LB CREATIVE

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LEEANA BENSON

I have been creating art for as long as i can remember. I was brought up painting and illustrating—molding nothings into somethings. Today, my favorite thing to do is to turn a vague idea into a visually compelling story. To my surprise, people pay me to do it.

After I graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in graphic design, I spent six years executing artwork under fashion designer Todd Snyder. Working next to him inspired me to create brands of my own: a completely waste-free/give-back clothing brand I call Susty, and my other project, Dado, which brings art workshops to underserved communities around the world. It, like Susty, promotes giving more than you take with a focus on environmentalism and inclusivity.

I now work independently, consulting and designing for a number of clients. My interest is piqued by opportunities that support goodness and the well-being of the planet and each other. For a full description of my experience, see my resume.

Things I enjoy doing are: scribbling in my sketchbook, traveling to unknown stretches of the world, and making fun of my cats with my husband, musician Evan Runyon.

 

PROJECTS

 Susty a sustainable clothing passion project

Susty
a sustainable clothing passion project

 Dado a global education passion project

Dado
a global education passion project

 Todd Snyder & Tailgate

Todd Snyder & Tailgate

 Independent Artwork

Independent Artwork

 
 

an ethical apparel brand

 
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 Susty at the United Nations Association’s Sustainable Fashion Show

Susty at the United Nations Association’s Sustainable Fashion Show

 
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AN ONGOING ADVENTURE FOR GLOBAL ART EDUCATION

 
 Dado a passion project

Dado
a passion project

Some years ago I began offering free drawing lessons in the Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn’s art epicenter, Bushwick. I would wheel my easel and supplies to the park, and my “classes” would fill up with neighborhood kids, hipsters, and elder locals. It was the start of my epic dream and current project, Dado.

Since then, I helped to create an organization that works together with the Art is Good Foundation, rhino saver Charles Summerfield, and a few passionate educators to bring what is known globally as the Puzzle Art Project Installation & Collaborative to classrooms around the world. I do the traveling and execution of the classes, with guidance from Art is Good founder and my good friend, Tim Kelly.

This past January and alongside 25 puzzle pieces, I flew a touring bike to South America in an attempt to raise awareness toward the global issues that we base our art workshops around. The solo cycling/camping was a bit of a flop, but, the art workshop with the kids at the Centro Muchacho Trabajador in Quito was a huge success.

We are currently in the process of planning our next workshop. Whether or not I try again with the bike is unclear.

 
 Todd Snyder & Tailgate my artwork under todd

Todd Snyder & Tailgate
my artwork under todd

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 What insanity looks like

What insanity looks like

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 Susty a passion project

Susty
a passion project

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todd snyder & TAILGATE

IN-HOUSE PAINTER and all things GRAPHIC DESIGN

 
 Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

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 Photo Retouch for ToddSnyder Madison Square store opening

Photo Retouch for ToddSnyder Madison Square store opening

 Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

 Todd Snyder + Champion

Todd Snyder + Champion

 Todd and his minion featured in GQ

Todd and his minion featured in GQ

 Target Local Pride branding, hang tag design and production

Target Local Pride branding, hang tag design and production

 Target Local Pride graphic seen at Targets in San Diego (favorite city to research)

Target Local Pride graphic seen at Targets in San Diego (favorite city to research)

 This graphic never met its licensing requirement I drew it and somehow it went to print, sorry not sorry

This graphic never met its licensing requirement
I drew it and somehow it went to print, sorry not sorry

 Coca Cola for Delia’s circa 2014

Coca Cola for Delia’s circa 2014

 Once very inspired by Richard Haines

Once very inspired by Richard Haines

 Target Local Pride  Good times

Target Local Pride

Good times

 Hand painting for TS

Hand painting for TS

 Graphic for Todd Snyder + Champion Women’s

Graphic for Todd Snyder + Champion Women’s

 Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

 Original Todd Snyder + Champion Women’s pitch

Original Todd Snyder + Champion Women’s pitch

 Wall Street Journal for Target Local Pride

Wall Street Journal for Target Local Pride

 Extremely proud of myself at Target Local Pride Boston launch at Fenway

Extremely proud of myself at Target Local Pride Boston launch at Fenway

 Yaz for Target Local Pride. Go Sox!

Yaz for Target Local Pride. Go Sox!

