Preetha Mahendran

Visual Development artist/ Illustrator California

I'm an artist who loves finding beauty in the world around me. I find inspiration in my family, nature and music.

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Academy of Art University
(MFA- Visual Development for Animation)
Stella Maris College
(BA Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting)
Mesa Community College
(Certificate in Media Arts)


Freelance artist/ illustrator
1/2010 – Present
Portraits and artwork done for :
-Calaveras Montessori schools, Milpitas, CA
-South Asian Heart Center, Mountain View, CA -Visweta Dance Group, Milpitas, CA
-Children’s book illustrations for the book “Old Hill” by author Pavi K. Mehta to be published by the end of this year.

Art Teacher
Drawn2Art, Los Altos, CA
5/2009 – 12/2009
Taught fine-art classes to children and introduced them to the principles of academic drawing/ painting while encouraging creativity/ experimentation.

Freelance Designer
Shorepoint Systems, Inc.
4/2009 – 7/2009
Conceptualized and designed icons for an I-phone app developed by Shorepointsys Inc.

Graphic artist
The Arizona Republic
8/2005 – 1/2008
Created full color illustrations, graphs, maps, and charts for articles in the newspaper, using Illustrator, Freehand and Photoshop. Worked with a team of designers in page design using Indesign.

Design intern
Arcadia studio
7/2005 – 5/2006
Drafted landscape design plans using AutoCAD. Designed brochures, sample books and postcards using Indesign and Photoshop; which were used for marketing purposes in the studio. Made concept drawings based on the chief architect’s sketches for better visualisation for clients.

Ez Vidya
9/2000 – 12/2002
Designed characters and backgrounds in Flash for games and puzzles meant for children. Illustrated worksheets and handouts for various grade levels.



solo, Maker Faire, San Mateo fairgrounds - San Mateo, CA