About

[About]

A little bit about me.

14

Years experience

2

Qualifications

1

International award won

1000

+ Completed projects

[Personal Information]

The person I am:

Me in short:

Hey, I'm Riaan, digital designer, gaming enthusiast, home brewer, music lover, extremely proud father and incredibly lucky husband. I currently reside in Wilderness, South Africa where tranquility is embraced and allows for creativity to flow naturally, living a dream with my amazing wife and beautiful daughter. I've been extremely privileged to be able to complete a 3 year course in digital animation from 2011 to 2013. Where I was part of a team that created a international award winning animated short called Somium.

In 2003 I also completed a 1 year course in web & graphic design, and worked as a designer since. I love working with graphics, anything is possible and you’re imagination is your only limitation. There's just something magical about it.

I'm currently involved with two digital agencies on a freelance basis working remotely, because, if you lived here, you would never want to leave either!

My current professional goals are to keep on learning and growing as a digital designer, keeping my eyes peeled for opportunities internationally and always seeking for new challenges. Get in touch and let's create something amazing!

Favorites:

Food: Mexican
Drink: Craft Beer
Music: Punk Rock
Band: Rancid
Sport: Rugby / MMA / Board & Extreme Sports
Team: Cheetahs
Game: Deadspace Series, Fallout Series, Diablo Series
Series: Breaking Bad, Black Mirror, IT Crowd
Movie: Fight Club, Grandma's Boy, Saw Series
Car: Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Huracan, Audi S5

Hobbies & Interests:

Cooking: Sushi, tortillas, homemade pizzas! I want to try and make them all, I'm a true foodie!
Gaming: I'm a huge fan of the horror genre, but to be honest any gaming time is a good time.
Bowling: With as many friends as possible! High score of 160, includes a turkey!
Traveling: Roadtripping & exploring new places & cultures.
Live Entertainment: In the form of music, sport, art, film or the arcade!
Outdoors: Working on learning and starting kite boarding soon!
Pets: Twister (Jack Russell), Elliott (Basset Hound), Bella(Basset Hound), Seargent (Chow X Sharpe), Murphy (Lab X no one knows)

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[Experience and achievements]

My working experience:
  • November 2003Web & Graphic design diploma

    Earned National Diploma in Web & Graphic design at CTU Training Solutions Vereeniging:
    Course duration: February 2003 – November 2003
    Courses:
    Flash, Java Script, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, MySQL, HTML, Corel Draw, CSS, MS Access Advanced

    Followed by a short 3 month internship.

    View diploma

  • March 2004Designer at G vd Schyff Publishing

    Company: G vd Schyff Publishing
    Date: March 2004 – June 2005
    Responsibilities:
    Corel Draw 10, Photoshop 7, Html, JavaScript, MS Image Composer, Fireworks, MS FrontPage 2000, Director, Dreamweaver 4 / MX, Flash 5 / MX

    Newspaper and magazine/booklet layouts, road map drawings, business cards, website design, adverts, animated gifs & banners, logo desig, multimedia company profiles, flash animations/drawings & general computer maintenance.

  • May 2004Part time web & graphic design lecturer at CTU

    Company: CTU Training Solutions
    Date: May 2004 – October 2004
    Worked as lecturer, giving classes from 6 – 9 in the evening, teaching the following:
    Computer Literacy, Html, Flash MX, JavaScript, Dreamweaver MX, Director 8, Fireworks MX, Photoshop 7

  • September 2006Web & graphic designer at Future Pen

    Company: Future Pen Pty LTD/SMS Fleet Pty LTD
    Date: September 2006 – February 2009
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a solo graphic designer, web designer & printer.
    Corel Draw 13, Photoshop 7, Macromedia Director, MS FrontPage, Dreamweaver 4 / MX

    Product sample layouts, product packaging designing/printing, POS stands, business cards, website design, web publishing/hosting/maintenance, advert designs, animated gifs & banners, logo design/corporate identity, multimedia company profiles, booklets & general computer maintenance.

  • April 2009Lead web & graphic designer at The Thrash Corp

    Company: The Thrash Corp cc
    Date: April 2009 – November 2010
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a lead graphic designer, web designer & assistant printer.
    Corel Draw 13 / X6, Photoshop CS 6, Dreamweaver CS5, Other Abode Creative Suite packages

    Product sample layouts, product packaging designing/printing, POS stands, business cards, website design, web publishing/hosting/maintenance, advert designs, animated gifs & banners, logo design/corporate identity development, multimedia company profiles, booklets & general computer maintenance.

  • December 2013International digital animation diploma

    Earned International Diploma in Digital Animation at The Animation School in Cape Town:
    Course duration: February 2011 – December 2013
    Courses:
    3D Modeling, Character Rigging/Skinning, Digital Animation, Post Editing/Production, Story Development, Lighting, Rendering, Texturing, Production Planning, Character Design, Character poses, Animating inanimate objects, Storyboarding

    View diploma

  • March 2014New York FIlm Festival award

    Date:March 2014
    In 2013 as a final year student at The Animation School in Cape Town, I was part of a 7 man team that created an animated short film titled Somnium. We won an award at the New York Film Festival in 2014! We were also nominated at other film festivals.

    View award

  • January 2016Part time animation lecturer at Oakfields College

    Company: Oakfields College
    Date: January 2016 – July 2016
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a part time animation lecturer, teaching the principals and history of animation. character conceptualization ,design and development.
    Autodesk Maya '16, Photoshop CS6

  • January 2016Freelance Designer

    Company: Freelance
    Date: January 2011 – July 2016
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a 3D artist, graphic designer & web designer.
    Autodesk Maya '14 / '15 / ‘16, Corel Draw 13 / X6 / X7, Abode CS5 / CS6, Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Wordpress,Web hosting & domain management, SEO

    Web Design, General Graphic Design, 3D Product creation/demonstration, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Post Editing, VFX Editing, Client consultations and progress meetings, Marketing, Outsourcing and then Managing other freelancers during multiple projects.

  • July 2016Chief Designer

    Company: Worldwide True Date Verification Pty LTD
    Date: June 2016 – December 2016
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a 3D artist, graphic designer, web designer.
    Autodesk Maya ‘16, Corel Draw X7, Abode CS, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Wordpress, Web hosting, SEO

    In control of the design department, conceptualizing and setup of company’s corporate identity, web design, general graphic design, 3D Product creation/demonstration, company presentations, client consultations and progress meetings, Online marketing & SEO, UI/UX design, mobile applications artwork.

  • CurrentFreelance Designer

    Company: Freelance
    Date: January 2017 – Present
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a 3D artist, graphic designer & web designer.
    Autodesk Maya '14 / '15 / ‘16, Corel Draw 13 / X6 / X7, Abode CS5 / CS6, Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Wordpress,Web hosting & domain management.

    Web design, general graphic design, 3D modelling, 3D animation, Post Editing, VFX Editing, client consultations and progress meetings, marketing, preparing artwork for print. Art direction. Project management, outsourcing and then managing other freelancers during multiple projects.

[Skillset]

My skill set:
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