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Highly skilled and creative Lead Character Artist with 15 years experience in the Games & film Industry. Has been integral to the character production for numerous high profile, AAA games & feature films.


Graham Gallagher, Associate Art Director and Animation/Character Director, Swordfish Studiosmanaged Mark at Codemasters

“Mark was a great talent on the team , he personality was a joy to work with .The spirit he added to the team was always upbeat and fun. I would have no problem recommending Mark in the future and hope our paths will cross again in the future so I will have the chance to work with someone of his high talent again."

Jake Gumbleton, character artist, Free Radical Designworked directly with Mark at Free Radical Design

“Mark is a pleasure to work with. He has a wealth of experience and ability and a great work ethic. I really enjoyed my time working with Mr O Kane. He has remained a close personal friend for years since we worked together because he is such a brilliant fellow. He is honest, driven and ambitious. Mark has a broad skill set and is able to deliver top quality characters in a range of styles and finishes. Mark also brings a massive amount of experience to the table having been in the industry for many years now. He has consistently delivered great work on a large range of AAA products. He would be a valuable asset to any team.”

Jamie Hemming, Senior Character Artist, Codemasters Birmingham Studioreported to Mark at Codemasters

 “I have had the good fortune to work with Mark as my lead on two projects now, both with Swordfish Studios and currently with Codemasters Birmingham, and in that time his passion and willingness to share his experience and knowledge on all aspects of character creation has helped me to improve my own skillset. He's a valuable asset for any company that has him on board.”

Mark Povey, Senior Animator, Swordfish Studiosworked directly with Mark at Codemasters

“Mark is a very skilled Character Modeller. He excels both artistically and technically he knows how to get the best from his work, and is also extremely quick and dedicated. He happens to be the kind of person that everyone likes to work with.””

David Grant, Senior designer, Insight acumenworked directly with Mark at Insight acumen

“I have known Mark a long time and his dedication and talent has been an inspiration to me. His eye for detail and work ethic is second to none, and his natural artistic ability and knowledge of anatomy make him as good a character artist as you can get.”

Work History

Senior Modeller

Prime Focus World

Contracting on Hercules: The Thracian Wars. A role that involves looking after all the assets the character team built. Also the creation of Digital Doubles for hero characters, stunt doubles and crowd .

3D Artist

Pineapple Interactive
Jan 2014Present

3D Modeller


Working onset creating Previs for The Secret Service.

Jun 2013Sep 2013


Double Negative

Contract role involved creating Digital Doubles for hero characters, stunt doubles and crowd for the upcoming movies Hercules and Ex Machina. Also created matte paintings for the Comic-con Godzilla trailer.

Aug 2012Jun 2013

Character Artist


Working within a team of character artists on a next gen AAA title.

Oct 2011Jul 2012



Working within visual effects on recent and upcoming films such as Snow white and the Huntsman and Total Recall. Creating set extensions, characters, buildings, objects and also matte painting. This involves modelling, UVing, texturing, lighting and rendering whole scenes using the latest software: Maya, zBrush, Mudbox, 3d Studio Max & Photoshop. A varied role working under tight deadlines in close co-operation with all other members of the vfx team.

Sep 2008Sep 2011

Lead Character Artist


Leading the team of character artists working most recently on F1 2011 & F1 2010. Responsible for the development, documentation and implementation of character pipeline process ensuring continuity and efficiency within the team. Hands-on in the production of game characters, using the latest software (3D Studio Max 2010, ZBrush 4, Photoshop CS4), to create highly accurate in-game likeness of F1 drivers and secondary characters. Regular review and critique of team’s work to ensure consistency, quality and likeness throughout all stages of character creation. Liaise with programmers, animators, game designers and management teams in house and across Codemasters’ sites. 

Apr 2006Sep 2008

Lead Character Artist

Swordfish Studios

Managing a team of character artists, based across the Birmingham and Manchester studios, and responsible for overseeing all outsourced characters. In addition to the daily management of the character team my duties include the design and building of main characters, most recently Fifty Cent (‘Blood in the Sand’). Highly skilled in all aspects of character modelling including the creation of characters in 3D Studio Max 9, sculpting in ZBrush 3, detailed skinning of body and face, texturing in Photoshop CS3 and exporting into the Unreal engine. Responsible for making sure the overall quality is to the highest standards whilst keeping the team motivated and working to deadlines. 

Aug 2003Apr 2006

Character Artist

Free Radical

Designing main characters; modelling, skinning and texturing using Maya 6, Zbrush 2 and Photoshop. Finished projects include Second Sight, Time Splitters 3 and Haze.

Jan 2003Aug 2003

Character Artist

Core Design

Working within a team of character modellers for Playstation2/Xbox game, ‘Fighting Force 3’. Main duties involved building and texturing enemy characters and skinning in Maya 4. Freedom to both design and produce models required a vivid imagination and the ability to be self-motivated.

Apr 2000Dec 2002

Character Artist

Attention to Detail

Main character artist on platform game ‘Fatman’ for Playstation2. Also worked on official Winter Olympic game for Playstation2, which involved building three primary characters and designing the entire menu system. During both projects good attention to detail and accuracy were vital as were good communication and organisational skills.

Jun 1993Oct 1999

Graphic Designer



Sep 19891991


Suffolk College of Art
Sep 1987Jul 1989


Doncaster College of Art