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Graphic Designer • Illustrator

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Design is my chosen profession and I really enjoy it. I’ve been involved in the Graphic Design and the Marketing field for over 15 years. Having worked with individuals, small businesses and corporations I’ve gained the experience to work on any size project. As a Designer I strive to meet every new challenge with a smile and a positive attitude. Client satisfaction in the work I provide is a top priority for me.

My joy for comics prompted me to open and run a successful comic book store in the early 2000’s. In recent years I’ve been working on small comic book projects. Helping in the development of character designs, flatting, inking and pre-production work. I also run a popular blog which showcases my love for comic art and graphic design.


Adobe Indesign

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Acrobat

Logo Design / Branding




Constant Contact



Direct mail




SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Social Media

Adobe Dreamweaver




MySQL Database



Concept Design

Character Design

Sequential Art

Digital Illustration

Graphic Designer Freelance
Contreras Designs
Graphic design, marketing and illustration services. Creating custom branding, brochures, postcards and business cards. Creation of WordPress websites, social media services and character design development.

Marketing Manager Graphic Designer, MC Tech Coordinator
Keller Williams Realty Santa Fe
Responsible for the print, web and email marketing, setup and maintained of office website, blog and social media. Assisted 125+ Real Estate Agents with their marketing needs.

Marketing Director Graphic Designer, Production Artist
Prudential Santa Fe, Sandia, and North Valley Real Estate
Multi-Office marketing services, worked with over 150 Real Estate Brokers across 3 cities with their marketing and branding. Responsible for the offices in-house marketing, web presence and social media.

Production Artist
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Designed ads for special sections, publications, car dealerships, obituaries & real estate using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Supervised production side of Autos Illustrated weekly publication.

Graphic Designer
Las Cruces Sun-News
Designed, maintained and paginated Cars & Trucks weekly publication. Worked with sales reps to create approximately 35 ads daily. Used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design ads.

Owner, Supervising Manager
Modern Age Comics
Created all store marketing and branding. Designed and maintained all store displays, fixtures, advertisements and flyers. Performed market research and ran the daily operation of the business.

New Mexico State University
Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, Emphasis: Graphic Design

WordCamp, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conferences covering everything related to WordPress

qoute-blackRafael is an excellent worker, that manages his time while keeping a high quality of work. He was always on time with a smile on his face and worked well within the teams we were in.
– Recommendation by Shawn Luscombe, Graphic Artist    Clovis News Journal

qoute-blackWithin my first few days at the Review-Journal, it was very apparent that Rafael was a hardworking, well-respected graphic artist. Productive, reliable, helpful and extremely friendly to those around him. And, talk about a guy who ALWAYS has a smile on his face (no matter how much work he has to do). Highly recommended.
    – Recommendation by Jeff Bona, Graphic Designer    Las Vegas Review-Journal

qoute-blackFrom the minute Rafael started working with us, he brought in a positive attitude, and a superior work ethic. This guy just gets the job done, no matter how much of it is piled on his desk. Always smiling? Yeah, I have to agree with the other recommendations, Rafael has a smile on his face no matter the odds.
    – Recommendation by Brian Tercero, Realtor    The Very Best of Santa Fe

Looking for a Graphic Designer or an Illustrator to work with on your next project? Feel free to fill out the contact form below or email me your questions and requests.

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