Holly Johnson






  • Freelance Illustrator
    Saint Paul, MN
    2005 - Present
    Studio Cubed
    Published a short run coloring book in 2005. Currently producing original art for sale at conventions, art shows/festivals and out of studio. Products for sale currently include; original paintings, prints, magnets, and stickers.
  • Leather Artisan
    Saint Paul, MN
    Sep 2015 - Present
    JW Hulme
    Part of the leather department production team. Responsible for transforming full leather sides into the required parts for sewing assembly. This includes, cutting, edge painting, lamination, splitting leather, skiving, subassembly, hardware and logo embossing. Other job requirements include, the creation of templates for consistent logo stamping, quality control of materials used in part assembly, self driven ability to assess workflow and production, an ability to communicate with the rest of the production teams, precise and confident decision making and creative ability to problem solve. As part of the department I also have a shared responsibility for maintenance and upkeep of all of our equipment and machinery.
  • Staff Artist, Merchandise
    Minneapolis, MN
    Jan 2009 - Jul 2013
    Convergence, Inc.
    Responsible for creating promotional art within the convention brand for merchandise products such as buttons, t-shirts and sweatshirts. Helping the lead Artist expand the design style of the convention's brand, using trend boarding and market research; specifically using interviewing and internet trending research. Created a popular button series for the convention as well as hoodies and the 2012 convention member badges.
  • Department Head
    Minneapolis, MN
    - Present
    Anime Detour
    Manages and runs the Room Parties department for Anime Detour. Handles customer requests/program applications, hotel room assignments and customer care. Manages the staff who run the day to day tasks of the department. Responsible for the department budget, budget proposals and all orders for the department such as; food, signage, posters, office supplies, buttons and other expenses of the department. Responsible for maintaining all the documents and applications associated with the department. Sets the policies and rules for the program participants and handles all communications between the participants and the hotel to make the user experience smooth and worry free for the participating members.
  • Staff Volunteer
    Minneapolis, MN
    Mar 2005 - Present
    Anime Detour
    Responsible for designing promotional art for the convention, in addition to convention signage.
  • Intern
    Minneapolis, MN
    Jul 2007 - Dec 2007
    Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater
    Assisted staff artists in the creation of installations, costumes and props. Assisted with the construction of an installation piece, "Right on Lake Street" (http://www.mnhs.org/exhibits/lakestreet), for the Minnesota History Center. Created Masks and Costume pieces for the 2007 performance, "La Natividad". Responsible for maintaining and organizing their inventory of props, puppets, and fabric, in addition to other general office duties. Helped coordinate and run the Saturday morning free puppet show for kids.
  • Kids Stuff Staff
    Edina, MN
    Jun 2001 - Present
    Responsible for the safety and care of children in our program from 6 weeks to 10 years old.

    Additional Freelance art work: Wall Decor, animal paintings and decorations. Art for bulletin boards. Create coloring pages for the children and design craft projects. face painting for events.
  • Print Production Specialist
    Saint Paul, MN
    Jan 2019 - Present
    Johnson Brother's Distribution
    Operate large format flat bed and roll to roll printers. Operate automated and manual cutters. Assembly and finishing processes for displays and large signage. Finishing processes include, lamination, trimming, premask, vinyl decal application, canvas stretching, trimming, grommets, spiral bindings, die cutting, stack cutting.



  • Computer
    Proficient in the use of the following:

    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Microsoft Office
    Mac and Windows platforms
    Wacom Tablets (for digital drawing, inking, coloring and editing)

  • Technical
    Inking (paper and digital)
    Story boarding
    Trend Boarding
    Painting (Acrylic and Water Color)
    Color Theory
    Paper Making
    Sculpting (clay, polymer, two part epoxy, wood, wire, paper mache, foam, mixed media)
    Wood, Metal and Leather Crafting
    Prop Design (concept to creation in addition to prototyping)
    Illustration (digital and pencil/pen)
    Linoleum cut and wood block printing
    Surface Design
    Toy Design

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