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Ashley Koo

Ashley Koo

Pasadena, CA, US

 

About 

<<I am…
I am a creative visual concept artist. Not only I have an artistic side, I also have a technical side. I have a Bachelor of fine art degree, but also I have a Bachelor of science degree too. I majored Illustration emphasized with the Entertainment design. Even the traditional artistic skills, I have both 2D and 3D digital art skills. I love to find the unique concepts and stories. From those ideas and concepts, I create the whole different imaginary world by visualizing into realistic form. Especially, I am interested in creating the unique space and architecture ,and also characters and props. Mostly these art works that I've created are very entertaining and include themes. That's why I have worked for Theme Park design industry and involved in some environmental design projects. I am a designer and an artist in the commercial art industry. That Fact leads me to devote my time to making a real products like a realistic 2D outputs or 3D forms from these fanciful imaginary world. I feel great joy from my artistic design process.

 

<<Educational Background
I was graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in December 2008. I majored in Illustration and minored in Entertainment design track. I built up the strong foundation skills in both sides. I strengthened my traditional drawings and painting skills ,and also graphical senses of design in Illustration department. In entertainment design department, I strengthened my technical side of the skills. I took the classes of industrial design's foundations such as visual communication series, and advanced perspective class, and researching process. I also took the essential entertainment design majors such as the architectural design I, II, background design I, II, character design I, II, digital painting, prop & vehicle design etc. Thanks to the heavy works of 4 and half years' study, my foundation skills and concept development ability became stronger and solid. I’m proud of my educational background at Art Center.
Recently, I have completed eight months - digital 3D art track called visual effects. This training made me have strong artistic tool both 2D and 3D to express any concept.

<<Career Experience
After graduation, I had worked for several companies as a freelancer concept artist. For Crazy Bird animation studio, I had designed the props, and did the background paintings. For AniFunny, I had worked as a full time theme park designer. I took many small through big budget projects. Through projects, I had suggested the total concept development design process for many theme park plans. I devoted my time to creating the whole design plan and concepts I also visualized the theme parks' air views and also 3D forms with graphical visualization. Mostly, I used the software applications like these: Photoshop, Sketch Up, 3Ds Max, illustrator. For Himcontents, I have worked as an art director for kid's Mobile contents. It included IPad Kid's Application Development, Children's book publishing project, TV animation series. For this company, I Mostly created and suggested artistic styles and concepts, and also designed the specific visual development for each projects.

<<What is my dream?
My dream is to create powerful artworks and designs affecting people in a positive way. Through my works, I want people to change their life styles into energetic and hopeful, also positive and warm ones. Not just only designs I involve in, I also would do the total idea developemt on both sides of the artistic sides and business, and technical sides with the freshing ideas and fun imaginary creative works. As an art director or producer in an art&design studio, I would make my own brand, and create the most positive and fun, and also life changing, creative outcomes at every projects.

 

<<What role could I contribute to in this position?
I love to create the most fanciful imaginary world into a realistic form and environments within a unique creative process. According to clients' needs and problem solving situations, I will eager to find out the best matching atmosphere and concepts by a lot of drawings, and 2D concepts. With my 3D skills, I will visualize the finalized concept into an effective 3D format and textures, light setting, also different perspective shots until clients are satisfied.

<<My Personality?
I’m a peace maker. I would like to be harmonious as much as I could do as one team. I have a soft and delicate personality, Also, I am a meticulous planner. I pursue true freedom, but also I would like to be a reliable person in every aspect of my life.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

HimContents, Seoul, Concept Designer and Art Director

Art Director Senior Designer
Advertising & Media / Professional Design
● Children's E-Book Application Project
-Suggested the general concept
-Suggested the general artistic style and direction
-Majority of background design works
-Designed the title page
-Designed the costume design
-Designed the prop design

Aug 2011 - Oct 2012
 

AniFunny, Seoul, Senior Theme Park Concept Designer

2010.04 ~ 2011.04 AniFunny
Senior Designer Manager
Construction / Professional Design
● Theme Park Design Industry
-Lead theme park concept developer and designer
-Actualized the theme park project of "memorial park for
Hansen Disease Patients in South Korea and Completed
construction (2011)
-the Total design process for the theme park plans
-Creates the whole design plan and concepts including the
air view designs of theme parks
-Skills being used mostly:
Photoshop, Sketch Up, 3Ds Max, Power Point, Illustrator

Apr 2010 - Apr 2011
 

Education 

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, US, Bachelors, Illustration

Illustration+Entertainment Design

<<Educational Background
I was graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in December 2008. I majored in Illustration and minored in Entertainment design track. I built up the strong foundation skills in both sides. I strengthened my traditional drawings and painting skills ,and also graphical senses of design in Illustration department. In entertainment design department, I strengthened my technical side of the skills. I took the classes of industrial design's foundations such as visual communication series, and advanced perspective class, and researching process. I also took the essential entertainment design majors such as the architectural design I, II, background design I, II, character design I, II, digital painting, prop & vehicle design etc. Thanks to the heavy works of 4 and half years' study, my foundation skills and concept development ability became stronger and solid. I’m proud of my educational background at Art Center.
Recently, I have completed eight months - digital 3D art track called visual effects. This training made me have strong artistic tool both 2D and 3D to express any concept.

Sep 2004 - Dec 2008
 

Areas of Specialization 

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