"With over 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a generalist, Sal Vador 'thedarkcloak' N now specializes in bringing some of the coolest ideas in illustration you could ever ask for to the design table."

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for spec work, I can tell you I don't do that. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career.

Skills that make me a nightmare for creative problems. If you hire me now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. Because you would already have me putting my skills to use for you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will thrill you.

No matter the task at hand, be it for: Page, Stage, Speaker, Screen, Sculpt, Skin or Polygon - I am a Creative Ronin, a Stylus Samurai, Multimedia Ninja & Multidisciplinary Artist and available for all sorts of Creative Mayhem!

However, I do not knit or crochet. In fact, I often get the two mixed up.

My weapons of choice are:
Adobe Creative Suite/ Creative Cloud (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign) and Clip Studio Paint/ Manga Studio 5. and various production software suites and plugins for Audio/ Video production.

And, I come pre-armed with:
A Wacom Cintiq 22hd of +10 artweaving, several other tablets & stylus hardware, a slew of traditional art tools for all mediums and a bandolier of sculpting tools.

If it's capable of making art, I will art with it. One way, or another.

Primary Skillset: Visual

Secondary Skillset: Auditory

Always open to expanding my professional network. If my skills and expertise could be of use to you or your project, do connect with me.

More examples of my work are available on my website:


2003 – present Freelance Artist & Creative Director Consultant, TheDarkCloak, New Hope, MN
Providing creative consultation and designing content for digital, print, and performance
Contract or freelance work implementing all of my experience as an artist or director
Illustration and other 2D disciplines in traditional and digital formats,
3D texture painting for mobile games, concept art, and more
Assisting clients with developing, fulfilling and executing their artistic visions
Managing project budgets, contracts, and timelines
Providing exemplary customer service

2006 –2016 Creative Director, BillboardPlanet, LLC, Location
Designing for screen media, print, and web with consideration to client branding/identity
Managing and tracking progress with oversees development team and system engineers
Directing/producing videos for internal product launch
[Company clients include: Hard Rock Cafe, United Healthcare Group, Best Buy, and others]

2007 – 2015 Creative Director/Technical Director, The Historic Mounds Theatre, Saint Paul, MN
Designing animations and motion graphics for performance projections
Managing technical run crew and coordinating with other production staff
Creating sound design and managing live Foley sound effect team
Supporting marketing, creating video trailers and illustrations/graphics for promotional materials
[Productions include: Mort, A Christmas Carol Radio Play, War of the Worlds - A Live Theatrical Radio Drama, Night of the Living Dead, and A Night of Radio Theatre]

2016 Production Design, Phone Case, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Sound Design, War of the Worlds, The Historic Mounds Theatre (HMT), Saint Paul, MN
2014 Production Design, Hipstermination, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Sound Design, Night of Radio Theatre, Nonna Rossa's, Minneapolis, MN
2014 Production Design, The House of Doctor Caligo, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Production Design, The Long Con, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Sound Design, Night of the Living Dead, The Historic Mounds Theatre, Saint Paul, MN
2012 Sound Design, The Amazing Maurice (Terry Pratchett), HMT, Saint Paul, MN
2012 Sound Design, Guards! Guards! (Terry Pratchett), HMT, Saint Paul, MN
2011 Sound Design, Mort! (Terry Pratchett), HMT, Saint Paul, MN

2015 Phone Case, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2014 The House of Doctor Caligo, Short Film, Minneapolis, MN
2011-Present Incision Xperience, Music Group, Twin Cities, MN
2010 Intergalactic Kung Fu Zombies, Animated Production, NA

2014 Best Makeup for The House of Doctor Caligo, 48 Hour Film Festival
2008 Daily Deviation for Scary Goomba, DeviantArt
2005 Daily Deviation for We Are Venom, DeviantArt
2004 Daily Deviation for Raphael Playing in the Rain, DeviantArt
1997 Artist of the Month, DePaul/GT CP
1996 Artist of the Month, DePaul/GT CP

Language: Bilingual English & Spanish (fluency in writing, reading, speaking)
Soft Skills: A strong leader, effective communicator, and storyteller
Management: Trello, Shotgun, Celtx, DropBox, Google Docs, One-Note
Office: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook
Adobe Suite: [Creative Cloud] Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver
3D: 3DS Max, Mudbox, 3D Coat, and more
Production: Manga Studio 5, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
Audio: Logic, Reaper, Sonar X3, Ableton, several other plugins and suites
Other: Makeup, sculpture, storyboarding, music composition, film production, comics, animation

Demo Reel


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Illustration
  • Book Cover Illustration
  • Album Cover Illustration
  • Digital Painting
  • Traditional Art
  • Concept Art
  • Comic Art
  • Character Design
  • Concept Design
  • Creature Design
  • Production Design
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Horror
  • Monsters
  • Preproduction
  • Pre-visualization
  • World Building
  • Storyboarding
  • Sequential Art
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Post-production
  • Pre-viz
  • After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Creative Cloud
  • Video Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Software Proficiency

    After Effects
    After Effects
    Manga Studio
    Manga Studio
    3ds Max
    3ds Max
    Ableton Live
    Ableton Live
    Samplitude X
    Samplitude X