david@pencildrifter.com | (914) 400-5260




David Gonzalez


Creative, energetic professional with 6+ years experience in all aspects of brand and product design, and the overall creative process. Excellent attention to detail skills combined with a proven ability to direct complex design projects from conceptualization to completion. Outstanding strategist distinguished for proven leadership and team-building skills and excellent conflict resolution abilities. 


Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration, Maga Cum Laude, 2010
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY


American Illustration  / The Society of Illustrators / Communication Arts / Creative Quarterly 


Technical Skills:
Graphic Design, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office Suite, Photography, Social Media, Marketing Strategy, Hand-Lettering, Digital Illustration, Illustration

Core Competencies:
Project Management, Product Strategy, Industry Trends, Business Development, Communication Skills, Quality Assurance, Motivational Leadership, Relationship Management, Problem Resolution, Teamwork, Training & Development


The New York Times / GQ / The Village Voice / Nylon Guys / PlanAdvisor / The Fiscal Times / Catholic Relief Services


Graphic Designer / Illustrator - Paperless Post
Feb 2016 – Oct 2017  New York, NY

Drive organizational excellence to design, create, and produce original artwork that have a high visual impact and drive growth of the product portfolio. Demonstrated communication skills, as well as ability to think clearly, analyze quantitatively, solve problems, scope business, technical requirements, and prioritize project work.

Selected projects include…

• Created over 250+ original illustrations for invitations and greetings cards for Paperless Post’s in-house collection, redefining the company’s visual language across multiple themes and holidays.

• Positively influenced social media strategy, driving followers' engagement and growth from 50K to 75K+ followers on Instagram.

• Continually enhance job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.

Freelance Illustrator - Pencildrifter
Jan 2014 – Ongoing New Rochelle, NY

Commissioned to create original illustrations for use in advertisements, books, magazines, packaging, greetings cards and newspapers. Inspired creativity throughout all design work, ensuring that all design work was completed to the highest standard.

Selected projects include…

• Delivered superior customer care, analyzed processes, developed plans and controlled budgets to safeguard project timelines and completion dates

• Cultivated lasting relationships, both internally and externally through quality, consistency, and reliability.

• Recognized for illustration work in annual design competitions including Print Magazine, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators of New York.

Education Volunteer - United States Peace Corps
Oct 2011 – Dec 2013 Burkina Faso, West Africa

Coordinated community groups to present ideas and information covering a variety of health and wellness topics. Employed a variety of presentation and teaching strategies to motivate, inspire, and encourage student-centered learning.

Selected projects include…

• Chaired the Technology and Media Committee to create original multimedia resources for Peace Corps Volunteers.

• Conceptualized, wrote, and illustrated a children’s book distributed to over 152K students in 698 schools in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services with funding provided by the USDA, under their Global Foods for Education initiative.

Additional experience includes Marketing Designer (2010 to 2010) for Nylon Magazine, New York, NY.