Designer, artist & hobby photographer.

What I Do

I’m self-motivating, forward-thinking and creative with extensive design, prepress and print experience in advertising, publishing and packaging. My expertise have been self-taught acquired through experience, perseverance, research and the drive to create, improve and succeed. These include extensive knowledge of prepress and printing, colour and layout theory and psychology, an eye for mathematical composition and visual narratives, desktop publishing, photo manipulation, illustration and digital painting. I create my own distinctive aesthetic mark using Adobe Creative Cloud, an Apple iMac and a Wacom tablet.

My full-time activities have left me with extensive design, prepress and print experience in advertising, publishing and packaging while working with many distinguished clients and brands such as African Sales (COTY), Prestige Cosmetics, Playstation and Disney. This involves concept, design and printing of retail and collateral media included in-store point of sale, packaging, large format printing, die cutting and reproduction thereof along with solving prepress, printing and IT technical issues.

My personal artworks redefine reality and stretch the limits of the imagination by capturing the surreal beauty of strange objects, places and phrases in dream-like emotive images that make a statement about literal interpretations and the conundrum of the human predicament by using photography, photo manipulation, montage, digital painting and 3D modelling.Many of these artworks have received awards and been showcased worldwide in different printed, digital and broadcasting media. These include magazines, television series and a gallery exhibition.

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SKILLS

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Operating Systems

Advanced

Intermediate

Basic

OS X (Mac)

Windows

Linux

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Applications

Advanced

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Intermediate

Basic

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Photoshop

InDesign

Illustrator

Acrobat Pro

QuarkXpress

Dreamweaver

Flash

Cinema 4D

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Knowledge

Advanced

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Intermediate

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Basic

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Prepress/Print Production

Graphic Design

Visual Art

Typography

Layout

Colour Theory

Composition

WordPress

HTML, CSS, PHP

Information Technology

Photography

Video Production

3D modelling

Digital music

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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Richard George Davis

Dates

Location

Hours

Website

Description

November 2004 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Part time

www.richardgeorgedavis.com

Creating of websites, logos and personal artworks.

This is what I do for fun in my spare time, creating personal artworks with an emphasis in digital composition which encompasses photo manipulation and montage, with an occasional mixture of digital painting and a variety of traditional techniques that I’m constantly exploring and developing.

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Reward Ventures

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Senior Designer and Production Artist (Artworker)

August 2003 – Present

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.rewardventures.co.za

Below the line advertising, marketing and communications.

Graphic design, dtp, prepress, web design, management of the design studio and liaising with clients and printers.

Responsible for the overall assignments from clients brief, concept and design of advertising, retail, and collateral media which has included in-store point of sale (POS), large format printing, packaging, die cutting and reproduction (prepress) along solving IT and design technical issues.

The clients have include African Sales (COTY: Various retail fashion and perfume brands such as Clavin Klein, Versace, Davidoff, Paco Rabanne, Givenchy and others), Prestige Cosmetics (Molton Brown), Ster Kinekor (Playstation) and Disney to name but a few.

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ADOS and Associates

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Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Studio Manager, Senior Designer and Production Artist (Artworker)

May 2001 – July 2003

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Below the line advertising, marketing and communications.

Graphic design, dtp, prepress, management of the design studio and liaising with clients and printers.

Responsible for the overall assignments from clients brief, concept and design of advertising, retail, and collateral media which included large format printing, packaging, die cutting and production along with the management of the design studio, liaising with clients ensuring that their briefs and production requirements are met, solving IT and design technical issues.

The clients included Nu Metro Distribution, Nu Metro Theatres, Blockbusters, Euroline Group, CRL Group, The French Embassy, GTV, Vision Africa, The Knob & Knocker, Hewlett Packard, JD Edwards and KPMG to name but a few.

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The Gendel Group

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

Graphic designer

April 2000 – April 2001

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.gendel.co.za

Above and below the line advertising, marketing and communications.

Graphic design, dtp and prepress.

Responsible for design assignments under the leadership of the manager and art director. This included the design of advertising, retail, and collateral media.

The clients included Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, Rennies Foreign Exchange, Glasfit, Momentum Life, HASS, Medicross, Beige and Vitalab.

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Freewind Publication

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Retoucher, junior designer, IT and later art director

April 1998 – December 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

Consumer and corporate publisher.

Designer, Art Director, dtp and prepress.

Responsible for design assignments under the leadership of the manager and art director. This included designing and laying out of magazines, digital effects and IT.

The magazine included Directions (Male fashion/lifestyle), Divestyle (Scuba diving and travel), Blush (Female teenager fashion/lifestyle), VIA (Corporate title published for Volkswagen South Africa) and Smart Fashion (Corporate title published for Smart Centre, a large retail clothing chain).

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In-Detail

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

website

Description

Designer

March 1997 – March 1999

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance/contract

Part time

www.in-detail.com

Below the line advertising, marketing and communications.

