Michael Hinkle

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Expertise in graphic design for high-end apparel outlets. Exceptional illustration skills combined with a sense of style and an eye for fashion. Nurtures a deep understanding of the different cultures and lifestyles each brand represents.



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    Art Institue of San Diego

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Michael Hinkle

Design Proficiency--------------------------------------------

-Digital Art
-Gouache, Acrylic, Watercolor painting skills
-Screen printing experience
-Cutting edge distress/texture techniques
-Excellent use of layout and color

Technical Expertise-------------------------------------------

-Adobe Photoshop
-Adobe Illustrator
-Mac OS X

Employment History------------------------------------------

Freelance Artist
July 2004 – Present

Designed t-shirt graphics for various companies including Mark Ecko Cut and Sew, Junk Food, Hard Rock Café, Fueled by Ramen records, Ibanez Guitars, Disney, Target and Kohl’s department stores.

Lucky Brand Jeans
Senior Designer
November 2005 - March 2010

Hired as a graphic designer for retail and wholesale apparel line in 2005; promoted to senior designer in 2007; promoted to assistant manager of the womens apparel line in 2009. Executed design projects with a vast array of traditional illustration techniques which include, gouache, watercolor, acrylic painting, sketching, stamping and stenciling. Proposed fresh concepts, conducted market research and gave valuable input for new design directions for each season. Managing duties included directing workflow, providing direction and feedback to designers, acting as a intermediary between artists and fashion designers.

Mad Engine
July 2004 – November 2005

Hired as a part time entry level designer, promoted to full time graphic designer within 3 months. Worked on projects for several different licensed properties as well as private label graphics. Created highly detailed digital artwork targeted for men, boys, juniors and toddlers.


Art Institute of San Diego

July 2003 – July 2005

Montgomery High School

July 1996- July 2000


2 winning designs for Threadless\' ongoing design competiton

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