Born in Grand Rapids, 1984, I attended Kendall College of Art and Design 2003-2007 where I studied traditional illustration techniques. I started freelancing just before graduating and have worked for a small number of clients since then. The real-world experiences have made me realize how much I still have to learn. Making pictures is what I love to do, and I’m trying every day to become better at it. The Visual Literacy Program of the Illustration Academy will be my next source of education and hopefully a long-term connection to the business of illustration and illustrators alike.

Clients
On-The-Town (Grand Rapids magazine, circ. 30,000), Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Peabrain.biz, Advance Packaging Co., Confetti-Group LLC, Sunset Lawn Care, author Henry Granger, numerous private commissions and collectors.

Showings
-The DAAC (Division Avenue Arts Cooperative, thedaac.org): April 2006 “Celebrities” group show.
Oct 19-31 2006 “Classic Horror and Halloween” group show. 2009 “Trimmings” group show.
-Grandville Christian Elementary - Alumni show 2007
-Kendall College of Art and Design - Student Gallery - Spring 2007 “Bound-Unbound” group show.
-UICA Artworks, Artist Mentor Program - Eastern Floral G.R. - May 2009, displayed work as an artist mentor alongside student intern’s work.
-September 2009 “GIANTS” A group poster show, displaying limited edition prints and posters.
-Aug-Sept 2011: Solo show at Wealthy Street Bakery, Grand Rapids, MI.
-Artprize 2011, world's largest art contest within a city's boundaries, exhibited at The Pyramid Scheme.

Awards, etc.
- Calvin Christian High School juried art competition, Best of Show, 2003.
- Portfolios.com (now creativeshake.com) 3rd and 4th annual competition, 2006 / 2007. Both years won first place “gold award” in the “illustration student” category for an editorial piece, and a 3-piece series.
- Kendall College of Art and Design,“Bound-Unbound” student exhibition contest,1st place “Gold Award.”
- Society of Illustrators 2006 Educators Symposium Sketchbook Anthology, small reproductions of a few sketches.

AaronRossell@yahoo.com
616-481-4380