About

[About]

15

Years experience

2

Qualifications

1

International award won

1500

+ Completed projects

[PERSONAL INFORMATION]

ABOUT

Riaan is a qualified digital designer and animator, with more that 15 years of experience and won an international award at the New York Film Festival for his contribution to the animated short film, Somnium.

He has always been a curious and creative explorer, pushing beyond what we can see by continually questioning what is possible. Riaan loves working with brave thinkers; those prepared to take a risk are often the ones who create real change.

Riaan has a strong knowledge of Adobe Create Suite and CorelDRAW. He has a good eye for design and a solid understanding of responsive design principles. His experience also includes managing external creative resources and consultants. The numerous opportunities Riaan has had over the years, has enabled him to hone important skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication to name a few. Riaan's knack for problem solving and critical thinking skills is what sets him apart from the rest.

Riaan has a hunger to keep learning, growing and succeeding as a professional, always seeking new challenges.

FAVORITES:

Food: Mexican
Drink: Passionately crafted beer and ales
Music: Punk Rock
Band: Rancid
Sport: MMA | Rugby | Board and Extreme Sports | Motorsports
Game: Deadspace Series | Fallout Series | Diablo Series
Series: Breaking Bad | Black Mirror | IT Crowd
Superhero: Spiderman
Movie: Fight Club | Grandma's Boy | Saw Series
Car: Ferrari F40 | Lamborghini Huracan | Audi S5 | 69' Chevrolet Camaro SS

INTERESTS:

Cooking: Sushi | tortillas | fajitas | homemade pizzas
Gaming: Horror genre; any gaming time is a good time
Bowling: High score of 160 which includes a turkey
Traveling: Roadtripping | exploring new places, countries and cultures
Live Entertainment: In the form of music | sport | art | film the arcade
Outdoors: Learning kite boarding | BMXing
Animal lover: We currently have 5 lovely dogs

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[EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS]

  • 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 | Javascript | Dreamweaver | Photoshop Fireworks | MySQL and PHP | H TML | CorelDRAW | CSS | Microsoft Access | web publishing and hosting

    Followed by a short 3 month internship.

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  • March 2004Junior designer at G vd Schyff Publishing

    Company: G vd Schyff Publishing
    Date: March 2004 – June 2005
    Responsibilities:

    Newspaper, magazine and booklet layouts | road map drawings | business cards | logo design | web design | advertisement design | animated gifs and banners | l multimedia company profiles | flash animation | general computer maintenance

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

    Company: CTU Training Solutions
    Date: May 2004 – October 2004
    Part-time web and graphic design tutor as a second job:
    Computer literacy | HTML | Flash MX | Dreamweaver MX | Director 8 | Fireworks MX | Photoshop 7

  • September 2006Web & graphic designer at Future Pen

    Company:Future Pen 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 package design and print | P.O.S stands business cards | logo design | booklets | web design | web publishing web hosting | advertisement design | animated gifs and banners corporate identity development | multimedia company profiles | 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 package design | business cards | booklets | web design | web publishing web hosting | advertisement design | animated gifs and banners | corporate identity development | general computer maintenance

  • January 2011Freelance 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 modeling | 3D animation | post editing | VFX editing | consulting and progress meetings | corporate identity development | digital marketing collateral design | preparing artwork for print | art direction | project management | outsourcing and managing freelancers

    Whilst being a student at The Animation School (2011 - 2013)

  • December 2013International digital animation diploma

    Earned International Diploma in Digital Animation at The Animation School in Cape Town, South Africa:
    Course duration: February 2011 – December 2013
    Courses:
    3D modeling | character rigging and skinning | digital animation | post editing and production | story development | lighting | rendering | texturing production planning | character design | character poses | animating inanimate objects | storyboarding

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  • 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.

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  • January 2016Part time animation lecturer at Oakfields College

    Company: Oakfields College
    Date: January 2016 – July 2016
    Responsibilities:

    Part-time animation tutor as a second job | principals and history of animation | character conceptualization | character design and development | Autodesk Maya '16 and Photoshop CS6

    Whilst still freelancing.

  • July 2016Creative Director

    Company: Worldwide True Date Verification Pty LTD
    Date: July 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

    Design department manager | conceptualizing and setup of company's corporate identity | web design | general graphic design | 3D product conceptualization | company presentations | project management | progress meetings | online marketing & SEO | UI/UX design mobile application artwork

  • CurrentCreative Director & Consultant

    Company: The Thrash Corp
    Date: January 2017 – Present
    Responsibilities:
    Working as a project manager, consultant, 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 and domain management.

    Web design general graphic design 3D modeling | 3D animation | post editing | VFX editing | consulting and progress meetings | corporate identity development | digital marketing collateral design | preparing artwork for print | art direction | project management | outsourcing and managing freelancers