ABOUT THE ARTIST

Laura L. Leatherwood

Pen & Ink Magic

Jurupa Valley, CA

Creativity is always a journey of exploring! – Pen & Ink Magic artist, Laura L. Leatherwood

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Custom Digital Painting, Photo Painting, Digital Oil Color Painting
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Owl, Flowers, Mixed Media, Art by Leatherwood, Digital Art, Crayon Art, Marker Art

Early Beginnings

I had a love of art early on and graduated from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Fine Art.

I continued my education in fine art at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). I completed additional lower and upper division art coursework.

While I was in junior college, I was honored with being selected for the gallery opening piece. It was called “Fusion” and was the main gallery exhibit. I continued to show work in student galleries at both Mount San Antonio College, and later at California State University, Fullerton.

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Digital Painting, Photo Enhancement, Fantasy Art, Mixed Media Design

Founding Pen & Ink Magic

Pen & Ink Magic was founded on Valentine’s Day, 2007, a day of love and optimism. My kids were growing older and I decided to start a creative home business where I could still share time with them.

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Photography by Leatherwood, Digital Enhancements, Digital Painting

Evolution

I have always been an artist who has worn many hats. I have always enjoyed taking on new challenges and fitting together new puzzles. Therefore, I did not limit my business to just one niche. Instead, I offered fine art, digital art, graphic arts, professional photographs, and photo enhancements.

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Wine Glass, Train Bridge, Typewriter, Digital Painting, Digital Art

My Current Design Tastes

To describe my design tastes, I like to think of myself as a mixed media artist in a modern sense. I prefer to join traditional art mediums with the technology of the current digital age. Therefore, I can combine elements of each medium in my designs.

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Tree, Windmill, Vegetables, Digital Painting, Digital Art

Recent Design Projects

A few years back, a shoe manufacturer selected two of my designs for production. Unfortunately, they transformed into a print-on-demand site and were acquired by another company.

Next, I helped design a mermaid-themed site with a client. Through this site, I was able to sell T-shirts, wall art, and numerous other beach-related gift items.

At one point, I was invited to design T-shirts for Merch by Amazon based on my online portfolio.

In November 2019, I began working as a global artist with VIDA & Co. I really enjoyed selling the clothing with them, but they have turned into a mask company, and no longer promote their clothing.

This year gave a new online greeting card company a try. It is a contract position. I submitted designs and earned royalties from sales on their website.

Today, I sell images and products using my designs or photographs. Commissions are available by request.

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Abstract Art by Leatherwood, Alcohol Ink Art, Colorful Art, Artist Leatherwood

Recent Achievements

In 2014, I entered an online design contest for the company called The Republic of Tea. I earned second place in the 2014 Darjeeling Tea Tin Design Contest.

Since then, I have earned numerous design awards on a print-on-demand website called Pixels.

In 2018, I entered a coloring book contest and won an honorable mention in the “2018 Rebelle Coloring Book Contest” for the company Smith Micro.

I won the cover contest for the 2020 Spring edition of the Top Women in the Pet Industry magazine. It is created by the Women in the Pet Industry Network. They gave me an interview and featured me in the inside spread. Due to the pandemic, the issue never came to print.

With VIDA & Co. I was honored the first position on their landing page for over a year along with numerous featured items on their own website and products they placed on Amazon.

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Laura L. Leatherwood was a contest winner of the Republic of Tea product label art contest.
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Laura L. Leatherwood was a multiple contest winner for this design on Pixels.
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Laura L. Leatherwood was a contest winner for the Rebelle 3 coloring book contest by Smith Micro.
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Laura L. Leatherwood was a contest winner of the Top Women in the pet Industry 2020 Spring magazine.
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Laura L. Leatherwood was honored with the first item featured on the landing page at VIDA.

Summary

Experienced Freelance Graphic Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Color, Web Design, Brand Design, Adobe Photoshop, and User Experience Design. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Arts – BA focused in Liberal Arts and Sciences/ Liberal Studies (Fine Art Concentration) from California State University-Long Beach.

