Christmas 2013
It's that time again!
Dirtbags Movie Poster
Dirtbags Movie Poster
Dirtbags Movie Poster
Dirtbags Movie Poster
Christmas 2012
The Warning Signs
Coke T-shirt Design
Christmas 2011
Christmas 2010
Venom Butterfly
Christmas 2009
Solid State Fundamentals - Interactive
Interactive Logic Gates
Gas Mask
Nuns without Guns Pinup
Stu Bear Character Concepts
Stu Bear Character Concepts
Stu Bear Character Concepts
Pokey Pokey
Christmas 2008
Zombie Boy and Bunny
In Your Court: Page 4 of 5
In Your Court: Page 3 of 5 image
In Your Court: Page 2 of 5
Bunny Hop: Business Card
Prey: Running Hare T-shirt Design
Beyond Words T-shirt Design
Beyond Words T-shirt Design
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology Page Layout
Christmas 2007 Cute Card
Christmas 2007
Figure with Teddy Bear
Technical Illustration Samples
Technical Illustration Samples
Culinary Arts Page Layout
Electrical System Design and Application
Commercial and Industrial Wiring Page Layout
Commercial and Industrial Wiring Page Layout
Printreading for Installing and Troubleshooting Electrical Systems
In the Snow
Christmas 2006
Res: Annu page 11 of 20
Res: Annu page 10 of 20
Res: Annu page 9 of 20
Mise en Place
Teddy Scares page 3 of 3
Teddy Scares page 2 of 3
Teddy Scares page 1 of 3
Persona (Variant 1)
Christmas 2005
Oliver Mendal
Christmas 2004
Bed Monster
Voodoo Girl
nicole s. polak
nicole s. polak

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• Illustration
• Technical Illustration
• Comic Book Illustration
• Logo Design
• Package Design
• Textbook Design & Layout
• Book Cover Design
• Brochure Design & Layout
• Newsletter Design & Layout
• Business Card Design
• Postcard Design
• Magazine Design & Layout
• T-shirt Design
Web &
Digital Media
• Web Design
• Animation
• User Interface Design
• Acrobat Fill-In Forms and Calculations
• PowerPoint Slide Design
• Word Document Design
• Color Correction
• Retouching
• Manipulation
• Restoration
• Windows OS
• Mac OS
• Adobe Creative Suite
• Microsoft Office
• Corel Painter
• Quark Xpress
• Google SketchUp
• Digital Photography
American Technical Publishers | Orland Park, IL | 2006 - Present
Illustrator | 3+ Years

• Create, manipulate, and acquire elements for illustration
• Design book covers
• Design and lay out textbooks, workbooks, and other related technical training material
• Create art and design for culinary board game cover
• Create art and design t-shirts for partner instructional institution
• Edit and touch up of photos
• Interpret blueprints, engineering drawings, and other technical reference material
• Collaborate and communicate with technical editors, copy editors, illustrators, and other publishing professionals
• Research advancement of art standards and software technology
• Conduct research for accuracy of technical diagrams and artwork
Quality Assurance Lead & Digital Media Artist | 5 Years
Quality Assurance Lead Duties
• Delegated all work for quality assurance
• Coordinated quality assurance efforts for all print and digital media
• Communicated with other department leaders to maintain high standards for products
• Implemented new standards for quality assurance procedures Digital Media Artist Duties
Digital Media Artist Duties
• Designed graphics for digital media platforms
• Coded in HTML and CSS
• Created instructional animations
• Created icons, buttons, and logos
• Designed for user interfaces
• Assisted in administrative work for Digital Media Manager
• Researched advancement of design standards and software technology
Other Duties
• Conducted lead technical support and customer care for digital media products
• Continual aid with Illustration department duties such as cover and layout designs

Beyond Words | Graphic Designer | Chicago, IL | 2008 – 2010
• Created band’s new identity and logo
• Designed t-shirt merchandise

Viper Comics | Concept Artist/Illustrator | Dallas,TX | 2009
• Created character concepts
• Created illustrations

Approbation Comics | Illustrator | Louisville, KY | 2008
• Created comic book illustrations

Ape Entertainment | Illustrator | San Diego, CA | 2006
• Created comic book illustrations

The Forest Park Post | Illustrator & Graphic Designer | Forest Park, IL | 2004, 2006
• Created primary logo design
• Created illustrations

Kipling Homes Development | Graphic Artist | Shorewood, IL | 2005
• Created advertisements, promotional pieces, and billboards
• Selected/contacted vendors to facilitate final production of projects
• Maintained relationships with existing and potential vendors as well as sales representatives
• Ordered and maintained supplies, materials, and equipment
• Performed administrative duties for marketing supervisor
• Colorized and created mock up samples of production material | Illustrator | Aurora, IL | 2003-2005
• Created weekly illustrations for online publication
• Created web site illustrations and designs
• Created package design and illustrations for DVD product

Harisen Attack!! | Illustrator & Graphic Designer | Alhambra, CA | 2004
• Created company identity logo
• Created spot illustrations for merchandise

C & A Publishing Corp | Graphic Designer | Elmhurst, IL | 2003
• Created designs and layouts for merchandise

Chicago Tribune: Chicagoland Publishing Company | Production Designer | Oakbrook, IL | 2002 – 2005
• Collaborated in the design, photo editing, proofreading, and data entry of Cars Magazine and Job Finder publications
• Created designs and illustrations for advertisements and fillers for Cars Magazine publication
• Performed additional artistic duties as needed
Bachelor of Fine Arts with
emphasis in Illustration
GPA: 3.64/4.0
Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, IL - 2002
• Northern Illinois University
Dean's List
• Golden Key International
Honor Society
• Joliet Junior College
Dean's List
• Phi Theta Kappa
• Recipient of Art and Lisa
Lennon Memorial
• Artwork purchased by Joliet
Junior College