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Bill Nelson Resume (Art Related)

Education | Teaching and presentations | Staff or contributing Illustrator/cartoonist | Public Recognition and Publications | Shows and Exhibitions (and displayed work) | Commercial Experience | Performance and Non-commercial Experience | Unposed Portraits of Public Figures and Artists | [top]


BA in Art, San Jose State University, Studio Practice, Concentration in Painting (Studio Practice), Minor in Humanities, 1997.

MA, Multimedia, California State University at Hayward. June 2000. 3.705 GPA.


Teaching and presentations:

Hayward Area Arts Council, Children's Art Festival, presenting artist, 1990.

McKinley Elementary School, San Leandro Unified School District. Volunteer Artist-in-residence, presentations in all classes in the school. 1990-1991.

Hayward Area Recreation District, Cartooning classes for children and adults, five week sessions. 1991-1996.

Walnut Creek Recreation District, Cartooning classes for children, 1991-1992.

Stanton Hill Middle School, Castro Valley USD. Volunteer Artist-in-residence, presented in all classes in the school. 1991-1992.

San Leandro Public Library, Performers Showcase, Presenting artist. February, 1993.

Half Moon Bay Library, presentation, Cartooning for Kids. 1993.

American Pen Women (Alameda CA), presentation on my work as a syndicated cartoonist, art instructor, musician. 1993.

Castro Valley Lions Club, presentation on my work as a syndicated cartoonist and art instructor. 1995.

Castro Valley Art Club, presentation on my work as a syndicated cartoonist and art instructor. 1995.

Diablo/Alameda National League of American Pen Women, presentation of artwork, poetry and music, 1996

Calistoga Elementary School. Book Day presenting illustrator, grades 1 through 6. May 20, 1997.

Bernard-White Middle School, New Haven Unified School District. Speaker/presenter for Career Day. Six presentations, grades 5 through 8. Drawing, cartooning, animation. Partially computer based presentation (computer animation techniques) 1998-1999.

Teaching new computer users and more advanced users various graphic and authoring programs (particularly animation techniques), San Jose State Multimedia lab (teachers and fellow students), Cal State Hayward multimedia labs (fellow students), 1996 - 2000

SSU (Sonoma State University) Rohnert Park CA - Lecturer, Computer Science Department. 2002-2003

CS175 Introduction to Computer Graphics
CS185 Introduction to Internet Programming
CS285 Multimedia Technology

City University, Bellevue Washington, Faculty, Online Instruction (via Blackboard). 2006-2007
CS340 Introduction to Web Publishing

Staff or contributing Illustrator/cartoonist to:

"The Alta Sierran", (2010-2012).

"The Star", Sonoma State University SSU, student daily newspaper (2002-03).

"The Sherpa" ("The Himalaya"), Internal newsletter for Compaq Corp. (2001-2002).

"The New Breed", Contributing artist. A syndicated single panel cartoon feature distributed by King Features Syndicate, 1989-2002

"La Voz", DeAnza College, student daily newspaper (1997).

"The Spartan Daily", San Jose State University, student daily newspaper (1996-97).

"The Pioneer", California State University at Hayward, student daily newspaper (1996-97).

"American Brewer" magazine (1992-98).

"San Francisco Trial Lawyers Magazine" (1994-95).

"The Verdict", Alameda/Contra Costa Co. Trial lawyers magazine (1995).

"Beer: the Magazine" (Premier Collector's Edition) (1993-95).

"Fishnet" magazine (1993), fan-zine for the band "Fish".

"Master Gardener Newsletter", University of California Cooperative Extension, (1993-96).

"The Celebrator" magazine (1993), publication for beer aficionados.

"Infinity Limited Magazine" (1994-95), award-winning literary magazine. (was also editor).

"Processed World" magazine (1986-94), award-winning "workplace-anarchist" magazine.

"San Francisco Comical" (1991-93), Humor magazine.

"Five Fingers Review" (1989), poetry and literature magazine.

"Black Tape Press" (1989), poetry and literature magazine.

"Valley Journal" (1989), Sunnyvale weekly newspaper.

"San Francisco Bay Guardian" (1989).

"San Jose Metro" (1989).

"Santa Cruz Sun" (1988).

"Santa Cruz Good Times", (1986).

"Castro Valley Courier" (1984-86).

"The Trading Post" (1984-86), East Bay weekly newspaper.

"Growing Points", University of California Cooperative Extension newsletter, (1984-85).

"Bar Harbor Times" (1985), Bar Harbor Maine.

"Palo Alto Weekly" (1985).

"San Jose Mercury News", (1982-83), Garden Section illustrator, "What's Bugging You" column, Joan Jackson, editor.

"Berkeley Express" (1983).

"The Los Gatos Weekly" (1982).

"Santa Cruz Express" (1982-86).

and others...

Public Recognition and Publications

The Alta Sierran, article, "Alta Sierran Resident Cartoonist Busy Creating New Characters". January 2012 Issue. Page 3. Covers art and animation for two iPhone/iPad childrens story apps, "The Adventures of Little Munch" (series), on App Store.

