BIO

Tory Erpenbeck is an illustrator from the Cincinnati area. Tory creates cartoon drawings with pop-surrealist and fantasy undertones. Tory received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2015. Using both traditional and digital media, he makes work influenced by extraterrestrials, tarot, magic, and mythology. He seeks to raise questions about reality, different dimensions, and the ethereal energies of the universe. 

 freelance illustrator graphic designer pop surrealism cartoon illustration lowbrow fantasy art cincinnati northern kentucky area artist designer

EDUCATION


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration
Art Academy of Cincinnati, 2011-2015


exhibitions
 

"THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM"
CHIDLAW GALLERY

February 2018
Cincinnati, OH

"HOLIDAYS"
INDIGO HIPPO

December 2017
Cincinnati, OH

CONCEPTION ART SHOW
June 2017
Chicago, IL

"SPRING EXHIBITION"
THE DAM LITTLE ART GALLERY

April 2017
Boulder City, NV

"ALL WOMEN"
CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY ONLINE
February 2017-March 2017

LOLA’S COFFEE BAR
September 2016
Cincinnati, OH

“ELSEWHERE”
PEARLMAN GALLERY

 April 2015
Cincinnati, OH 

“MINUMENTALS”
ART ACADEMY OF CINCNINATI

February 2015
Cincinnati, OH 

“WHAT MAKES THE REINDEER FLY”
LLOYD LIBRARY

January 2013  
Cincinnati, OH 

“OVER THE RHINE”
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
 
April 2013
Cincinnati, OH 


FREELANCE & Professional Experience
 

SPARKBOX STUDIOS
Residency
September 2017
Picton, ON, Canada

  • Completed a two week artist residency

FRAME USA
Marketing and Graphic Design
May 2018 - Present
Springdale, OH

Responsibilities:

  • Managing social media to build brand awareness and generate online sales
  • Writing blog posts to engage customers and increase online traffic
  • Coordinating Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to drive relevant traffic to the main eCommerce website
  • Designing advertisements for online sales to be displayed on the website and in email campaigns
  • Managing email marketing campaigns
  • Maintaining and auditing the company's eCommerce website to ensure the site is running smoothly

ART ACADEMY OF CINCINNATI
Community Art Educator
June 2014 - May 2018
Cincinnati, OH

Responsibilities:

  • Teaching art classes to groups of students including elementary aged classes, teen classes, and adult classes

  • Making original lesson plans to engage students' creativity and learning

  • Classes include Cartooning & Comic Drawing, Life Drawing, and Intro to Photoshop

THE WHOLE CHILD PEDIATRICS
Web Designer
February 2017 - September 2017
Florence, KY

Responsibilities:

  • Creating and designing a website which brings in new clients to the company

  • Taking and editing photographs of the office and staff

  • Maintaining and updating the website

  • Designing marketing images and graphics which created a more modern feel for the company
     

DETERS INK
Apparel Designer
Ft. Wright, KY
Aug. 2015 - May 2017

Responsibilities:

  • Creating attractive designs using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to be sold

  • Preparing files to be printed onto apparel
     

SHIRONEKO VISUAL NOVELS
Illustrator
September-November 2015
Edgewood, KY

TRIHEALTH HAND SURGERY CLINIC
Photo Editor
January 2015
Cincinnati, OH

PROCTER & GAMBLE
Live Brainstorming Artist
October 2014
Cincinnati, OH

ARTWORKS
Apprentice for Licking River Project
Cincinnati, OH
June 2014-August 2014


PUBLICATIONS & PRINTED MEDIA
 

INDIE SOLEIL MAGAZINE
October 2017
A drawing was printed in an issue of an online and printed magazine
www.indiesoleil.com

INTERSEKT
November 2016
Illustrated a page of issue #3 of an independently printed zine.
www.twitter.com/intersektzine

THREAT N INK
November 2016
Illustrated a page of issue #7 of an independent zine.
www.jethrobot.com

FOR A BETTER WORLD - Saad Ghosn
May 2015
Created a drawing that illustrated a poem and was printed in an anthology of poems and art.
Link here

THE NAVIFLOWER MURDER
April 2015
Graphic novel written, illustrated, and published by Tory Erpenbeck
Available on etsy here

THE LAST HUMAN
April 2014
Graphic novel written, illustrated, and published by Tory Erpenbeck

BABY ARMS
October 2013
Collaborated with other artists to illustrate a poem in a book


additional skills

Advanced knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver)

Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Traditional art skills (drawing, painting)

Advanced knowledge of social media

Marketing skills