Steven Osowski

Steven Osowski

Grayslake, IL, US



I am an accomplished engineering firm technical illustrator and graphic artist with 20+ years of experience  in clearly showing all visual aspects of proposed architectural, engineering, and construction projects through photo-realistic digital illustration.

Right out of college, I was originally hired by a leading consulting engineering firm known globally today as the Parsons Corporation, to fill a marker renderer/graphic design position which has given me the opportunity to grow into the professional artist I am today.

Primarily, I was responsible for creating photo-realistic renderings of proposed highway, bridge, tunnel,railroad, and aviation projects, using Adobe Photoshop and 3D Studio Max. I have created graphs, charts, logos, custom vector art, detailed cross sections, and highway corridor improvement maps using Adobe Illustrator.

Working directly with project managers, proposal coordinators, construction plans, and 3D modeling, was essential before developing final renderings for client presentation. My mastery of Adobe Photoshop not only gave me the creative advantage in creating photo-realistic renderings, but has also earned me the lead position in acquiring key rendering assignments for such multi-million dollar transportation projects as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Rehabilitation Project, the Ferguson Slide State Route 140 Highway Alternatives, the Caldecott Tunnel 4th BoreProject, and the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project.



Butterfield’s LLC, Parker, Colorado, Freelance Illustrator

Created two large sixteen foot vector styled backdrop wall murals using Adobe Illustrator each depicting a 1920's old west theme for a new ice cream shop opening in Parker, Colorado, These largely set the store's ambiance, while keeping customers happily preoccupied during wait time.

Mar 2015 - Jun 2016

TOMY International, Oakbrook, Illinois, Contract Photo-retoucher

Privileged opportunity retouching over 18 studio images using Adobe Photoshop. Revised imagery placed as final art appearing on new toy packaging based on the Disney animated feature "Miles From Tomorowland." Enhanced, and applied special effects delivering the high quality results that Disney expects.

Feb 2015 - Feb 2015

Parsons Corp., Chicago, Illinois, Lead Engineering Technical Illustrator/2D-3D Graphic Designer

Successfully met and managed the demand for high-end photo-realistic renderings of proposed bridges, highways, railroad, tunnels, and aviation construction projects ranging from conceptualization to final presentation. Incorporated Microstation working drawings into 3D Studio Max constructing essential scene models. Applied texture maps, daylight system lighting, planned entourage, and set dramatic camera views rendered out as bases before tweaking them into photo-realistic renderings in Adobe Photoshop. Mentored creative staff and initiated quality assurance audits, contributing in further building our Core Services team reputation for Parsons.

May 2003 - Jun 2014

Parsons Corp., Chicago, Illinois, Senior Technical Illustrator/Graphic Designer

Created digital renderings of proposed transportation projects. Strategically colored exhibited CAD construction drawings for clarity and easier interpretation for public viewing. Designed dynamic technical graphics including, graphs, charts, detailed cross-sections, highway corridor improvement maps, large presentation boards, convention booth banners, and event posters, resulting in company-wide offices upgrading their proposal/presentation graphics, prowdly adding to business development growth.

May 1995 - May 2003

DeLeuw Cather, Chicago, Illinois, Graphic Designer

Gained diverse rendering experience from illustrating proposed highways, railroads, and river bridges using mixed media. Developed project report covers, flow charts, company magazine adds, and contributing team member building several travelling highway models for presentation, all of which impressed supervisors thus increasing the call for more proposal graphics, model building, design staff, and job wins.

May 1982 - May 1995


The American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois, Graphic Designer

Learning art fundamentals including, color theory, lighting, shading, shadows, reflection, texture, mass, form, perspective, and conceptual thinking.

Training in creative thought, executing design problem solutions by creating stylized graphics, and typology based on layout principles and esthetic design concepts in order to visually communicate concepts and ideas along the lines of marketing.

Sep 1978 - Aug 1981

Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, Illinois, Architectural Drafting

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work.

Drew rough and detailed scale plans of foundations, landscapes, building elevations, section details, all based on preliminary concepts, sketches, working drawings, and specification sheets.

Built contour and architectural display models.

Sep 1976 - May 1978


Certificate of Excellence, 3rd Place

Won third place in high school, by competing in a local area high school architectural drafting competition, hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology.


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