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The Bureau Imaging Centre

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Website

Description

DTP, production artist, IT and later department head

March 1996 – March 1998

Johannesburg, South Africa

Permanent

Full time

www.bureau.co.za

Printing.

DTP, prepress, press, web design, management of the studio and liaising with clients.

Responsible for printing of materials from film, lazers and chromalins, scanning on flatbed and drum scanners, digital effects, retouching, deep etching, paginating of multi-paged booklets and brochures, managing and maintaining equipment, hardware and software (processors, image setters, computers and scanners), managing the archive system.

the overall assignments from clients brief, concept and design of advertising, retail, and collateral media which included large format printing, packaging, die cutting and production along with the management of the design studio, liaising with clients ensuring that their briefs and production requirements are met, solving IT and design technical issues.

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Phoenix Repro & Litho

Role

Dates

Location

Contract

Hours

Description

Designer & IT

January 1997 – January 2005

Johannesburg, South Africa

Freelance/contract

Part time

Below the line advertising, specialising in labels and flexo printing.

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CLIENTS & BRANDS

African Sales (COTY)

Various retail fashion and perfume brands such as Calvin Klein, Antonio Banderas, Avril Lavigne, Carolina Herrera, Chloe, Christina Aguilera, Davidoff, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Jennifer Lopez, Kenzo, Lacoste, Blackup, Lancaster Sun, Marc Jacobs, Paco Rabanne, Prada, Puma, Quorum, Roberto Carvalli, Shakira, Tabac, Vera Wang and Versace.

Disney

Various Disney retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Ster Kinekor

Various Playstation (PS, PS2, PS3 and PSVITA) and Movie cinema related retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

Prestige Cosmetics

Molton Brown, Elemis and Chanel retail: In-store, point of sale (POS) and collateral.

DaimlerChrysler Services

Various Chrysler advertising, point of sale and collateral.

Debis Fleet Management

Various Mercedes-Benz advertising, point of sale and collateral.

Capital

Capital Resources and Capital Securities.

EGL

European Gemological Laboratory and College of Gemology.

Other clients and brands

Nu Metro, Look & Listen, JPTime, JP Krugerrand, BT Games, Man Finance, Momentum, Sasol, Eco Wash, ITT South Africa, Xylem and its various associated brands, Knob & knocker, The French Embassy, AveryDennison, Glasfit , Nampak, Phonak AG, Rennies Bank, Blockbusters, Roman’s Pizza, Merial, and IMS Engineering.

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RECOGNITION & AWARDS

Many of my artworks have received awards and been showcased worldwide in different printed, digital and broadcasting media. This includes magazines, television series and a gallery exhibition.

I have received Four Daily Deviations Awards from deviantart.com, three Editor’s Choice Awards from photoshopcreative.co.uk and digitalartistdaily.com, nine Daily Feature Awards from shadowness.com and various magazine features in Advanced Photoshop, Photoshop Creative and Practical Photoshop.

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Gallery exhibitions

Sponsor

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Set dressings on TV shows

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The Following, season 1

March 25 2013, season 1 episode 10

The Following Season 1 What I Do

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Magazines

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Interview

November 2013 issue 107

Photoshop Creative 107 feature What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Let Slip feature

September 2013 issue 105

PHOTOSHOP CREATIVE 105 FEATURE2 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Magazine Expert Top Tops

November 2012 issue 94

PS 94 FEATURE What I Do

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Photoshop Creative magazine > Image of the Month Award

August 2012 issue 92

PSC AWARD2 What I Do

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Advanced Photoshop magazine > Bleak world of absent law

November 2012 issue 102

AP FEATURE What I Do

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Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

June 2013

Practical Photoshop Jun 2013 web3 What I Do

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Practical Photoshop magazine > Image Review

February 2013

Practical Photoshop Feb 2013 web3 What I Do

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Photography For Beginners > Competition winner

January 2014

006 PFB 034 35 web 2 What I Do

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Awards

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Digital Artist website > Editor’s Choice

November 2013

DA AWARD 1 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

February 2013

PSC AWARD3 2 What I Do

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Photoshop Creative website > Editor’s Choice

August 2012

PSC AWARD What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Clockwork Orange

December 2012

clockwork orange DD What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Forever lost

January 2012

 What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Strawberry Rehab

March 2011

 What I Do

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Deviant Art Daily Deviation Award > Grenade

April 2009

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Eden’s Eye 02

September 2013

Award 12 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Kimberley Hole

July 2013

Award 11 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Clockwork Orange

August 2012

Award 10 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > The Night’s Watch

May 2012

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Hope Floats Away

June 2012

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Light Redemption

January 2012

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > Forever lost

December 2011

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > These Feelings I Hide

December 2011

 What I Do

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Shadowness Daily Feature Award > French Revolution 04

August 2011

Award 00 What I Do