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Illustrator – Washington DC
NATECH is looking for an Illustrator to support the Smithsonian National Air Space Museum’s (NASM) Exhibit Design Department. The Museum is currently planning a major renovation project for the national mall building. The Museum’s Advancement department is responsible for raising money to support the transformation of all the exhibitions in the museum. They are in periodic and immediate need of dynamic and compelling illustrations of naming opportunities in the exhibitions. For some areas, 3D models of the new exhibits exist. In other areas, there are only empty building models. NATECH needs someone who can quickly render a prospective donor’s name into an existing exhibit model or illustrate a general rendering for the new galleries where the content is being worked out. Illustrations should be realistic enough that potential donors can visualize the space, but not to specific where they expect it to match upon completion. This is a full-time position for the duration of one year with the possibility of recurring annual extensions for a total of 5 years.
- Create dynamic and compelling artistic architectural renderings in a variety of styles, mediums which will be used to engage prospective donors.
- Develop stylistic architectural renderings of museum spaces used for donor naming opportunities with the formation or existing 3D models
- Quickly render a prospective donor’s name into an existing exhibit model
- Illustrate a general rendering for the new galleries where the content is not finalized.
- Conduct site investigations of existing conditions to validate the design
- Prepare presentation collateral
- Attend all meetings relevant to the illustrations being done.
- Support the graphic design team, as needed
- Travel between the Museum’s 3 locations: the National Mall Building (NMB), the Paul E. Gerber Facility, and the Udvar-Hazy Center (UHC).
- Responsible for quality control and quality assurance for all tasks performed.
- Assist the department with document management and computer file maintenance
- Maintain records of all significant conversations, meetings, or discussions concerning the project.
- Proven track record working as an Illustrator and working in Graphic Design
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Adobe Acrobat
- Proven ability to work independently
- Strong organizational, communication and relationship management skills
- Strong creative and conceptual skills
- Excellent presentation skills
- Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to communicate design ideas
- Think proactively, listen attentively and be able to communicate well, even under pressure
- Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Illustration, Architectural Illustration, or Commercial Arts
- Background in illustration for advertising or facility management/real estate
If selected for an interview, the candidate must:
- Submit a portfolio, either as a PDF or a website link, showing experience in at least 3 projects where offeror had to create dynamic artistic renderings for architectural spaces. Those Illustrations shall have been completed in the last 5 years.
- Provide a list of 4 professional client references.
- Be available to attend an interview at the national mall building
- Complete an onsite exercise at NASM showing illustration capabilities. Candidate will be given a fictitious assignment involving portraying a prospective donor’s name on a space in the Museum that they must complete in 4 hours. They shall be provided with a Mac workstation containing the Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp, and Vectorworks and an area for doing work that might require additional resources that the candidate shall have to bring with them. For instance, NASM has 3D computer models of its spaces in SketchUp. Offeror can use the computer to manipulate the model or just reference it for use in a hand done watercolor or other painting medium. Candidate must bring any media needed to show capability that isn’t listed above. Candidate may choose to use only computer programs.
Final product shall show the candidate’s ability to create a dynamic and artistic illustration that would sell that space to a prospective donor. Candidates will be evaluated in these areas:
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to follow directions
- Technical skills (Use of tools)
- Cultural fit
- Out of the box thinking