Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali
(Legal name: Akshaya Balaji)
2 Enterprise 9303, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
H: 1-408-718-4301
C: 1-408-718-4301

An illustrator/character design artist/concept artist seeking to transition from self-employment to studio work
Five years of experience with freelancing, able to work with digital mediums (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, Zbrush, Maya, Premiere, AfterEffects, Procreate)
Strong familiarity with Microsoft Office
Three years of experience illustrating for children’s books, graphic novels, as well as freelancing character art for studio.
Two years of maintaining/updating an original web comic
Proficient with ZBrush and Maya
Passion for character design, concept design, and color work
Highly organized, able to work with and meet deadlines set by clients
Knowledge of Z brush, Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Adobe programs
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Knowledge of Procreate
Strong team member, able to lead
Cooperative team skills
Excellent analytical eye
Strong sense of silhouette
Emphasis on detail
Able to research background necessary for character/environment/concept
Emphasis on expression, full-body and facial
Strong eye for color and tone

THE BRIGHT AGENCY (Freelance illustrator) (2018-Current) 
-Is responsible for creating sketches, drafts, and then completed spreads of illustrations for children’s books
-Incorporates feedback and checks in regularly with clients
-Maintains the artistic vision intended by the author 
-Researches historical and cultural background for the story’s look 
-Creates individual and unique character designs for the story characters that appeals to the sensibilities of young readers

WILD CANARY ANIMATION (Freelance) (2018-2018)

-Created character design sketches on Photoshop
-Incorporated cultural references necessary for the costume/styling of the character
-Exchanged ideas and checked in with boss for further direction/critique
-Polished concept character design sketches based on notes


-Illustrated eighteen full-color spreads for Counting Up the Olive Tree by Golbarg Bashi (2019)
-Collaborated with author on ideas and ways we could improve the appeal of the book with the set up of the spreads
-Negotiated edits and solidified a vision for the book and its publication
-Created unique character designs for the characters
-Thoroughly researched Palestinian cultural background of the book to incorporate in the character designs and background setup


-Negotiates with various clients on a diverse array of expectations for the work they were commissioning
-Collaborates with comic authors and learned to capture their vision for cover art
-Learned character design skills with a challenging set of original character ideas from client
-Gained deep familiarity with Photoshop, Procreate, Microsoft Office apps, and other digital programs.


2015 Piedmont Hills High

2016-2018 Laguna College of Art + Design


Caleb Cleveland
Professor of Illustration, Character Design, and Story 
Laguna College of Art + Design
Laguna Beach, CA

Glen David Miller (recognizes me by legal name) 
Professor of CG Animation and Modeling 
Laguna College of Art + Design
Laguna Beach, CA

Golbarg Bashi
Children’s Toys + Books Creator 
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

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