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Storyboard Artist/ Illustrator
New York City
"Making your Stories Come Alive!" Syr-Ivan Bennett is an Illustrator/ Storyboard Artist with several years of experience in working for companies such as Nickelodeon ("Dora the Explorer", "Go,Diego,Go!","Little Bill"), MTV (Truth ad campaign), Marvel Comics (Spider-Man, Barbie), and PBS (“Super Why!”)in addition to developing production art for films and books. He has also served as director/ plan manager for a number of projects working with junior artists, maintained deadlines, and dealt with multiple approval levels for several Major Brand Executives. These experiences have allowed him to develop excellent communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills crucial to being a team player in environments large and small.
Feb 2013 - Present
Research Illustrator
Illustrate Pre production Research Art for Pre-school animated series.
Dec 2009 - Feb 2010
Storyboard Artist
Peachblossom Media
Leading storyboard artist for “tween” cartoon pilot. Responsible for script interpretation,
first and second drafts as well as clean up of the board.
New York, NY
Sep 2001 - Jun 2007
Adjunct Professor – Storyboard Workshop
New York University-Center of Advanced Digital Applications
Instructed graduate students in the development of storyboards for film and video.

Created lesson plan/ syllabi, structure lectures and critique assignments
New York, NY
Sep 2001 - Jun 2005
Research Story Artist/ Art Coordinator
Nickelodeon/”Dora the Explorer & Go, Diego, Go
Worked with a team to create fully colored digitally rendered picture books for the Emmy™ nominated animated series.

Supervised quality control and art trafficking of Research storybooks.

Maintained office and research materials.
New York, NY
Jan 2004 - Dec 2004
Nickelodeon/”Jinny Starfly”
Wrote, Directed, and storyboarded animated short for Nick Jr. division.
Oversaw several teams to produce short animated/live action film.
New York
May 2012 - May 2012
Storyboard Artist
Assisted in Completion of pitch deadline, illustrating Characters and vehicles for Nissan Car Ad.
Other Experience
Excellent Storyboard Pitch and Presentation Skills

Story Artist for Nick Jr's “Little Bill”

Winner of Silver Medal Parent’s Choice Award 2007 – for animated short “Jinny Starfly”

Winner of Nickelodeon's First Interstitial Contest

Animated Short "Jinny Starfly" made front page of Hollywood Reporter

Interned at Marvel Comics

Interned at Olive Jar Animation

Wrote and Directed short film "Box"

Various freelance storyboard/ illustration projects
Brooklyn, NY
Sep 1992 - Jun 1996
Pratt Institute
Communications Design / Illustration