Experience

Pen & Ink Magic Artist/Owner

February 2007 – Present

Jurupa Valley, CA

Professional Digital Design Services

It is the goal of Pen & Ink Magic to provide professional online design services. We strive to present our completed project goals with the highest quality, prompt service, and a competitive fee structure. We work remotely with clients, worldwide.

Creative Design

Pen & Ink Magic can help to reach your marketing goals with graphic designs that get you to your marketing destination. Several areas of these design services include corporate branding, marketing collateral materials, and promotional materials for employees and/or clients.

Playful Illustrations

Another area of Leatherwood’s expertise is in illustration. Leatherwood can design book covers, book illustrations, and create concept character development. The art can be created through traditional art methods or modern digital art.

Photo: Painting, Restoration, Retouch

The third area of Pen & Ink Magic services is the photo section. It contains photo painting, photo restoration, photo retouch, and product photography services. Leatherwood is an advanced pixel master and uses current pixel software to push your image further.

Clients

Cheryl Olmstead, Web Writing Services

Multiple Contracts – Graphic Designer & Photo Painter
September 2012 – Present
Killeen/Temple, Texas Area
Services provided: Ongoing graphic design services, publishing, book jacket design, book title illustration, ebook formatting, branding, business cards, marketing services, corporate gifts, client designs, T-shirt design

Julie Carkin, Client

Multiple Contracts – Graphic Designer & Photo Retoucher December 2013 – Present
Greater Los Angeles Area
Services provided: Seasonal Christmas cards, photo retouching

Craig LaMantain Photography

Multiple Contracts – Photo Retouch & Restoration
March 2014 – Present
Beaverton, Oregon
Services provided: Ongoing photo retouching portraits, photo restoration, digitally painting photographs for gifts

Dr. Kim Bloomer, Aspenbloom Pet Care

Multiple Contracts – Graphic Designer
July 2016 – August 2018
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Services provided: Badge/seal, newsletter header, podcast icons, branding

Dr. Jeannie Thomason, Natural Rearing Breeders Association

Multiple Contracts – Graphic Designer
July 2016 – October 2017
Cottonwood, CA
Services provided: Ongoing graphic design services, branding

John 14-6 Ministries, Inc.

Multiple Contracts – Illustrator
September 2012 – November 2015
Copperas Cove, TX
Services provided: Business card design, profile pictures, branding, publishing, book jacket design, multiple book cover illustrations, e-book formatting, T-shirt design

Source Refrigeration & HVAC

Contractor – Graphic Designer
February 2008 – October 2009
Anaheim
Services provided: Collateral marketing materials including trade show booths, advertisements, business cards, calendar design cover, magnets, stickers, training catalog, pull-up banners, table-top banners, fax sheets, stationery, kiosk display, postcards, training schedules, maps, photo manipulation projects

Education

Additional Coursework
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
Additional lower/upper division art coursework necessary to apply to a Master’s in Fine Art at Cal State University, Fullerton · (2001)

CBEST
California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) · (1994)

Bachelor of Arts
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
BA, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies · (1994)

Associate of Arts
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, CA
AA, Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies · (1990)

Skills

Color theory, drawing, composition, form, graphic design, illustration, lighting, painting, photography, technical drawing, typography and lettering, vector-based design

Software

Adobe Creative Cloud

Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop

Affinity

Designer, Photo, Publisher

Corel Painter

Microsoft Office

Excel, PowerPoint, Word

Fine Art Mediums

DrawingMixed Media, Painting

Specialties

Custom Digital Painting

Airbrushing, Custom Art Projects, Custom Pet Portrait, Custom Portrait, Digital Art,
Digital Drawing, Digital Painting, Digital Photo Painting, Digital Illustration, Digital Watercolor, Drawing Embellishing Photos, Fantasy Portraits, Mixed Media, Painting, Paintography, Photo Composites, Portraits, Watercolor

Photo Retouching

Collages, Embellishments, Enhancements, Restorations, Touch-ups