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Full name

Nika Romanov

Title

Freelance Designer

Location

Vernon, CT

Blurb

Painter, storyteller, aspiring zoologist. Tea, nature, video games, and more.

Biography

In her childhood adventures within the forests of northern Connecticut, Nika Romanov discovered her insatiable desire to explore and chronicle nature. She found inspiration on hiking trips with her older sister, searching for animal tracks, and foraging for wild edible plants. Her time in nature fueled her creative pursuits, and Nika quickly discovered that journaling and painting were the ideal vehicles through which she could encapsulate her experiences and pass them on to others.

Nika’s passion for art and nature drew her to pursue those interests academically; in high school she attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and shortly after, she was admitted to Bard College at Simon’s Rock where the landscapes of the Berkshire Mountains served as her natural muse. Following her time at Simon’s Rock, Nika transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she majored in 3D Digital Design, specializing in concept art and illustration. Nika used her time at RIT to focus on illustrating creative fiction, and to further her artistic skill set in both digital and traditional mediums. She also collaborated with other students on New York State’s “Path Through History” app to fuel interest in local natural and historic attractions.

Nika devoted her summers to volunteering, interning, and then working for the Children of the Earth Foundation—a nature awareness and wilderness survival school for kids and teens. She designed the logo for the foundation and participated in its outreach programs for the Girl Scouts of New Jersey and the British School of Chicago’s summer camps. As a previous student of the foundation, she is honored to contribute in educating children and families about the wonders of the natural world.

Driven by her love for nature, she previously worked with animals as a volunteer wildlife educator for Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation in Ashford, CT. She has given several public presentations at her middle school about pursuing art as a career, as she finds great joy in encouraging children to cultivate their creativity. Grateful to have had these experiences, Nika continues to be deeply motivated to “pay it forward” by encouraging and nurturing the passion of aspiring naturalists and artists.

Nika currently lives in Columbus, OH, where she volunteers for the Ohio Wildlife Center’s hospital, pre-release facility, and infoline network. As a freelance illustrator and designer, she focuses on the natural world as her subject. You can often find Nika in the local metro parks where she hikes, paints from nature, or follows the tracks of local critters deep into the woods.

Experience

Freelance Artist

Self

•Worked with clients to create ideal logos and paintings, from sketch to finished product
•Delivered commissions and orders on time and to client’s exact specifications
•Designed multiple iterations of every order to explore all possible designs and ideas

Photography Model

Multiple Freelance Photographers

Feb 2011 – Present

•Worked with multiple photographers to achieve their artistic goals.

Instructor

Children of the Earth Foundation

Holmes, NY · June 2015 – August 2017

•Organized lessons and assisted Lead Instructors with implementation of teaching methods
•Prepared materials for group activities, supervised students, and provided instruction in wilderness survival skills and natural history to children and teens
•Adapted to unpredictable situations within the camp environment and restructured plans accordingly

Asset Designer

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY · January 2014 – May 2014

•Traveled to required locations to collect reference photos and information regarding the sites
•Worked within multiple programs to create the final desired app product
•Presented and advertised finished work on multiple smartphone platforms at ImagineRIT, a school-wide festival

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY · 2012 – 2015

Associate of Arts

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Great Barrington, MA · 2009 – 2011

Clients

Maine Young Birders Club One Shot Podcast Network Children of the Earth Foundation Rochester Institute of Technology

Specialties

Concept Art, Character Design, Environment Design, Digital Illustration, Watercolor, Oil

Skills

Photoshop, After Effects, Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, Nuke, Indesign, Premiere, Audacity

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