CS5 Laughing Cat Arts - Resume
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Leslie Lee

Highly adaptable creative with a traditional photographic/illustrative background
Self-motivated, hands-on type with an exacting eye for detail

Many small to medium businesses and entrepreneurs have a good idea, but have no understanding of how to market their idea or have it be seen by their end-user or consumer. Other businesses may have worked with a number of graphic designers or agancies, and have a collection of marketing materials that are not unified or strategized, and don't understand the reason for branding and consistency from print to Web. With Laughing Cat Arts, I not only design corporate and marketing materials to include Websites, but also consult with and educate my client on all aspects of taking their idea to the public, online and in print. I have helped people struggling with a full-time job and a good idea to grow self-supporting businesses. I have also helped businesses unify their public image through print and Web so they are able to appear as professional to the public as they would like to be.


Visually oriented with a good aesthetic sense
Proven dependability, quickly adaptable to different situations
Artistically well-rounded, capable in 2d and 3d formats

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography concentration/French minor, 1990
John D. Murcheson Scholarship Recipient
Dean's List

United States Army Signal School Division
Training in Multimedia Illustration, 1995
Honor Graduate

Pratt Institute and Populi, Inc.
Web Communication Design Talent Track, 2000


  • Advanced HTML
  • Advanced CSS
  • Basic JavaScript
  • Able to work with established ASP and PHP


  • Daily use of Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5, ImageReady CS5, InDesign CS5, Acrobat 9.0, Dreamweaver CS5, Fireworks CS5
  • Basic knowledge of QuarkXpress and Office 2010 (Powerpoint, Word, Entourage and Excel)
  • Preparation of print-ready files for print vendors, entire design to final print production process
  • Practical knowledge of installment of Flash CS5 components and related issues
  • Proficiency in the use of digital, video, large format and 35mm cameras
  • Comprehensive study of many photographic processes to include hand processing of color and B&W film and print, Kwikprint and archaic processes
  • Extensive study of painting, drawing and printmaking techniques to include oil, gouache, watercolor, graphite, pastel, conte, etching and lithograph
  • Studio classes in sculptural medias such as pottery, stone cutting and wax casting


2003 to Present - Creative Director/Owner - Laughing Cat Arts, Dallas, Texas

  • Creative Director of California South Asian Bride in print and online magazine, set graphic standards
  • Layout of books and illustration for Big Think Media
  • Created GUI (Graphic User Interface) and icons for Muroc Systems and redesigned their marketing Web site, TeamSupport.com
  • Created Web site to include illustrations, blog and corporate print pieces for NiMA Marketing
  • Layout of online ads for Black White Read neighborhood publications
  • Teach corporate training classes in Adobe products, HTML and CSS - Client companies include Russell Athletic, Uncle Julio's, Reliant Energy, The Boyscouts of America and Lennox Air Conditioning
  • Create and maintain Web sites for businesses such as Lone Star Circus, The Rhythm Room, Vow to Dance
  • Create corporate and marketing materials, brochureware, illustrations, logos and Web sites for clients such as Privacy Compliance Group, Privacy Council, John Roberts BMW, Little Katana Sushi Bar and Coconuts Island Grill
  • Rebranding and marketing of all print and Web pieces to inclued illustrations for Neo Camerata, New Roads Records and the New Classical Performing Arts Association
  • Converted King Architectural Metal's 6,000+ item catalog to an E-commerce site on .NET platform
  • Maintained Web site and created programs, mailouts and posters for Meadow School of Arts at Southern Methodist University to comply with established graphic standards

2001 - Instructor - Art Institute, Dallas, Texas

  • Taught class in visual design and image manipulation for Web

2000 to 2003 - Senior Technical Consultant - Impact Innovations Group, Dallas, Texas

  • Illustrated, designed and produced in-house print pieces
  • HTML developer for Jobs.com and participated in restructuring and rebuilding Web site
  • Designed, coded and project managed creation of Web sites for clients such as Randall Publishing

1997 to 2000 - Designer/Illustrator - Aquent Partners, Inc., Dallas, Texas

  • Illustrated, art directed, designed and produced posters promoting community service projects and company events for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems and Aerostructures Sector
  • Worked with The Promotion Network designing and producing in-store promotional pieces for Philip Morris and United Distillers and Vintners
  • Worked with SPAR Performance Group designing, producing and illustrating promotional incentive print pieces for companies such as Taco Bell, Bruce Hardwood Floors and Nortel
  • Designed print and electronic presentations for Lockheed-Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems
  • Worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP designing, producing and illustrating of corporate print brochures, annual reports, posters and invitations for special functions

1994 to 1997 - Multimedia Illustrator - United States Army, 303d Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas

  • Created electronic presentations and printed visual aides for briefing and training purposes

1990 to 1994 - Freelance Artist - Dallas, Texas

  • Painted commissioned pieces for area businesses and individuals
  • Performed art and furniture restoration for private clients

1987 to 1990 - Photography/Video Production Assistant - The Center for Instructional Services, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

  • Created artwork for video production
  • Ran sound and broadcast equipment for UNT cable television broadcast classes
  • Worked on location as cameraman and photographer at UNT special functions

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