Friday, December 14, 2012

kevinzico portfolio

I have a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree from BYU and have worked on 4 Student Emmy Award winning animated shorts, a Sundance premiering FX short, and an award winning commercial (at least it was a few months ago).

Here's my Demo Reel:

Here's the award winning commercial:

Here's one of the things I did for the LDSBC:

Here's what I've spent a few years of my life working on in Maya, during free time:

Here's a Batman drawing that almost got me a cool gig:

Here's a commissioned portrait:

And here is what is going to come after you on December 20:

If you wanna see drawings go to:

During this Christmas season, I recommend watching: The Miracle Maker, and The Nativity Story
I like cantaloupe and spinach!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Portfolio Manifesto


My first assignment when I started working for the church was working on the design and layout of a book chronicling the achievements of the presiding bishopric as they were preparing to be released.

It was a really fun project because my team and I started from scratch to come up with a design direction. We brainstormed ideas for the look and feel of the book, made sketches and came up with a style and design grid that was both elegant and a little grungy. The outgoing presiding bishopric were all ranchers, so we were able to incorporate the church's cattle brand into the design.

Bird's of the Aviary was a coloring book I created with the Tracy Aviary at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. All of the birds from A-Z are residents of the aviary and I worked with their education specialists to make sure all bird drawings were represented accurately. The book is available in the gift shop or pages can be downloaded from their website.

What Shape am I was a children's book to help teach young children about shapes.


Each bird illustrated in the book is a different shape.

Kelly Packer is a folk/pop singer from Idaho. I designed this CD booklet for her album "breathe/easy".


For this project created for the Regional Theater of the Palouse in Pullman Washington, I created cartoony representations of some of the fairy tale characters featured in the production.

Book of Mormon Challenge was a remade version of an existing board game. I created the board, quiz challenge cards, and character game pieces based on prophets in the Book of Mormon.

This was a letter-pressed poster created to advertise a Critique and Feast for the Senior graduating class at the Art Institute and members of the design community.


I earned my associate of Fine Arts Degree from Dixie State college studying under Del Parson, Anton Gerring, and Glen Blakley. I later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Art Institute with a  Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design.

In the past I have designed Logos, brochures, advertisements, posters, banners, interpretive panels, business cards and signs. 

I have designed and laid out several books, many over 100 pages long. I have illustrated 3 children's books and a coloring book. 

I was awarded the mark of excellence award from the society of professional journalism for a series of political cartoons published in the Dixie Sun. My artwork and photography have appeared in magazines including St. George Magazine and Salt Lake City Magazine. 

I live in West Valley. When not designing, I enjoy making paper cranes, going to rock concerts, playing guitar and punching people in the throat.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Vegan Zombies

*Travis-zombie drawing blatantly stolen from Aaron Ludwig

Saturday, November 3, 2012

First shot by a man without a gun!!

Okay!  Had a bunch of fun with this guy.  Not happy with his legs (and his boots in particular), but they were essentially a "throw-on."  I'll probably go in and try to beef this guy up some before I try to put him into a portfolio.  based on a shape from the Cup-O-Doodle blog.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Here is my Zombie themed art. 

the iZombie

And what if Rob Zombie was a Zombie

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My first post from the grave . . .

In case you couldn't tell, the Zombie's on the right.  ;-)  This is an old sketch and was done as a challenge from Ryan Woodward who thought that I didn't know how to do something morbid or scary.  I whipped this out for him during that same class period and he liked it.

This one was just for fun.  Sam Nielson said that a cool theme to experiment with was open v. closed, and this undead was what came into my head and out my pencil.  Fun stuff.

A little Creative Halloween Fun!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here's some photos I took that were cool for folks like me who aren't master photographers, at least as reference.

Monday, May 7, 2012

This was from a photo venture a few months ago.  About time I processed the pic.  Had some fun with the colors / color mixing.

This was an experiment with understanding language through audio context.  The idea was to use real words that sounded like the words I wanted to use.  So if you look at the meaning of each word, the poem makes no sense.  But if you listen to how things sound in context to the sounds around it, it would make sense.
Hard to tell if it actually worked since I know what I was trying to say, so leave feedback if it makes sense, or if it comes across a gibberish.  No matter what, it was fun to write.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Here's a second attempt.  Still not completely happy but I think it's closer to what I'm going for.



Friday, March 2, 2012

Tried some photo processing.  This effect is often called "The Dragon Effect" or "The 300 Effect".

First attempt.


And After:

Monday, January 30, 2012

logo creativity

Had a little side job doing some graphics work.  Nothing big, or too exciting, but it was still fun flexing the ol' logo skills.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Infusing creativity to daily life!

Sort of a long post, but in my attempt to infuse creativity into daily life, I realized how boring I was being with my own families blog.  So I took a few photos, and wrote a fun poem to tell the story.  It was challenging, because I have very specific photos that I had to talk about, and find a genius way to create the rhymes.  Had a lot of fun with it.  Sort of inspires me to be more creative with the family blog.

I posted a smaller version here, but you can see the bigger images at my family blog.


Two Little Trolls

Two little trolls named Allie and Sloane
Two little trolls who will not let alone.

Two little trolls, devious and mischievous
Breaking and dumping, and completely oblivious
Causing stress and messing messes quite grievous.

Two little trolls reeking havoc in halls, in kitchens, on rugs, on couches and chairs.
We clean up each mess as we pull out our hair.

So pray for us, we’re slow, we’re tired and our heads are a spinning
And lets hope it’s a phase end, and not a phase beginning.

Two little trolls, grab a quick bite to eat.
I am sure the huge mess, was never their intent,
We’re just glad they didn’t add a bit of two percent.

 Two little trolls playing with knives
Sharpened edges, risking their lives,
But the mischief survives
And the mischief still thrives
But these sorts of things usually happen in fives.

 Two little trolls, now onto the pasta
Oodles of noodles from egg to spaghetti, rigatoni, fettuccini and even macaroni
What ever should we do with troll Alley and troll Sloaney!
And lets not forget, the onions the garlic and popcorn,
Scattered with bites and peels all forlorn. 
Can’t a mom, just get a small break,
and have two little trolls that aren’t such a headache?

 Two little trolls, with a craving for bread,
The loaf gave quite a fight, but ended up dead
Destroyed and demolished, what to do next?
why face painting Sloane’s face, with green, blue and red.

What is a day for a troll without a few good books,
But of course not for reading, nor looking nor chattering.
But for spreading, and shredding, and skittering and scattering.

 And go ahead, load up your truck with our chocolate chips,
I know your addicted trolls, but now we have zero!

Oh two little trolls, what did you do now?
This mess, well this mess is a real moon jumping cow.
Seriously!!  Cream of wheat all over the place!
We vaccum and vaccum, and dump case after case. 
We had to wash the entire couch and the chair.
Now don’t you give me that glare!

 And of course Christmas, it doesn’t come with its share
Of destruction and mayhem, we are quite aware,
But tipping over a tree was quite an assault,
But at this point baby, it’s your own darn fault.

Two little trolls, keeping are hands full to the brim
Sometimes you wonder, when will we ever win?
They are cute as a button, with personality that shines.
We guess we can take the mayhem, the messes and whines.
We will survive, we’ll move on, and we will make-do.
I just wonder
What comes next?
Ohhh, just a little baby doll voodoo.