Name

Topher Sipes

About

EDUCATION

Texas State University–San Marcos, TX
BFA in Communication Design (Cum Laude)

EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN (PARTIAL CLIENT LIST)
The White Rose Society at the University of Texas, The Ousset Agency, Eastman Modern Technology, Z Media Solutions, Bobcat Build, Archer Nathan Campaign Management, Shotgun Hustler, Falcon Buddies, Beverly Penn, Hays County Food Bank, Smiley Dog Farm, Aquarena Center, The River Systems Institute, The American Cancer Society, Texas Stream Team

CONCEPT & PRODUCT DESIGNER
WaterPark Experts, Inc., Seguin, TX (May 2007–November 2008)
• designed large-scale interactive playscapes (wet & dry)
• drafted multiple product perspectives & color palettes for production
• art directed welding, concrete, foam, fiberglass, and paint departments
• created digital 3D models of products for presentation & production

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies at TSU, San Marcos, TX (July 2005–December 2006)
• created brochures, pamphlets, invitation, and other publications
• designed/illustrated Women Builders of Communities and Dreams logo for Woman’s History Month
• oversaw design of exhibition book for Latino Presence at TSU–San Marcos: Celebrating 100 Years

ILLUSTRATOR, COMIC STRIP ARTIST, & GRAPHIC DESIGNER
The University Star, San Marcos, TX (August 2003–September 2006)
• created political cartoons commenting on contemporary local and national issues
• drew editorial illustrations to accompany newspaper articles
• created two separate comic strips, Incipient Senescence and The San Martian Chronicles
• worked with advertising representatives to design ads for clients

AWARDS, VOLUNTEER, WORKSHOPS & ETC

2010 VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event)-Regions 6, 13 and 20 Juror

Summer 2009 exhibited in group art show, "Something Different", at APW Gallery in Long Island City, NY

Spring 2009 Senior Design Exit Review-Guest Alumni Speaker

2009 Outstanding Volunteer Award given for logo design of the Hays County Food Bank

2009 VASE(Visual Arts Scholastic Event)-Region 13 Juror

Reverie 2009 ConceptArt.Org International Art & Design Symposium workshop-attendee

Edward Tufte Presenting Data & Information workshop-attendee

San Marcos Area Arts Council-board member

Presented biannual digital painting workshops for illustration classes at Texas State University

San Marcos Art on the Square 2007,08,09-Chair, art director, & designer

ADCH 2006–Silver Award and 2 certificates of merit

Creative Summit XXI 2006–two certificates of excellence

Texas Intercollegiate Press Association 2006–2nd place ad design

Texas Community Newspaper Association 2006
• 1st place Best Original Design of a Special Section B&W or Color
• 1st place Best Original Ad B&W 1–32”
• 2nd place Best Original Ad B&W 1–32”
• 1st place Best Original Ad One Color Over 70”

ADCH 2005 Bronze Award

TIPA 2004–1st place-Editorial Cartoon