My name is Vanessa Y. Nichols and I am a professional artist. My primary skills are character illustration, graphic design and digital painting.
I also skilled and experienced with User Interface design. I specialize in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter, but I am excited by the opportunity to learn new tools and can do so with ease.
I am able to plan my work and deliver products to set dates. I am an effective communicator and problem solver, and capable of keeping my focus on the efficient achievement of deadlines that result in the best product possible.  I take great pride in being a team player and easy to work with.  I am motivated by constructive criticism and feedback on my works in progress.

I am currently working as freelance at Tiger Justice LLC and as Shift Supervisor Panera Bread.


2D Artist, Tiger Justice LLC Winston-Salem, NC 2008-Present
Created all visual art assets for all current Tiger Justice games.  These include Kitty Loves Sunbeams, I Love Tatos, and an untitled tattoo art based shooter.

2D Artist, Gale Force Logic Raleigh, North Carolina 2010-2012
Created some simple 3D assets (bottles, cans, wall lamps) for an unreleased game.  Created textures for planets and modeled a small Apollo ship for the sound-based game Atmospheric.

Graphic Design Intern, Altyris Advertising High-Point, NC 2007-2007
Helped create new materials for existing ad campaigns, mainly using Illustrator.  Created magazine layouts and design in Quark.

Shift Supervisor, Panera Bread Winston-Salem, NC 2009-Present
Leading all associates on shifts.  Scheduling breaks, keeping employees on task, deploying associates to certain positions at the beginning of their shift, handling customer concerns and complaints, insuring all food products are prepared to specifications as they are served to customers.

Game Credits

Atmospheric- Textures and one simple 3D model.
Martian Miner- Additional art assets
Yamato- Title screen and character portraits
I Love Tatos (unreleased)- All art assets: Logo, Sprites, UI, background images.
Kitty Loves Sunbeams (unreleased)- All art assets: Logo, Sprites, UI, background images.


University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina — BFA Art, concentration in Digital Design, minored in art history; May 2007


Software Knowledge: Proficient with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter, and Google SketchUp.  Some experience with Adobe Flash, Adobe InDesign, and Toon Boom Animate.