About

Dylan is an illustrator, writer, and designer currently based in Cleveland, Ohio. While originally a Michigan native, she ventured to 'the land' in 2013 to pursue a BFA in animation at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and graduated in 2017. 

During her time at the Cleveland Institute of Art, she developed a skill set in visual development, digital painting, screenwriting, storyboarding, 3D-lighting/rendering, and 2D-animation. She was also introduced to multiple aspects of the animation pipeline through various professional opportunities. Additionally, she has 5 years of management experience and 9 years of customer service skills.

 

She developed two animated shorts during her undergrad: Snø, a collaborative film that was showcased on a planetarium dome in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and datura, her senior thesis film which was showcased in the Cleveland Institute of Art's 2017 Student Summer Exhibition.

 

In 2019 she started a small business specializing in polymer clay earrings: Water Bear Clay Co.  

In her spare time, Dylan enjoys making friends with cats, eating spicy food, and playing Stardew Valley. 

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Experience

Pro Image Experts

Customer Care

 Solon, OH  |  May 2017 - Present

  • Assist photographers in using outsourcing services + answer questions via email or phone correspondence.

  • Help photographers troubleshoot in Lightroom if needed.

  • Communicate with international editing team to achieve desired final output.

  • Provide consistent, fast, and empathetic customer support.

  • Create video tutorials (using Camtasia) showing how to navigate through the website for Photographer’s Edit; a custom photography outsourcing company.

  • Write scripts, record + edit audio in Audacity for narration in videos.

American Greetings

Lighting / Rendering Intern 

 Cleveland, OH  |  Aug. 2016 - Jan. 2017

  • Work on a team, conduct lighting tests in Autodesk Maya.

  • Render and export all final images + layers for a series of 3D-animated Carebears shorts on YouTube: Care Package Chronicles.

Halo Media Works

Freelance 2D-Animator  

 Cleveland, OH  |  Oct. 2016 & June 2017

  • Animate + organize assets in Toon Boom. 

  • Composite + export final animation in Adobe After Effects.

International Services Center

Freelance 2D-Animator

 Cleveland, OH  |  June - Nov. 2016

  • Storyboard key story moments. 

  • Adjust timing, add dialogue, composite, and lay out scenes for educational animations.

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

2D-Artist / Animator

 Cleveland, OH  |  Sept. 2015 - Apr. 2016

  • Collaborate on a short animated film for the showing of '360° of Sight + Sound', presented on a planetarium dome at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. 

  • Create assets in Photoshop, animate in Flash (Animate).

  • Composite + export visuals and audio in After Effects.

Dog Eat Dog Productions, LLC

Previsualization Intern

 Cleveland, OH  |  Sept. 2015 - Nov. 2015

  • Create storyboards based on director's shot list. 

  • Lay out shots, 3D-animate, and composite previsualization footage using Autodesk Maya for the feature film: Dog Eat Dog  (2016), directed by Paul Schrader.

Potbelly Sandwich Works

Shift Leader

 Allen Park, MI > Cleveland, OH  |  June 2012 - Apr. 2017

  • Lead staff to success through coaching, teamwork, and accountability.

  • Manage weekly inventory/ordering, sales, and labor.