John A Ficchi

Illustrator 5 – CS5 Photoshop 5.5 – CS5, Quark 3 – 8, Mac OS7.5 – OSX 10.7, FTP Programs, Acrobat, iPhoto & iWeb, Photography, Color Correction CMYK, Printing RGB Web Colors, Pre-Press Printing, (moderate knowledge of In-Design & corral draw)
Kean University 1998 – 1999 Graduate Studies in Computer Design, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design 1995 – 1995 Associates Degree, Bob Ross Oil Painting Class – 2000 Studies in Color Theory, Jonathan Dayton High School 1995 – 1995 High School Degree
Macintosh Networking, Upgrading, Trouble Shooting, Scanning, Monitor Color Calibration
Keys Martin (Advertising Agency) 1999 – 1999 Seeked out a self-Internship after college to gain professional experience in the field of advertising.
PCA&D 1998 Senior Class Illustration Award, Johnnathon Dayton H.S. 1995 Congressional Art Competition

Employment Histtory

Young Advertising Inc.

Forked River, N.J. July 2001 – Present

2008 – Present    Art Director

2004 – 2008        Senior Graphic Artist – Assistant to Art Director

2001 – 2004        Graphic Production Artist

Main Clients Include:

Strauss Auto, CarQuest, Club at Woodbridge, Kearny Federal Savings Bank, Enterprise Bank, Rumson-Fair Haven Bank & Trust, Unifide,  Frank Millman Distributors, Inc, AutopartsStores, CeeKays, Supercool.

  • Takes the client’s job request from the Production Manager to create and design   a product/project according to the client’s specifications.
  • Design the Layout of Circulars with layers for various townships, Brochures, Window signs, Specialty catalogs, Product Labels, Specialty/Web Coupons, Tire Service Flyers, Newspaper ROPs, Logo designs, Business cards, Letter Heads, Calendar, In-store promotion ads, Award invitations,  Billboards, Display design for shows, Cover Illustrations for Merchandise Manuals and Coupon booklets, Mortgage Bank Flyers & Ads., End Caps, Posters.
  • Responsible for In-house Product illustration for companies such as QuakerState, Prestone, Armor All, Mobil1, and other major brands.
  • Responsible for taking digital photos for every product, maintaining the brand name photography database, hardware/software assets and office network.
  • Delivers the competed product back to the Production Manager for (further) proofing.
  • Make graphical or layout changes before sending it to the client for review and also mockup projects for client meetings.
  • Sends the finalize printed proofs, jpegs or PDF’s to the client for approval before sending it to the printer vendor for mass print production.
  • Set up files for prepress printing upon finalization by either using FTP services, emailing or burning to CDs.
  • Checks and makes any last minute changes for graphical glitches, off-set printing, and color corrections from printer vendor’s proof before complete finalization for mass production.

 

Ficchi Illustration

Freelance Business – Waretown, N.J.  1998 – Present

  • Knowledgeable in Traditional Art – Oil/Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Murals, Pen & Ink, Cartooning, Comics, Still Life, Airbrushing.
  • Currently working on a project for Gragekits.us  designing a new web logo and Paint Bottle Label as can be found at http://garagekits.us/colors/  Repair/paint and customize comic superhero resin statues & busts for hobbyist in the statue community and later was commissioned by Bowen Designs Inc. to paint artist proofs of a five different prototype resin superhero statues that were later mass produced.
  • Designed and Illustrated various products of car parts, bottles, tools, business cards, logos, T-shirt prints in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Quark Express.

 

­Kitbuilders Magazine

Columnist 2008 – 2009

  • For Tips & Tricks section on how to customize resin statues/busts for “Kitsbuilders Magazine”.

Pathmark Supermarket

Graphic/Production Artist – Woodbridge, N.J. 2000 – 2001

  • Designed page Layout and corrections with product Imaging  for various township Sunday Paper circulars.
  • Created logo design, Annual In-House Reports, Poster, Flyers and Award certificates.
  • Taught new hires on various procedures of Pathmark page layout, rules and guidelines  • Worked with proofreaders to maintain different versions of township circulars with different product prices in Quark Express.

Corbis Images

Photoshop Imaging Artist – Manhattan, N.Y. 1999 – 2000

  • Restored 75-90 images per day by using Photoshop to digitally color correct and repair scanned images of scratches, creases, cloning, marks, and with color correction.
  • Scanned in all 35mm & 120mm negatives,  4×5 color & b/w transparencies with Kamie Fluids, 4×5 & 8×10 prints to  Scitex and Topaz scanners using Lino color program.
  • Converted all scanned high resolution images from 40 meg files to low resolution for internet viewing and website purchasing.
  • Was responsible for troubleshooting scanners / monitor calibration, archived database, and networked Macintosh Computers and software.
  • Created CD copies of all client purchased photography to disk for sales department.
  • Backed up and cataloged all work done each day for old DLT tapes.