Kelly Heuss

Artist/designer
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MAKING COOL STUFF THAT PEOPLE LOVE

That’s really what it all boils down to. Over the past 25 years, I’ve worked to develop a diverse set of skills that enables to me to accomplish just about anything a client can imagine. Whether it’s graphic design, special effects makeup, traditional art and illustration, or fabricating props, pieces or even topiaries! I’ve worked for small independent businesses and major international corporations. I put in the same amount of effort regardless of the client, and help them come up with a final project they love. 

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INSTAGRAM

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
ADOBE INDESIGN
WORDPRESS
MAYA
TRADITIONAL ART & ILLUSTRATION
DIGITAL ART & ILLUSTRATION
AIRBRUSHING
SCENIC ART
COLOR MATCHING
ANIMATRONIC FIGURE FINISHING
MOLDING & CASTING
SILICONE LAY-UP, PAINTING & REPAIR
FIBERGLASS LAY-UP, PAINTING & REPAIR

MY EDUCATION

M.S. in THEMED EXPERIENCE 2020 - 2022

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA - ORLANDO, FL Designing and creating a variety of traditional and digital projects geared toward the theme park and themed entertainment industries. Blue sky design, concept development & research, rendering in traditional and 3D design, financial feasibility. Adobe Creative Suite, Maya, Procreate.

B.S. in BOTANY & PLANT PATHOLOGY 1997-2000

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY - EAST LANSING, MI - Completely missing the point of Jurassic Park, I really wanted to do genetic engineering, but definitely couldn't experiment on animals. Eventually, I realized that life in a lab just wasn't for me. On the upside, I did realize while working at Universal Studios Orlando that I literally made dinosaurs for Jurassic Park. Mission accomplished? I think so!

MY EXPERIENCE

OWNER - UNIQUELY INVITING/PUTTIN ON THE GLITZ 2008-CURRENT

Work with a variety of clients in person and online to design and print custom wedding invitations and other graphic design projects, currently under Uniquely Inviting. From 2008-2016, owned and operated a retail boutique offering the same services, in addition to gifts and home accessories. Handle all marketing, social media, web design, graphic design, merchandising, and day-to-day operations. Spearheaded local merchant events for Small Business Saturday and holiday events.

MAKEUP/FIGURE FINISH ARTIST - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO 2000-2004, 2016-2021

Started as a SFX makeup artist for Halloween Horror Nights, eventually transitioning to an artist in the Figure Finish department helping to maintain animatronic figures and show sets across three theme parks. Specializing in scenic painting, silicone, fiberglass, urethane, prop production, automotive painting, molding, casting, hair & fur work, airbrushing, and more. Promoted to Figure Finish Technical Trainer for a team of about 50 artists and technicians. Redesigned the onboarding and on-the-job training programs. Improved documentation. Developed a variety of training manuals, SOPs, and training courses.

DESIGN DIRECTOR - TOLEDO FREE PRESS 2008-2010

Design ads, page layouts, and eye-catching cover illustrations using Adobe Creative Suite for weekly newspaper. Design in-house marketing materials. Work closely with both sales and editorial staff. Design proposals for prospective advertisers and prototypes of new publications. Major clients include auto dealers, grocery stores, home furnishing and appliance stores, entertainment venues and more. Supervise summer design interns.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER - TOLEDO BLADE 2006-2007

Design and layout advertisements for a wide variety of clients. Graphic and logo design. Image retouching. Major account experience includes large auto dealers, real estate agencies, and home decor. Adobe Creative Suite for both PC and Mac platforms. Excellent adaptation to high-volume, deadline- oriented design projects.

VARIOUS CREATIVE ROLES - WALT DISNEY WORLD 2000-2006

Started at the Walt Disney World Horticulture Tree Farm as one of three people responsible for creating the topiaries seen across Disney property. Designed frames, selected plant material, planted and maintained topiaries on a daily basis.
Trained with artists from Disney Feature Animation and Disney Design Group to be a Show Artist at the Magic of Animation tour. Facilitated Youth Education Series (Y.E.S.) Program entitled the Magic of Disney Animation for visiting school groups.
Transitioned to WDW Central Shops, as an artist and then working foreman in the Character Head Paint Department where I maintained and repaired character costume pieces, trained new artists, spearheaded an effort to update and improve shop processes and documentation. Developed airbrush training classes for Creative Costuming and Cosmetology. Provided on-site support for Disney On Ice in Lakeland, Florida.

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