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About the Artist

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Being a member of the digital generation

I've grown and evolved as an artist right along with the software that has revolutionized the graphics industry.

At the same time my education and experience are firmly rooted in the classic printing traditions. It is a long way from the computer screen to the printing press, it's important to have a designer who understands the journey. I've spent the last fifteen years making digital graphics work in the real world for all manner of printing and decorating applications. I still do a lot of things the old fashioned way, but with

digital precision and color reproduction I use the computer as a powerful tool for strong visual communication and accurate prepress production

not an expensive crutch to prop up poor design.

Artist's Statement?

My style combines traditional + digital media and printing techniques, utilizing the best of the new and old to obtain amazing hybrid results.

While i work in a multitude of mixed media and utilize a wide variety of reproduction techniques all of my work is marked by a love of patterns + textures combined with rich color schemes and sound design principals. My subject matter ranges from the serious to the silly with stops everywhere in between.

skills | experience


desktop publishing • digital pre-press • color separations & film output • cut vinyl graphics • dry mounting, lamination & matting


solvent & aqueous large format printers • thermal printers • contour cut graphics • automated & manual silkscreen printing • pad printing • thermal transfer


Adobe CS4 - Ai, Ps, Id, Dw, Fw, Fl • Quark Xpress • Onyx RIPs/cutserver • Gerber & Flexi sign plotting software • Graphtec cutting plotters • Epson, HP & Mutoh large format inkjet printers • Gerber thermal printers/plotters • dry mount presses, hot and cold laminators, vacuum frames

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I use these tools in my studio
You can also find the [insanity shack] and see more of my graphic design and illustration work at these sites:

Freelancers Union | artist cullen balch on facebook | designer C Balch on deviant art | illustrator Cullen Balch on Biznik «profiles | portfolios» | graphic design portfolio C Balch
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