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About Joel Kristian Savell View Résumé

Creative Multimedia Artist  
  • Tech savvy creative with a passion for 3D modeling and 20+ years of experience in variety of media, including video, animation, communications, music/audio, eLearning, web, design, illustration, and data analysis.
  • Strong understanding of creature/human anatomy, shape language, color theory and composition.
  • Skilled at translating complex concepts, data, and information into clear, accessible charts, tables, images and written explanations.
  • Well versed in database work and experience working with data sets and spreadsheets. 
  • Experience working with metadata and scripts with a focus on accuracy, consistency, and searchability. 
  • Extensive experience using multiple design tools, corporate design, branding rules and guidelines.  
  • Clear communicator; excellent interpersonal skills, experience working with a diverse range of clients.  
  • Highly motivated and focused; experience completing time sensitive projects with a range of scope. 
  • Professional demeanor; ability to maintain composure in the face of conflict, adversity and complication.
  • Excellent collaborator; focused on developing creative solutions to workplace challenges. 
  • Effective leader and team member; skilled in building camaraderie while honoring creative goals.

With a unique blend of visual and technical skills, I ultimately see myself as a storyteller. The story is the goal: Every piece of art, whether it be graphic design, illustration or video should tell a story in its own way. But getting to that goal requires the artist to be a problem solver. That is also what I see myself as: a problem solver.

My career vision encompasses storytelling, cinema, video, animation, music, dialogue, art & emotional impact, with heavy doses of behind-the-scenes problem solving, task handling, and teamwork.

I have been playing music professionally since my teenage years for the rock band Superior Olive as bass guitarist and part-time vocalist. Surfing for about the same amount of time. Gardening is a more recent passion, my Santa Cruz home garden was featured in summer 2013 as part of the Santa Cruz Edible Gardens tour. Chilies, tomatoes, cherry plums, corn, and sweet peas are among my favorite crops. Other Sources of inspiration are science fiction, science fact, comedy, people, kids, animals, nature, love, family, my nephew & nieces, theology and God..
Cabrillo CollegeAptos, CA    
Received Computer Animation Skills Certificate, December 2013, emphasis in 3D modeling and animation with Autodesk Maya and Autocad. Also studied graphic and web design.

University of CaliforniaSanta Cruz, CA    
Graduated with B.A. in Art with emphasis in painting & drawing, June 2000. Also did work in web design and MAX based interactive programming for art installations.
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