Aaron D. Baldón

Art Direction, Illustration, Design, Project Management

Skills and Expertise

Art Direction
Key Frame Art
Conceptual Art
Trade Show Concept  and Design
Indesign Data Merge
Ad Campaigns
Product Design
White Box Design and Engineering
Package Design
Web Design
Print Media
Multimedia Animation
Studio Art
Logo & Brand Development
Project Development
Project Management    
Mission planning
Inter-agency Liaison
Mission Lead


Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Premiere Pro
Microsoft Suite
Google Suite

Career and Clients

Career and Clients
Jim Henson Co.
Saban Ltd.
Arenas Entertainment
Gel Communications
Miller Brewing
Equity Marketing
Alcone Marketing
US Army

Training & Qualifications

University of La Verne - Bachelor in Fine Arts
Citrus College - Associate in Arts
Secret Clearance 2010-2020 - U.S. Army
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (JFKSWCS(A))
Warrior Leadership Course, “Excellent” Rating in Documentation and Writing
Pepperdine University, Graziado School of Business Management - Certificate

Work History and Experience

2021-2022        Master of Fine Arts Candidate, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont California, 3.8 GPA

2019-2020    Teaching Abroad Experience - International House Kyiv 

2017-2018    Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of La Verne 2018, La Verne California, 3.7 GPA


2013-2017     Director of Operations - ICI, Hollywood California
Production Manager - Commercials, music videos, and film shoots.
SOW (Statements of Work) development, contract negotiation, development, and writing.


2010-2016     U.S. Army Civil Affairs Sergeant
Civil Military Liaison- Coordinated Missions and Regional Information Awareness with/to U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Brigade, Special Forces, 1/4 Cavalry, USAID, USDA, USED, Provincial Ministers, Village Leaders, and Tribal Elders of Paktika Province Afghanistan
Program Developer - Assisted USAID and USDA in Developing Agricultural Programs for Paktika Province, Afghanistan
Mission Lead - Developed and led Missions in Afghanistan
Conflict Resolution - Trained at JFKSWC, Practical Experience in Conflict Resolution During a Multitude of Missions and Encounters in Paktika Province, Afghanistan
Mission Planning and Execution - Planning Costs, Risk Factors, and Personnel and Equipment Required for a Variety of Contingencies
Leadership, Non-Commissioned Officer - Supervise Junior Enlisted Soldiers, Personnel Management Including Health and Welfare. 
Training Development - Created and Implemented 7 Month Training Plan at the Brigade Level for Civil Affairs Familiarization and Integration
Training & Mentorship - Served as an Observer Controller/Trainer (OC/T) at Ft. Polk JRTC at the Joint Operations Command Level with JRTC Ops

2002-2010     FREELANCE art director and designer - Los Angeles and Orange Counties, CA
Freelance Art Director/Illustrator/Designer
Created project-winning Brands and Press Kits for clients
Art Directed project-winning conceptual product pitches for clients
Refreshed  old brands and created new brands to increase client market share
Conceptual Designer for Arenas Entertainment’s ABC Pitch Campaign, winning the $15 Million Advertising Campaign

2000-2001     international Art Director, Mattel - El Segundo, CA
Developed International Signoff Procedures resulting in increased profitability of Mattel HK by 35% in 8 months
Conceptual Illustration for Photography, Packaging, and Books
Remotely Managed & Art Directed Hong Kong Design and Photography 
Streamlined and rewrote International Art Direction Processes resulting in Shorter Turnaround Times (allowed increased volume of projects
Art Directed and created retouching for packaging and promo pieces, increasing the perceived value of product
Created  an innovative photography style for Barbie Accessories thereby increasing brand visibility