Full name

Monica Nguyen

Blurb

Live in the moment and just keep moving forward.

Biography

As a kid born in the 90's I have definitely experienced the many transitions of technology -- as much as the world has changed there is something about traditional media that continues to be my favorite. The biggest inspiration that keeps me on my art journey would definitely be anime and video games.

The many anime shows I have watched ignited my interest for the style and culture. Soon after, my love for reading started with manga -- especially the titles created by Rumiko Takahashi. I started creating my own stories and continued to improve my drawing skills.

Another inspiration that keeps my love of art alive are video games. I still own my first PlayStation to this day and replay Lunar Silver Star Story when I get the chance.

One of my goals in life is to be support for a bigger production that will give joy to others as it did for me.

As my journey dictates I have been experimenting with many medias and exploring various projects. I love learning and gaining concepts new or old.

I enjoy visual designing, producing, and concept building to tell stories. Ultimately, I hope to be in a position that can assist or support others.

Besides art -- I have an interest in various hobbies such as TV shows, playing board games, and completing jigsaw puzzles. I enjoy the cold seasons and going for walks. I do volunteer work and catering events.

Thanks for stopping by and please message even if just to chat!

Experience

Editor /Redrawer

Chibi Manga

Remote · May 2022 – Present

Clean, edit, and re-draw scanned comic /manga pages. Check on quality of pages before online publication.

Page

East Regional Library

Durham, NC · Aug 2021 – Present

Check-in, hold, sort, and shelve library items. Add mending sheets to fix library labels as noted. Pull items for tracing, holding, or transporting for system updates and patron requests. Communicate and help patrons with support when needed.

Materials Handler

Millennium Print Group | EPG

Morrisville, NC · Mar 2021 – Dec 2021

Assemble, distribute, and organize materials in an orderly fashion for machine operation. Check quality of finished products before final packaging. Verify the quantity of items with scale adding or removing items as needed.

Support other groups and tasks for efficient production. Keep workstations clean. Make sure products and trash are separated in appropriate containers for proper disposal.

Painter

Acrylic on Canvas

Raleigh, NC · Dec 2021 – Dec 2021

Commissioned to create an acrylic on canvas piece for the client's home. The canvas dimensions are 36" H x 40" L.

Video Editor

Duke Hospital

Durham, NC · Feb 2021 – Feb 2021

Worked with a nurse to create an instructional training video.

Painter

Acrylic on Canvas (1-Piece)

Creedmoor, NC · December 2020 – Jan 2021

Commissioned to create an acrylic on canvas piece for the client's home.

The canvas panel is 36" H x 24" L.

Painter

Acrylic on Canvas (3-Piece)

Green Bay, WI · Sept 2020 – Oct 2020

Commissioned to create a three-piece canvas. Worked with the client's family for family social participation to produce the final product. The canvas panels are each 20" H x 24" L.

Painter

Acrylic on Canvas (3-Piece)

Houston, TX · July 2020 – Aug 2020

Worked with client to create a three-set canvas decorative wall piece. Inspiration for the project came from the client's home theme.

The materials used were acrylic, spray paint, and multiple brushes. Each canvas panel is 40" H x 30" L and the final project consists of three panels total.

Logo Designer

Tony2Ton

Remote · April 2020 – July 2020

Illustrated and designed a rebranded logo for a client’s cooking channel using Adobe Illustrator, Tony2Ton.

flow.page/hungtony01

LGN - Beta Reading Comprehension App

North Carolina State University Thesis

Raleigh, NC · Aug 2018 – May 2020

Literary Graphic Novel is a concept for a visual application that includes educational books adapted into graphic novels. The illustrators will visualize chosen books putting emphasis on certain panels within the scenes to stimulate the readers' focus causing them to analyze the important details.

The literary novel I chose to visualize is The Comet by William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. This short story not only tackles the unfairness towards people of color but puts emphasis on how humans are not so different and social constructs are real. By using sequential imaging the illustrator gains the reader's attention while engaging their focus on certain panels. By studying these panels they push their comprehension skills for clarity to figure out why the information is important.

Material Modeling Designer & Documenter

Wright Brother's VR

Aug 2018 – Dec 2018

Worked with a team to create a Virtual Reality game of the history and key achievements surrounding the Wright Brothers.

I used SketchUp to produce models/items to recreate the materials in an actual historical setting.

Trailer Producer Intern

Pulse LLC

Remote · June 2017 – July 2017

Researched/produced book trailers with Adobe Premiere Pro, for a local book publishing company, Pulse LLC.

Illustrator

Australian Safari

Raleigh, NC · April 2017 – May 2017

Worked in a team to produce an interactive learning application that teaches users about Australian animals. Illustrated the African and Australian Lungfish.

Co-Director & Video Editor

100 Miles Music Video

Raleigh, NC · March 2017 – May 2017

Illustrated and video produced the music video “100 Miles” for the band Exploding Math Lab. Film was featured in NCSU film and animation festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Iq0TmP6Io

Illustrator & Craft Assistant

Paper Town VR

Raleigh, NC · February 2017 – April 2017

Worked in a team to create a visual handcrafted town immersing the user in the space with a 360 degree moving camera and VR headset. Designed buildings and background assets.

https://www.polyzaar.com/papertownvr

Project was submitted to various contests/showcases

(April 2017) Code + Art Student Visualization Contest:
Contestants were invited to create visual and interactive ways to give information. Won 3rd place prize and showcased in North Carolina State University s James B. Hunt Library Student 2017 Showcase.

https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/2017-code%2Bart-student-contest-winners-announced

(March 2017) ACM SIGGRAPH: Immersive Expressions:
Contestants had to create a web based VR project that 'immerses' users with a virtual reality experience. Paper Town VR was accepted to be showcased in the SIGGRAPH virtual exhibition.

https://immersive-expressions.siggraph.org/works/Paper_Town_VR.html

Unity Applicator & UI Design Assistant

Pillbox

Raleigh, NC · November 2016 – December 2016

Developed the beta visual application that reminds users to take their pills and rewards them with coupons. Assembled the assets provided by my team members to create a visual interactive application.

Production Assistant & Video Documenter

Critter Crossings

Raleigh, NC · August 2016 – September 2016

Developed collaborative team board game for 6 – 9 year olds that teaches the concept of sustainability. Documented process work and assembled a video documentary about how to play the game and the importance of balancing resources.

Nail Technician /Receptionist

Unique Nail Salon

Raleigh-Durham, NC · May 2015 – Present

Execute clientele requests regarding specific services and inform them of policies relating to manicures and pedicures. Complete and enter transactions through the computer system to keep track of ticket orders. Count the register and input receipts within the credit card machine to batch and complete settlement. Prep and maintain clean work stations, assist other technicians when needed, and update records to restock supplies. Properly test, label, sort, organize, shelve, and confirm names of materials. Take phone calls and book appointments.

Education

Masters of Art and Design: Experimental Media

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC · August 2018 – May 2020

Bachelors of Art and Design: Sequential Imaging

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC · August 2014 – December 2017

Nail Technician License

Raleigh Nail Academy

Raleigh, NC · May 2014 – August 2014

Associate in Art

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC · August 2012 – May 2014

Arts Instruction Schools

Minneapolis, MN · 2011 – 2013

Skills

Traditional Media, Autodesk: Sketchbook Pro, Paint Tool Sai, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Xd, SketchUp, Procreate, Maya

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