Summary

I was born and raised in Texas, a Army Veteran, multiple degree holder that includes a recent a Master of Fine Art in Art and Technology Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. I focused on everything from 3D Graphics, Graphic Design, and Special Effects.For hobbies I enjoy building and repairing computers, learning new things, and pretty much anything that requires knowledge, learning and moving forward.Easily put, I dabble in a bit of everything digital. I am currently living in McKinney, Texas.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2012 - Present

Gaming Graphics Designer

Baylor Health Care System

• Develop creative and unique content in print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various

  print and layout techniques.  • Develop layout & production design of communication and educational initiatives.  • Produce promotional displays, packaging, and marketing brochures for grant projects  • Develop material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia educational projects.  • Conduct audience needs analysis to accurately gauge education or communication intent and assess how best to portray the graphic design.  • Consider cognitive, cultural, physical, and social factors in planning and executing designs for the target audience.  • Gather relevant information by meeting with stakeholders and by performing individual research.  • Prepare sketches or layouts to illustrate initial vision for designs.  • Assist in creating graphs and charts to display program metrics for communication to executives and other stakeholders.

Mar 2011 - Apr 2012

Easy Tech - Computer Tech

Staples

• Achieved a 62.6% sales increase over previous year through strong customer relations, prompt turn-around time, and the development and implementation of effective sales and marketing initiatives.

• Demonstrated ability to analyze, evaluate, and resolve hardware and software conflicts

• Recorded sales leads into SalesForce

• Highly regarded for consistently achieving superior sales results through leadership, planning, and effective implementations

• Met and exceeded unit sales quota in first year of employment

• A highly dedicated professional with a track record for success and organizational loyalty in meeting month-to-month operational and

  sales objectives

Aug 2009 - Jan 2011

3D & FX Artist

UT Dallas Training Simulations Lab

• Actively contributed to a large training research project by creating realistic and life like 3D models and textures for the First

  Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT) sponsored by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

• Achieved stunning special effects for training and promotional presentation videos for further FPCT project

• FPCT special effects were recognized in a personal written letter from the battalion commander

Jun 2010 - Jan 2011

3D Artist

Game Circus

Constructed 2D graphics and 3D low-poly models and textures to be used in popular iPhone Games using Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Cookie Dozer

  • Original
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Coin Dozer

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Horse Frenzy

Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

Assistant Engineer

Greenscape Pump Services
  • Job responsibilities entailed created concept 3D environment images of water features for clients using Autodesk Maya, Nextlimit RealFlow, AutoCAD, and Adobe Photoshop. 
  • Updated existing  CAD files of water features using AutoCAD.
  • Assisting in the updating and creation of website content and design using Adobe Creative Suite 3.
Mar 2006 - Jul 2008

Production Designer

Kid Kraft Inc.

  • Creating 3D models of products using AutoCAD to create assembly instructions  in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Quality assurance and assembly of samples from factories overseas.
Jan 2005 - Mar 2006

FTTP Drafter

Cendera/Fujitsu contracted by Verizon

  • Job responsibilities entailed virtually placing cable, copper, FDHs, and terminals using Microstation J with ICGS/IDDS overlay for FTTP projects.
  • Created and updated DC Network infrastructural layouts.
Jul 2004 - Nov 2004

Computer Technician

Service Electronics Contracted by Gateway Computers / Emachines

  • Diagnosing and repairing incoming customer desktop and laptop computers.
  • Responsible for repairing and testing laptops and desktop computers for refurbished resale.
  • Fully constructing and testing personal and professional desktop and laptop computers from the ground up.
  • Maintaining and verifying the operational status of computer systems.
  • Inspecting and replacing cables, computer hardware, installing and debugging software.

Education

Education
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Bachelors of Arts

The University of Texas at Dallas

Art degree focusing on the various aspects and techniques in digital information and 3D content, creation, and design. 

Skills

Skills

Realflow

I have used Realflow for a few years now to animated water for large water features, and for fluid movement in 3D animated shorts.

Mental Ray

Computer Architect

Creation of custom desktop computers for personal and professional use.

Adobe Dreamweaver and Fireworks

Use of Dreamweaver and Fireworks for website creation.

Adobe Premiere

Use of Premiere for video compositing and editing.

Adobe After Effects

Use of After Effects for creation of special effects for movie graphics, and, compositing.

Houdini

Currently teaching myself Side Effects' Houdini software through Digital Tutors, focusing on special FX.

Adobe Illustrator

Use of Illustrator for creation of computer graphics, assembly instructions.

Adobe Photoshop

Use of Photoshop for textures, computer graphics, photo re-touching.

Autodesk AutoCAD

Use of AutoCAD for architectural, mechanical, and network engineering drafting.

Autodesk Maya

Use of Maya for 3D models, rigging, animation, dynamics

References

References

Todd Fechter

Steven Jansa

known since 2007

Friend, class mate and team mate on several animated school and personal projects.