I have known Crystal M Avery since high school and have watched her become a magnificent artist in both digital and real-world art mediums. She is currently available for hire or for freelance graphic design and illustration.
Unlike myself, she's actually gone through the schooling and apprenticeships to know her craft inside and out.
From her site's contact page, here is Crystal's education background:
Westwood College of Technology & Design
Mar 2004 - Dec 2005 / Long Beach, CA
Associates of Graphic Design & Multimedia
School of Communication Arts
Jan 2000 - Nov 2000 / Raleigh, NC
Certificate of Digital Art & Animation
After browsing through my galleries, consider taking a look through her online portfolio.