From my early childhood, I have always had a passion for the creative arts and visual imagery. It all began when my parents would sit down with me on the floor with a giant pad of paper and draw together as a family for fun. That simple act of parenthood unleashed my enthusiasm for art. All throughout my school years I could be found at my drawing desk or computer creating artwork…from cartoons and illustrations to digital designs and videos. I was strictly dedicated to carving a path for myself in the career of the arts and design as I wanted to have a career in doing something I loved so dearly. I am proud to say I achieved that goal and have spent all of my years since graduating from college working in the field of graphic design and digital media.
My professional career has also included many successful business endeavors. I am the co-founder and executive officer of The Riddle Brothers, a web design and development firm based in Baltimore, MD and also offer custom cartooning and drawing services through Buy a Drawing. Wedding photography is also a field I enjoy working in, and I photograph roughly one wedding a month through my photography business Aaron Riddle Photography.
As for my education, I received a Bachelor of Visual and Performing Arts degree with a graphic design major in 2002 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I am happily married with two daughters and enjoy sports, fitness, the outdoors, and supporting the Navy SEALs.
Lord Fairfax Community College
Graphic Design and Digital Media Specialist • May 2005 – Present
Oversees and handles all web, print and digital media design for the college. Manages all day-to-day operations regarding the college website including major updates, design, new feature requests and development projects. Created and implements the college’s visual identity and directs its use over all digital and print media. Designs major publications (annual reports, catalogs, direct mail) playing a major role in the various marketing plans. Creates and administers digital signage displays. Produces, films and edits major promotional videos for college marketing purposes.
Buy a Drawing
Founder / Cartoonist / Illustrator • May 2015 – Present
Founder and owner of BuyaDrawing.com, a custom cartooning service that offers custom drawings and caricatures to customers world-wide.
Aaron Riddle Photography
Owner / Professional Photographer • September 2009 – Present
Own and operate a professional photography business focusing on wedding photography, portrait photography and special event photography needs. Since September 2009 I have photographed over 100 weddings in addition to many other photography assignments.
The Riddle Brothers
Co-Founder / Executive Director / Designer • June 2006 – Present
Co-own and operate a web design and development business offering the following services to businesses and organizations: custom, professional web site designs from e-commerce to social networks; complete front and back-end development and coding; content management systems (CMS); WordPress development; blog design; accessibility requirements; maintenance; analytics and more.
Graphic Designer • June 2002 – May 2005
Responsibilities included design and production of a variety of direct mail and marketing publications (40+ page full color brochures, color/bw ads, direct mail, monthly full color newspaper and more). Collaboration with various printers on stock selection, file preparation and scheduling. Analysis of marketing results (Boston and Michigan regions) to determine success of designed publications and advertisements. Photo shoot scheduling and coordination.
UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Bachelor of Arts (Major in Graphic Design) • August 1998 – May 2002
Achieved Bachelor of Arts with a graphic design major while attending under presidential and fine art scholarships. Achieved the Dean’s List multiple semesters graduating cum laude with a GPA of 3.73.