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Hello! Thanks for visiting my profile. My name is Shannon Gordy. I’m 26 years old and loving life. I am currently a graphic designer at Element Graphics & Design and an account manager for MagStrapz. Aside from my 9-5, I also freelance in drawing and design. I am a double major graduate in both Animation and Visual Effect and Drawing, which can be seen on my Resume . There, you can also see that, while being a double major, I maintained three jobs at once, one of which was an animation and graphic design internship, where I worked up to 60 hour weeks. On top of all that, I was able to remain on the Dean’s List all four years of school. I am extremely hard-working, dedicated, and driven. I am passionate about what I do, and I will work as hard a possible to get results.

Drawing has been a passion of mine since before I can even remember. I still have boxes full of drawings and characters I developed throughout my entire life. Having never taken a real drawing class until I was in high school, much of my talent resides in myself. Upon entering high school and college, many of my teachers and professors have improved upon my skills greatly, making me the artist I am today. I have always enjoyed a realistic quality in artwork, which is what a great deal of my drawings entail. I think there is something incredible about being able to capture a moment in such detail and realism, while still maintaining a sense of one’s self. Over the years, my technique has evolved, but still preserves that original quality. I have recently begun to change my style from extreme burnishing, to loosening up a bit and leaving my pieces slightly less “finished”. So far, I am loving what’s come out of this change and hope to increase my skill level and work on my technique to gain a whole new level of appreciation and style in my pieces. While I do love that sense of reality, I also have dabbled in the more abstracted arts. Vibrant colors and splashes of ink are other qualities I very much enjoy. Many of my pieces have a sense of this through their background, while still preserving the technical, detailed look of my realistic works. Because of this love of color, my favorite medium to use is colored pencil. I love the vibrancy it brings to a piece, yet still allowing for those tight details.

While most of life I have spent drawing, I have recently begun to thoroughly enjoy animating as well. I took one course in high school, using 3DS Max, which ignited the spark that was always looming within me. In college, I learned much more through the program Maya. Ever since I was little, I was entirely obsessed with cartoons and Disney movies. It was not until I was older that I realized, Disney isn’t the only company who makes cartoon characters come to life. There are so many companies out there using the very animation skills that I have learned in class. Character animating has always been a dream of mine, to one day work with the greats, such as Pixar Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and, as the childhood dreamer in me would say, Disney. All these companies, along with so many more, have redefined what it is to be an animator. They have set the bar so high in storytelling, while maintaining that sense of wonder and excitement in the animation process alone. Working in this field would be more than a childhood dream come true. Being able to learn such techniques, as I did in school, that all the greats use was amazing. While I still have so much to learn, I hope one day I am given the opportunity to work in the field to prove and improve my skills.

Graphic Design is another field in the art world that I have recently come to enjoy. Through an internship with the IONA Group, in Morton, IL, I was able to combine both my love for animating and my recent enjoyment of graphic design. I learned a great deal from working there, not only in the skill set required to create good work, but also how to work with clients to produce the best possible design in the quickest amount of time. I also learned a great deal in teamwork and how the production process works in the real world. Having such a variety of interests in the arts has both its benefits and detriments. It opens many doors, since I have a variety of skills to show, but it also makes it hard to choose just one. Honestly though, I would be content doing any of them, as long as art remains a part of my life.

Aside from my career endeavors, there is much more about me. I tend to be on the shy side, but once you get to know me, I am a very fun, open person who has many passions in life. Music is something that has always driven me as well. Whether it be through choir, dance, or just listening in general, I have always been obsessed with music. It gets me through the worst of days and makes the best of days even brighter. There isn’t a single day that goes by that I don’t listen to, and sing along with, music. I also am a huge animal lover. My dog, Bolt (of course) is my best friend. I rescued him, on the spur of the moment decision, a little over a year ago, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Coincidentally, he was already named Bolt, so when I got there and saw him, there was no other explanation than fate, and I decided I must have him. He makes me smile even on the worst of days. The saying is true, a dog really is a man’s best friend. I am also a vegetarian and would even go out of my way to swerve for a frog in the road; luckily I still have a clean record of never hitting anything. Much like the Disney Princesses I have always admired, I seem to have a way with animals. I have had countless encounters with wild animals, such as chipmunks, squirrels, and deer to name a few, coming up to me to eat from my hands, pet them, and even let me pick them up. I’ve got the pictures to prove it! I like to think of that as one of the many signs that animation is in my future.

Well, If you have made it this far into my lengthy website autobiography, then I hope you can see the passion I have for not only art, but many other things in life. I hope one day all my hard work, determination, and passion will pay off.