 Gap Men’s assortment pitch, design, and production Spring 16

Gap Men’s assortment pitch, design, and production Spring 16

 The old team

The old team

 Photo Retouch for ToddSnyder Madison Square store opening

Photo Retouch for ToddSnyder Madison Square store opening

 Tailgate as American Eagle for the first time ever

Tailgate as American Eagle for the first time ever

 Gap Men’s Spring ‘15

Gap Men’s Spring ‘15

 Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

 Soulcycle graphic assortment pitch, design and production ‘14

Soulcycle graphic assortment pitch, design and production ‘14

 I agree Photo Retouch for Madison Square store opening

I agree
Photo Retouch for Madison Square store opening

 Scrapbook material from my time at Todd

Scrapbook material from my time at Todd

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 Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

Graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

 Nick Wooster x Todd Snyder

Nick Wooster x Todd Snyder

 Todd Snyder x Nick Wooster

Todd Snyder x Nick Wooster

 Graphics featured in Times Square

Graphics featured in Times Square

 Hand painted graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

Hand painted graphic for Todd Snyder Spring 15

 Observing Todd Snyder Fashion Shows

Observing Todd Snyder Fashion Shows

 Pitch, design, and production for Ann Taylor Loft

Pitch, design, and production for Ann Taylor Loft

 Gap Women’s entire assortment pitch, design, and production Spring 16

Gap Women’s entire assortment pitch, design, and production Spring 16

 Gap goes local, spring 16

Gap goes local, spring 16

 Target Local Pride, Los Angeles

Target Local Pride, Los Angeles

 Todd Snyder + Champion

Todd Snyder + Champion

 Pitch, design, and production for Ann Taylor Loft

Pitch, design, and production for Ann Taylor Loft

 Gap Men’s spring ‘15

Gap Men’s spring ‘15

 Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

Todd Snyder + Champion for City Gym

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 Tailgate launches under American Eagle, 2016

Tailgate launches under American Eagle, 2016

 Inspired by Richard Haines

Inspired by Richard Haines

 Todd Snyder for City Gym, Movember

Todd Snyder for City Gym, Movember

RECENT WORK

 
 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork & “Time is Now” assortment pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork & “Time is Now” assortment pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork & “Time is Now” assortment pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork & “Time is Now” assortment pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

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 Branding, Logo & Web Design University of Minnesota’s APLUS

Branding, Logo & Web Design
University of Minnesota’s APLUS

 Infographics for Research Book University of Minnesota’s APLUS

Infographics for Research Book
University of Minnesota’s APLUS

 SYBARITE5 Promo Design

SYBARITE5 Promo Design

 Branding & Graphic Design Our Green Wedding

Branding & Graphic Design
Our Green Wedding

 Branding & Graphic Design Our Green Wedding

Branding & Graphic Design
Our Green Wedding

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

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 Graphic Design & Production Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

Graphic Design & Production
Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

 Chromatic Ad Design  Bass World Magazine

Chromatic Ad Design
Bass World Magazine

 Branding & Graphic Design Our Green Wedding

Branding & Graphic Design
Our Green Wedding

 Branding & Graphic Design Our Green Wedding

Branding & Graphic Design
Our Green Wedding

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 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Graphic Artwork 2014

Graphic Artwork 2014

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 Graphic Design & Production Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

Graphic Design & Production
Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

 Graphic Design & Production seen in all New York City souvenir shops

Graphic Design & Production
seen in all New York City souvenir shops

 Infographics for Research Book University of Minnesota’s APLUS

Infographics for Research Book
University of Minnesota’s APLUS

 “F This” feature Deny Designs

“F This” feature
Deny Designs

 Branding & Graphic Design Our Green Wedding

Branding & Graphic Design
Our Green Wedding

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

 Artwork for “Time is Now”  Full Collection Pitch Trau & Loevner for Target

Artwork for “Time is Now”
Full Collection Pitch
Trau & Loevner for Target

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 Graphic Design & Production seen all New York City souvenir shops

Graphic Design & Production
seen all New York City souvenir shops

 My Artwork Apparently on HBO’s Girls

My Artwork
Apparently on HBO’s Girls

 Graphic Design & Production Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

Graphic Design & Production
Trau & Loevner for Chevrolet

 Logo & Web Design Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

Logo & Web Design
Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra

 
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 Branding & Logo Design Parts & Labor by Trau & Loevner; launch coming soon

Branding & Logo Design
Parts & Labor by Trau & Loevner; launch coming soon

 Album Design Your Clear Eye

Album Design
Your Clear Eye

 Branding, Web Design, & UX  TourSleeper — current project

Branding, Web Design, & UX

TourSleeper — current project

 Album Design Your Clear Eye

Album Design
Your Clear Eye

 Product Photography & Banner Design Antidote Apothecary

Product Photography & Banner Design
Antidote Apothecary

 Product Photography & Banner Design Antidote Apothecary

Product Photography & Banner Design
Antidote Apothecary

 Invite Design Antidote Apothecary

Invite Design
Antidote Apothecary

 Product Photography Antidote Apothecary

Product Photography
Antidote Apothecary

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 Menu Design Antidote Apothecary

Menu Design
Antidote Apothecary

 Product Photography & Motion Graphic Antidote Apothecary

Product Photography & Motion Graphic
Antidote Apothecary

 Menu Design Antidote Apothecary

Menu Design
Antidote Apothecary

 Logo & Label Design/Product Photography Liquid Sky

Logo & Label Design/Product Photography
Liquid Sky

 Product Photography & Banner Design Antidote Apothecary

Product Photography & Banner Design
Antidote Apothecary

 

INSIDE MY SKETCHBOOK

 
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