th, 2016. I graduated the next month on December, 10th, 2016.

Ringling College of Art and Design

Illustration Program

I attended RCAD in the illustration department and learned a lot about my field and what career I was leaning towards in my first year there while showing exceptional promise. My first semester as a new student my work was chosen to be in the Best of Ringling Show as an example of perspective and draftsmanship. I became fascinated in character and concept work and most importantly the art of storyboarding and scene plotting. I would have stayed and finished my education at RCAD but unfortunately I became very ill and had to make the difficult choice of leaving the state to recover. While my time at RIngling was short, it was very impactful on the way I work today in all medias.

Awards

2016

First Place, Robert Lence (Best single-image narrative comics)

2015

Banks Award, University of Idaho English Department (Essay of Macah Tribe Whaling Controversy)

2012

Best of Ringling, Ringling College of Art and Design

2019

Best Computer Art, Western Idaho State Fair (Swamp Witch took home the blue ribbon this year for computer art!) [link]

Exhibitions

2016

BFA Art Show, Senior Show, Ridenbaugh Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID

2016

Senior Studio Art Show, Indefinite, Ridenbaugh Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID

2015

School Show, Mixed Media Show, Reflections Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID

2012

Ringling College Students, Best of Ringling, Ringling College of Art and Design - Sarasota, FL

2016

SCBWI, Robert Lence Juried Art Show, University of Idaho - Moscow, ID (Robert Lence gave a presentation on his career as a story artist and what it takes to make a great storyboard followed by a single panel comic contest.)

Clients

Dr. David Pierce's Exotic Plants Chasqui Manos Andinos Fair Trade Yara North America Sunset Games LLC Sara Rodewald, Author of Nomi and Brave

Skills

Illustration Sketching Life Drawing Digital Art Traditional media Acrylics Storytelling Sequential Art Very Fast Keeps up with strict deadlines Creative Fluent in Photoshop CC Storyboard Pro InDesign Motivated