I am a Lead Look Development / Lighting artist and 3D generalist with an eye for detail and photo-realism, working in the Los Angeles area. With a background in art and design, I have almost 20 years of professional experience in Animation and Visual Effects, on over 35 feature film and television projects, and dozens of high-end commercials.
My workflow involves breaking reference down into surface properties, and meticulously recreating those through shading, lighting, texturing, displacement, modeling and rendering. I am also experienced in on-set VFX supervision, stereoscopic compositing, 3D sculpting, character rigging, 3D animation, physics simulation, particle systems, camera animation, storyboarding, traditional animation, concept design, and visual development.
Software: 3DSMax, Maya, Vray, Mental Ray, Arnold, Photoshop, Zbrush, Mari, Mudbox, Nuke, After Effects, Vegas, Shotgun, SpeedTree, Forest Pack, Multiscatter
Lighting TD / Environment Generalist at Tippett Studio
June 2015 – Present
Responsible for lighting characters in Katana and optimizing renders in Renderman RIS. Responsible for assembling scenes from hundreds of assets, integrating lookdev, animation and fx simulation into a cohesive whole. Responsible for optimizing renders to achieve efficient render times while maintaining a high level of quality. Created large environments in Clarisse on a variety of ride film, VR and TV projects.
Projects: Asura (feature), A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV), Dream of Anhui (ride), Intel Warcraft (commercial), League of Gods (feature), Untitled VR creature project, Mad God (short film)
Senior Environment Artist / Generalist at Industrial Light and Magic
October 2014 – December 2018
Research, surfacing, lighting and modeling of hero environments from plate reference. Supervision of junior lighting artists. Painting texture maps and sculpting in 2d and 3d packages. Development and distribution of light rigs and render setups to Lighting team. Lighting shots, Slap Comps and Final Rendering. Creation of additional elements/AOVs as needed for comp. Work closely with compositors to achieve final look.
Projects: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Warcraft
Senior Look Development Artist / Lighting Lead at Pixomondo
August 2009 – October 2014
Research, surfacing, lighting and asset management of hero objects and environments from photo reference. Supervision of junior lighting artists. Painting texture maps in 2d and 3d packages. Development and distribution of light rigs and render setups to Lighting team. Lighting shots, Slap Comps and Final Rendering. Creation of additional elements/AOVs as needed for comp. Work closely with matte painters to implement camera projections. Painting of additional maps and elements for compositing. Track assets between departments throughout production.
Projects: After Earth, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hugo, Red Tails, Sucker Punch, The Lightning Thief, The Last Airbender
Senior Look Development / Lighting Artist / Generalist at Sway Studio
October 2005 – August 2009
Lighting/Surfacing/Look Development for high end features, commercials, web, and music video productions.
Clients: U2/Green Day, Kanye West, Chandon, BMW, Acura, Lexus, Mini Cooper, Chevrolet, Pontiac, GM, Hyundai, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, Budweiser, McDonalds, Burger King
Digital Artist at Amalgamated Pixels
December 2004 – October 2005
Senior 3D Artist/Compositor on 23 film and television projects, including Blade III, Running Scared, Into the Blue.
Lighting / Compositing / Animation at Luma Pictures
2003 – 2004
Maya Lighting, Surfacing, Animation and Compositing for features.
Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow (2004) – Character Animator/Lighting Artist
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) – Compositor
The Human Stain (2003) – Lighting/Shading Artist, 3D Tracking and Compositing
Digital Artist at Amalgamated Pixels
2000 – 2003
3D Artist/Compositor on feature film and television projects.
Animator at Dreamworks Animation
Joseph: King of Dreams – Special Effects Animator
Animator at Warner Bros Animation
1998 – 1999
The Iron Giant – Special Effects Animator
Animator at 20th Century Fox Animation Studios
1995 – 1998
Titan A.E. (1998) – Conceptual Artist
Bartok the Magnificent (1997) – Effects Animator
Anastasia (1995-1997) – Effects Animator