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.
Illustration and Design
July 2018 – Present • Boise, ID
My official freelancing business.
Freelance Graphic Artist
Skidar Studios, Van Etten Studios
2010 – Present • Idaho, Florida, Texas, Washington
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.
University of Idaho
Bachelors of Fine Arts
January 2015 – December 2016 • Moscow, ID
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
August, 2012 – June, 2013 • Sarasota, FL
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.
First Place, Robert Lence (Best single-image narrative comics)
Banks Award, University of Idaho English Department (Essay of Macah Tribe Whaling Controversy)
Best of Ringling, Ringling College of Art and Design
Best Computer Art, Western Idaho State Fair (Swamp Witch took home the blue ribbon this year for computer art!) [link]
BFA Art Show, Senior Show, Ridenbaugh Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID
Senior Studio Art Show, Indefinite, Ridenbaugh Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID
School Show, Mixed Media Show, Reflections Gallery - University of Idaho, Moscow ID
Ringling College Students, Best of Ringling, Ringling College of Art and Design - Sarasota, FL
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.)
Dr. David Pierce's Exotic Plants Chasqui Manos Andinos Fair Trade Yara North America Sunset Games LLC Sara Rodewald, Author of Nomi and Brave
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