Craig PetersenCraig Petersen began his career by creating his own self-published comic book series, which he scripted, illustrated and marketed around New Zealand.

In 2000, Craig became a web designer at DMD. Craig then went on to become a freelance designer, creating storyboard illustrations for television commercials and music videos; comic book scripts and illustrations; plus numerous websites and Flash animations.

Craig worked on two series of the bro’Town animated TV show for Firehorse Films. In those two years, Craig worked as a character and prop designer, clean-up artist and background colourist.

At Satellite Media he has scripted, illustrated and animated several Flash comic strips (The Parenting Place), designed high-profile websites (Vodafone NZMA), After Effects animations and Flash banners for various clients. In 2008 and 2009 Craig created the comic strip “Close to Midnight” for Rip It Up Magazine.

As a freelance illustrator, some of Craig’s illustration commissions include: storyboards for the Starboy music videos, a full-page advertisement for Air New Zealand in national newspapers, covers and character designs for the Exodus role-playing game manual (USA), mascot designs for the Huxxer Corporation (Melbourne), a 2-page comic for a teaching magazine (Canada), cartoon characters for business cards and illustrated covers for student diaries.

As a freelance web designer, Craig has worked closely with agencies such as Ogilvy Interactive (NZ), ASOS (UK), Hypermedia, The Activation Agency and Draft FCB. Craig has worked on a variety of campaigns for many well known brands, including Vodafone, Air New Zealand, Prime, Westfield, Countdown, Nutricia, BP, Purina, Coke Zero, Briscoes, Kiwibank, PlaceMakers, Auckland City Council.

In late 2013, Craig moved to Paris to pursue a comic book career. In mid-2014, he relocated to the Netherlands and now continues his work as a freelance comic book illustrator in Barcelona, Spain. He has created two successful Kickstarter campaigns for his comic book series Echoes from the Drift.

Craig’s specialties include: writing and illustrating comic books; illustration; storyboards; character and set design; animation; working on-site or off-site with clients, media and marketing companies; website design; web graphics.

Work Experience:

September 2013 – Current
Freelance comic book writer and artist

August 2010 – September 2013
Freelance illustrator and web designer

September 2007 – August 2010
Satellite Media
Full-time Web Designer / Illustrator

January 2007 – September 2007
Firehorse Films
Full-time Designer / Digital Artist for bro’Town animation studio

December 2005 – September 2006
Firehorse Films
Full-time Designer / Clean-Up Artist for bro’Town animation studio

March 2005 – December 2005
Outer Aspect
Full-time Designer for lenticular printing

September 2002 – March 2005
Freelance Web Designer / Illustrator / Comic Book Artist

July 2000 – September 2002
Digital Media Design
Full-time Web Designer, Client Manager for the SKY TV website.

March 1997 – July 2000
Datacom Services
Part-time Tele-Operator for various 0900 Gameslines, Account Manager for Electronic Arts Gamesline.

January 1997 – March 1997
Sega Ozisoft
Part-time Tele-Operator for the Sega Hotline.

January 1995 – December 1996
Self-Employed Business
Comic-Book Creator