[In 'Reno Talent Magazine' PDF pg 40] August 2010
[I.B. In 'Sacramento Talent Magazine' PDF pg 112] August 2010

The Alta Sierran, article, "Professional Cartoonist Joins the Alta Sierran". June 2010 Issue. Page 1, Lifestyle section.

Daily Review newspaper, Hayward California, full page feature article, I.B. Nelson, "One of twelve artists who are the New Breed". November 16th, 1989. Page 3.

Profiled in "Arts", The quarterly newsletter of the Hayward Area Arts Council, Article entitled, "Expressions: I. B. Nelson", Winter Issue, 1990, pg. 3.

Local Cable Channel 3, Hayward Area Arts Council interview, aired February and March 1990. 30 minutes.

Cable Channel 3, Mckinley Elementary School grade 6 session as artist-in-classroom, taped, aired July/August 1990. 30 mins.

Profiled in "Castro Valley Forum", Article entitled, "I.B. Nelson: Committed to Humor", 1991.

Adobe Magazine, four page feature article with color photos and illustrations, "I.B. Nelson and the Tiny Champions", July/August issue, 1995 (available from Adobe Magazine on-line archive as a PDF file download). Volume 6, Number 6.

Profiled in "Castro Valley Forum", Article entitled, "Fueled by Coffee, Artist Bill Nelson Sketches in Local Coffee Houses", August 21, 1995, pg. 22.

East Bay Books, San Leandro, CA. Book signing for "Committed to Excellence", (along with Trina Robbins signing "100 Years of Women in Cartooning").


Shows and Exhibitions (and displayed work)

San Jose State University Art Department, San Jose CA, 1978, Large drawings on cloth 14' x 4'.

San Lorenzo Library, San Lorenzo CA, 1979, Drawings.

Chabot College Art Gallery, Hayward CA, 1979, Drawings. October 22 through November 16th. Group show.

India Joze Restaurant, Santa Cruz CA, 1982, Drawings. August 10th through September 5th.

Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz CA, 1982, Drawings.

Fremont Main Library, Fremont, CA. 1983, Children's book illustrations. May 6th through May 28th.

The Courtyard Restaurant, Soquel CA, 1983, Drawings, paintings, cartoons.

Stevenson College, University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA, 1983, Drawings.

The Barlett Gallery, Livermore, CA, Drawings. March 28 through May 5th, 1984. Group Show.

Hayward Area Forum for the Arts Membership Show, 1985, Cartoons. November 9th through December 21st. Group Show.

Lillian Paley Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland CA, Neo-Geo Show 1986, Drawings. Curated by Squeak Carnwaith.

Benicia Artists Open Studios, Invitational Group Show, Benicia CA, 1989, Paintings, drawings.

Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, Mill Valley CA, Levity Allowed, Art and Humor Show, 1989, Cartoons.

Ohlone College, Mission San Jose CA, Nuclear Trash Show, 1989, Cartoons, Drawings.

San Leandro Library, San Leandro CA, 1991, Cartoons and Drawings.

1st Annual Open Studios, Hayward/Castro Valley CA, 1993, June 5th and 6th, Paintings, drawings, prints, and greeting cards.

SF Bay Guardian, Cartoon Art Museum CA, exhibition for 1993 Cartoon Contest. "The Darkside", winner; ongoing strip.

Max's Restaurant, Cupertino CA, Cartoon drawing on display. 2001-2002.

Awful Annies Restaurant, Lincoln CA, Cartoon drawing on display 2007-08


Commercial Experience

I.B. Nelson Illustrator page at Talespring.com
Illustrator/animator for "The Adventures of Little Munch - First Day" and "The Adventures of Little Munch - Meeting the Farm Animals", iPhone/iPad children's story Apps released on the Apple App Store Dec 2011 and January 2012

Writing and illustrating edible wild plant book. 2001 - 2010.

Web graphics, design and/or code for; Hewlett-Packard, Zoho Corporation, Workexchange.com, Harding Marketing, Clickaction.com, Credit Suisse First Boston, Developerminds, Beyond Access, Suzman Design Associates. Others. 1998-2010

University of California Cooperative Extension, Co-designer, 1997 Master Gardener International Conference logo, 1996.

Buffalo Bill's Brewery, Logo design, beer label design, construction presentation drawings, signs, Websites etc. 1984-2003.

Sega of America, Art director, Layout designer, animator for the Pocket Arcade LCD game series. Titles; Eternal Champions, Ecco the Dolphin, Baseball. 1994.

University of California Cooperative Extension, Designer, Master Gardener State-wide Conference logo, 1994.

Author, Publisher of: "Committed to Excellence", collection of single panel cartoons drawn by I.B. Nelson, 1994.

Author, Publisher of: "The Dark Side", a collection of the multi-panel cartoon, "the Dark Side", Created and drawn by I.B. Nelson, 1994. Winner in San Francisco Bay Guardian Annual Cartoon Contest in 1993.

