Creative Space of April Mangino


Purchase My Photography and Art on Products at Zazzle and CafePress

My Etsy shop is young yet and not able to expand. Zazzle and CafePress have given me the opportunity to offer my photography and art on many more products. Please visit my shops there to see more! Currently I have T-shirts, mobile cases for almost any device, and posters up for sale on Zazzle. On CafePress, I have T-shirts, cases, jewelry, posters, bags, stickers, puzzles, blankets and pillows, home decor, and more!

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gifts at Zazzle.

Etsy Digital and Cards Shop

Digital Downloads and Tree Free Greeting Cards

This new Etsy shop opened May 28, 2013 offers digital downloads of both vectors and photography as well as Tree Free Banana Paper Greeting Cards. Featured photographer Kevin1877uk has some amazing photos he has shared with me to print on these cards. Please visit my Etsy shop to purchase these great cards and downloads.

Water by Kevin1877uk

Etsy Sublimation Shop

Sublimation Drink Ware

I have had my shop open since January 2012. Each item is hand made. I set the images in Photoshop or Illustrator, print on sublimation paper, hand wrap the items, and heat them in a convection oven. The drink ware is then packed with care by me and sent via USPS for small orders; large orders are shipped via UPS. All product shots are my own work. Please visit my Etsy shop to see more items or order a custom made mug, stein, or water bottle.

Mosaico di Mangino ad


Freelance Work for

Since July 2012, I have been doing freelance work creating worksheets and workbooks for the online educational resource In collaboration with the editors there, I take the given concepts and some provided text, research, write if needed, illustrate, and flesh them out in Adobe Illustrator CS6.

  • Seahorse Facts
  • crab
  • jellyfish
  • baby birds
  • bee life cycle
  • 5th grade crossword
  • musical instruments crossword
  • states crossword
  • states map
  • cell parts
  • what happens when you eat
  • pancreas
  • Are your lungs healthy?
  • Yellowstone cover
  • falcon
  • lynx
  • otter
  • owl
  • weird animals valentines cards
  • weird animals valentines cards2


Stock Imagery

To me, creating visuals is the spice of design. I am constantly striving to improve my illustration and photography skills. Here are a few that have made it into the stock scene. Please visit my humble but growing Fotolia portfolio and Shutterstock vectors or Shutterstock photo albums for downloads and to see more.

Vectors Made with Adobe Illustrator CS6
apricot sulphur butterflies blue-morpho butterflies European peacock butterfly small-apollo butterfly beehive Peregrine falcon male-tanager moutain-blue-bird honey-badger sandhill-crane accordian clarinet banjo guitar piano anglerfish weedy-seadragon octopus stingray catfish

Stock Photography

Stock Photography

horsehead cloud double-rainbow rainbow

pink egg orange eggyellow egg

Easter eggs with flower blue egg green egg

bees wax underwater river

Personal Projects

Photoshop Composites

I was introduced to Jerry Uelsmann's work during a film photography class at Butte College. I continue to be in awe of his technical and aesthetic mastery. When asked to design an article around an artist or art style for a class at AAU, I did not have to think twice. These are alas only Photoshop composites and cannot be fully compared with his dark room work. The psychological and spiritual depth they let me play with was very healing and thought provoking. I could spend endless hours expressing this way.

Under Cloudy Water Dreaming Life Giving

Earth Watch The Silver Cord2 Navigation

Hobbit Hole Across the Water Reflections

Light and Dark Bidwell Legacy Untitled


Print, Web, Branding and Typography Design

Currently, I am attending online classes through the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I am a Web Design and New Media major working on my BFA. These are a few of my class projects. All visuals except the photography and logo for the Hotel Diamond website redesign are my original work. The lavender font was created for a typography class through Butte Community College prior to attending AAU.

Eyeware company design Mobile app button design RelaxT package design

Computer Arts magazine cover Vector Life magazine cover Handmade font type specimen

InterBank branding and marketing Hotel Diamond website redesign Metro Arts Magazine design


Graphite Illustrations

My love for traditional art goes back to learning to blend and shade with color crayons when I was young. Most of these illustrations were created for drawing classes at Butte Community College. I have not had much time to draw recently, but I will always love working with graphite.

graphite eye


April Mangino

Graphic and Web Design:
  • Illustrator: grid layout, typography, vector elements, logo design, stationary
  • Photoshop: photo retouching, compilations, web design, photo manipulation
  • In Design: document layout, magazine layout, book creation
  • Dreamweaver and Fireworks: basic web design
  • Notepad++: HTML, CSS, some Javascript
  • Illustrator: vector art
  • Photoshop: beginning digital painting
  • Traditional drawing with graphite
  • Canon: Rebel T2i 550D
  • Canon: Rebel EOS 35mm
Stock Contributor, Fotolia/Shutterstock:
Freelance Contractor:
Owner/manager, Etsy Sublimation Shop:
Self-Employed in Home Child Care Provider:
Preschool Teacher, Storybook Schoolhouse:
April 2013-present
July 2012-present
January 2012-present
August 2009-June 2010
August 2008-July 2009
Academy of Art University:
Butte College:
Desert Institute of the Healing Arts:
College of the Siskiyous:
BFA Web Design and New Media   2012-present
AA Multimedia Studies   2010-2011
Certification in Zen Shiatsu   2001-2002
AA Early Childhood Education   1999-2000


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