About

myface2Bienvenue! My name is Shelby Vongroven – designer, illustrator, and cat whisperer.

I graduated from South Dakota State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, a minor in Visual Arts, and a certificate in Animation. Originally from a small town near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, I moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in early 2017 when my husband and I got married.

Professionally, I have worked for an educational game design company, doing both individual and team projects. During my time with this startup company, I have created illustrations, characters, and animations, as well as designed games, general UI, and logos. I have worked on contracts for both big and small companies. Currently, I do volunteer design work for a wonderful nonprofit, the Red Panda Network, as well as any freelance projects that come my way.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, trying new recipes with my husband, adventuring around the city, learning French, convincing my body coffee is its own food group, and cuddling our two kittens, Gandalf the Grey and Aela the Huntress,

If you’re interested in my resume, want to hire me for some freelance work, or just want to chat, please feel free to drop me a note. You can also find me on various social media.


Achievements

Student Juried Art Show
Antihero | Typography Poster
Ritz Gallery, Brookings, SD | 2014

Making a Mark
GameStop Annual Report | Book Layout
Sioux Falls Design Center, Sioux Falls SD | 2014

SoDak Animation Festival
Thoughts of an Artist | Narrative Animation
Performing Arts Center, Brookings, SD | 2014

Minnanimate
Thoughts of an Artist | Narritive Animation
Film Society of Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN | 2013

Silver Brass Ring (Award)
Thoughts of an Artist | Narrative Animation
100 Brass Ring Competition (Online) | 2013