Family portrait collage in watercolor. Commissioned by the Dorothy Barlett Gallery, Pleasanton CA 1993.

Illustrator, "How to Build a Small Brewery" , by Bill Owens, Pub., "American Brewer" magazine, "Beer: the Magazine" 1993.

Illustrator, American Brewer Catalog, by Bill Owens, 1993.

Create "Faux" set of "original" New Yorker cartoons from black & white New Yorker Magazine clippings for client. 1992

Illustrator, "The Surfin'ary, A Dictionary of Surfing Terms & Phrases", by Trevor Cralle, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, Ca., 1991 Reprinted 2nd Ed., 2001

Contributing artist to "The New Breed", a collection of "New Breed" comic panels published in paperback. Avon Books, 1990.

Advertising design, Octopus Bicycles, Walnut Creek, California. Appearing monthly in California Bicyclist magazine, 1989-92.

T-shirt designs for Dancing Frog Graphics, Oakland, California. Clients: Society Expeditions and others, 1989-91.

Michael Hirsch Associates, Roofing consultants, Richmond, California. Illustrations for slide presentations, 1990.

Author, illustrator, 3 unpublished childrens storybooks, 1981 - 1986.


Performance, Volunteer, and Non-commercial Experience

Large wall mural, San Lorenzo High School Music Building, San Lorenzo CA, 1978. Destroyed apx. 1983.

Assistant to conceptual artist/friend Will Ashford, creating conceptual "biological paintings" (grass and fertilizer), "Mona Lisa" (680 at Stone Valley Road in Alamo), "Marilyn Monroe" (at same location), "Green", "Landscape". Work profiled in Life magazine, Diablo magazine, Contra Costa Times, SF Bay Area TV evening news and others. During the 1980šs.

University of Calif. Coop. Extension Master Gardeners, Santa Clara Co., CA. Graphic design, graduation certificates and newsletters. Artwork used additionally by California Assoc. of Nurserymen and a Sacramento Area Youth Rehab group 1982-2007

Certificate art for San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, San Jose CA. Late 1980's. Exact date not known.

Graphic Design for the play "Night Watch", Chanticleers Theater Group, Castro Valley, CA, January 8th - February 6th. 1993.

Volume of poetry, written and illustrated by I.B. Nelson. Published by Infinity Limited Magazine, 1993.

Actor/musician in the play "Foxfire", Chanticleers Theater Group, Castro Valley, CA, January 8th through February 6th. 1993.

Friends of the Castro Valley Library, Book sale flyer graphics and book marker illustration, 1994.

Set Design/painting for the play "Working", Chanticleers Theater Group, Castro Valley, CA, 1995.

Creator of the comic features; "The Nutt House" 1992 (strip)., "Abnormal Psychology" 1996 apx. (1-panel), "The Darkside" 1992-2008 (6-panel strip), "Th' Tradin Post" 1987 (strip), "The Jungle" 1987-1989 (strip), "Headlines" (1-panel), "Trev and Trav" 2005 (strip), "Loganberry High" 2007-09 (strip)

Illustrator only for "Fido and the Fleas" 2002 (strip).

Nevada County Library Walk for Literacy, Logo Design 2007

Nevada County Library Literacy Program, "Read Up", Logo Design 2008-2009


Unposed Portraits of Public Figures and Artists

My hobby has been to draw unposed portraits of various public figures, primarily artists but also sports figures and scientists. It is important to me that the subject not know they are being drawn. Each subject is asked to sign the finished portrait. Some of the subjects have been:

Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are"),

Eldin Dedini (cartoonist for Playboy, New Yorker),

Bill Bates (cartoonist and illustrator),

Dr. Louis B. Leakey (Anthropologist/Paleontologist),

Gahan Wilson(cartoonist for Playboy, New Yorker),

Lacey J. Dalton (country recording artist) and her band,

Gladys Horton and the Marvelettes ("Mr. Postman"),

Dale Messick (creator of "Brenda Starr, Cub Reporter"),

Phil Frank (creator of "Farley"),

Charles Schultz,

Elisa Klevins (childrens story writer/artist),

Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine),

Thatcher Hurd (Childrens book author/illustrator/publisher),

Scott Willis (editorial cartoonist, San Jose Mercury News),

David Wiley Miller ("Non Sequiter", editorial cartoonist SF Chronicle),

Mel Lazarus (creator of "Miss Peach", "Momma", President of the National Cartoonist Society),

Morrie Turner (creator of "Wee Pals" comic strip),

Alan Say (childrens story writer/artist),

Terry Small (childrens story writer/artist),

Robert and Daniel San Souci (children's story writer/artist team),

Various past members of the 49ers Football team (Leo Nomellini, Brent Jones etc.).

Rigoberta Menchu (Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

Lucius Cabins (editor, collaborator, founder of Processed World Magazine SF)

Actors on stage (Working, The Crucible, Foxfire, others).