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Mark Jewell Graphic Designer


Mark JewelOriginally from NJ, I started getting serious about “commercial” art in High School, selling a few of my paintings and sculptures. I also made quite a name for myself in school by being banned from the HS art show. They say the content was a bit racy, I preferred to call it artsy.

Then came the big party, I mean college, the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. After my first year of school, I was sucked into an ad agency, doing some illustration work but mostly paste-ups and mechanicals, I sure do miss the smell of rubber cement and a waxer (ask your parents about that kids!). Working in NJ agencies I built a nice portfolio, and set my sights on North Carolina where I could afford a house on the artist’s salary.

In NC I landed a job with a FireFly Balloons, a hot air balloon manufacturer, managing their graphics department. We would design and build balloons for corporations tired of the same old advertising media. Working that gig for about 4 years exposed me to working with fortune 500 companies and some really big egos! I married and had two great children and we decided it was time to move back North, (was I crazy?) this time to Upstate NY.

Currently I’m finishing my term as the President of the Graphic Artists Guild in Albany and my day job is at a credit union as their Graphics Coordinator, it provides me with a steady income while I build my freelance agency. I figured I’ve paid my dues and it’s time to pick the jobs I want to do. One of my major contracts is my old friends at FireFly Balloons where I handle their marketing tasks. Thanks to the invention of a thing called the internet, I’m able to give FireFly the service they need from Upstate NY! Now, if someone could figure out that whole time travel thing!

Mark Jewell DesignerGraphic

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Illustration was done using
Adobe Illustrator

Illustration was done using
Adobe Illustrator



Illustration was done using
Adobe Illustrator

Direct mail pieces for the Capital Region Postal Customer Council.

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