About

I am an illustrator, cartoonist, animator and musician always looking for new and exciting projects to be apart of.  Most of my work revolves around narratives and is story/ character driven but I also enjoy background art and other story elements. I am also the creator of the comic Devil's Henchmen which can be found at www.devilshenchmen.com.  Thank you!

Resume

John Will Balsley

jwbalsley.com

devilshenchmen.com

1-(414)-975-6972

taboosebalsley@gmail.com

Special Skills

Self Publishing, Character Layout, Background Design, Music/ sound recording, Character Design, Character Layout, Character Animation, Experience with programs:Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Toon Boom Harmony

EXPERIENCE

Devils Henchmen -Creator of online comic (2010-present)

Dumm Comics - Saturday Cartoonist

Freelance Illustrator

2010-Present

Neil Hamburger tour Poster-  2016 Australian Tour

(List of children books illustrated)

Cozy Fan Tootie” Authored by Brad Blankenship

(Currently a work in progress) - Illustrator

Baseball and Aliens” Authored by Martin Tiller

Seven Lions; 2 edition (September 16, 2014)

Illustrator

Sir Nibbles“ Authored by Lorna Riley

Riley Media; 1 edition (August 12, 2014)

Illustrator

Chloes Enchanted Attic“ Authored by Jerry Yeamen

Jerry Yeaman; 1 edition (December 20, 2013)

Illustrator

Brass Bell Music

Milwaukee, WI 2013-14

Music Instructor 

Continental Art Supplies

Reseda, CA 2012-2013

Sales Associate

Cosmic Toast Studios

Burbank, CA 2012

Internship: Storyboarding, Character Design,

Script Writing, Comic Books, Flash Animation 

and Story Pitches 

Avalon English Academy

Busan, South Korea 2010-2011

Instructor: English as a Second Language

Highland Community School

Milwaukee, WI 2010

Instructor: Fine Arts and Illustration

The Brown Elephant (Howard Brown Health Center)

Chicago, IL 2008-2010

Sales Associate             

Ideal Design

Chicago, IL 2007-2008

Graphic Designer: Corporate and Product Logo Design, Layouts, Advertisements

Utrecht Art Supplies

Milwaukee, WI, 2006-2007

Sales Associate

Sax Arts and Crafts

Milwaukee, WI, 2005-2006

Sales Associate 

EDUCATION

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Milwaukee, WI 2005

BFA: Illustration                                

Creative Excellence Scholarship

Senior Thesis Honors; Best in Show Award

OTHER EDUCATION

Chicago TEFL Institute

Chicago, IL 2010

Certificate: Teaching English as a Second Language  

               

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

Milwaukee, WI 2007

Music Performance and Audio Engineering                     

Audio Engineering Scholarship

INSTRUMENTS

Banjo

Accordion

Dobro/ lap guitar

Guitar/ bottleneck slide guitar acoustic and electric

Mandolin

Harmonica

Keyboard

ART MEDIA

Ink

Watercolor

Digital

Oil and Acrylic

Clay

ART EXHIBITIONS

Wonder Con, California, 2015- Artist’s Alley 

Los Angeles, CA

Watercolor Wisconsin, November, 2010-April, 2011 (Juried Show) 

Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

Andersonville Arts Weekend,October 2009

The Brown Elephant, Chicago, IL

SPX Small Press Exposition 2008, October, 2008

North Mariott Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

Gallery Night 2007 , February, 2007

M-80 Gallery: The Warehouse, Milwaukee, WI

AquaArt ’07 Exposition, June, 2007

Aqua Conference Center, Miami, FL

Graphic Novels, Zines and Comix:, June, 2007

From Hogarth to Robert Crumb, Whitewater, WI

UW Whitewater Crossman Gallery

Comics! Graphic Artist Exposition, March, 2006

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Warning: Contains Graphic Images, April, 2005

UW-Milwaukee, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

The New Recruit, December, 2005

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Best in Show Award for Illustration

Eight Counties, September, 2005

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Rock Solid,July, 2004-2005

The Red Car Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

“Sketchbooks”, December 2004-February 2005

Hot Cakes Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

NOTABLE RECOGNITION

Mary Nohl Emerging Artist Fellowship Finalist-October, 2006

Bradley Family Foundation, Milwaukee, WI