LeeAna Benson



I am an independent graphic designer, artist, and photo retoucher. I have studied and lived in New York for the past 10 years, worked at a top fashion brand, found success, and moved on. With both the company I lived and breathed, and for numerous freelance clients, some of the projects I worked on include the following:

Web design (American Eagle, Tailgate, Todd Snyder, TourSleeper, Sarvie, Susty Clothing), social & email marketing (Tailgate, Todd Snyder, TourSleeper, Project NY), print (print-ready magazine/book layouts featured in: New York Times: T-Magazine, Essential Homme, GQ, Bass World & more), invitations (NYFW, CFDA events), press cards, business cards, logos, graphic t-shirt design (Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle, A&F, Ann Taylor Loft, Soulcycle, Tailgate, dELiA*s, Trau & Loevner, all NYC souvenir shops, and apparently NIBI Montauk as seen on HBO's Girls), fashion CADs, fashion illustration, typography, hand-lettering, photo-retouching (Todd Snyder online shop, Todd Snyder editorial, Todd Snyder Madison Park), buyer presentations (all of the above brands plus Lacoste), as well as branding, from concept to final execution, with APLUS, Target Local Pride, TourSleeper, Sarvie, Susty, and Dado. And of course—all the production work in between. I also work with agencies and distributors such as Solomon Page, Deny Designs, and Creative Circle.  

My fashion industry claim to fame is my hand painted artwork that was produced on garments for Todd Snyder fashion shows at New York Fashion Week. All of the above work is found on my portfolio page.

At a whopping 5', 30 years of age, and 10+ years of selling art and design, I am considered senior level to corporate standards. With an extremely heavy background in drawing, painting, and undergrad peer teaching in figure drawing, I also provide private lessons in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and drawing. I have trained individuals of all ages, including my colleagues and superiors.

Since leaving fashion, I have created my own brands that reflect what I felt needed change. Susty is my graphic t-shirt brand, which is my hand-done artwork printed solely on used garments. Its messages, down to the hangtag, remind us to be earth-conscious and to give more than we take. Dado is my other passion project, where I bring art classes to kids in underprivileged parts of the world. I've live-painted at events with the love of my life, and, once we are done designing and perfecting our fall wedding, we hope to expand this practice, too.

My hobbies include long distance bike rides, drinking anything with carbonation, taking motion landscape video, traveling to unknown stretches of the world, painting my face, trying to save the world, and napping with my cats.





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