ISSUE # 137


Academy of Art University - San Francisco


Masters of Fine Art (MFA)

Animation & Visual Effects (Empasis 3D Modeling)

Art Institute of California - Los Angeles 2009-2012

Bachelor of Science, Media Arts & Animation

Gnomon School of Visual Effects 2007-2009

Work Experience

3D Modeler - Black Box April 2014

LOOK Effects

Modeled various hero elements for the ABC TV Series Black Box


3D Modeler - TURN March 2014

LOOK Effects

Modeled non hero & environment elements for the AMC Original

TV Series TURN


3D Modeler - "The Selling Machine" La Quinta February 2014

LOOK Effects

Modeled hero robot arms & body elements for La Quinta commercial


3D Modeler - NOAH October - December 2013

LOOK Effects

Modeled non hero & environment elements for feature film NOAH


CG Generalist - Bones September 2013

LOOK Effects

-Matchmoved shots for the episodic FOX TV Series BONES Season 9

-Matched 3d elements to live plates


CG Generalist - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty August 2013

LOOK Effects

Rotoscoped hero shots for the feature film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Software Experience

3d Applications

Autodesk Maya

Pixologic ZBrush

Arnold for Maya

VRay for Maya


Ocatne Render



Substance Painter


Quixel Suite

Marmoset Toolbag

Marvelous Designer


City Engine

World Machine











2d Applications

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe AfterEffects

Adobe Acrobat Pro

Adobe Muse

Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Edge Reflow

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Power Point



Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Graduate Best Portfolio

Media Arts & Animation - 2012


Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Best of Quarter

Outstanding Portfolio Review - 2010

Background Design & Layout - 2011

Storyboarding - 2011

Animation - 2011


Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Honor Roll




United States Navy

Letter of Commendation  - June 2007

For outstanding Design of Official US Naval Website


United States Navy

Junior Sailor of the Month - May 2007

For outstanding work ethic and dedication to duty


Author, September 2016- Present

Future Publishing Australia

As an author of Future Publishing, I write step-by-step tutorials for 3D World Magazine to get readers up and running with their skills in various industry standard software applications in the film, gaming, and commercial industries.

Author, February 2016- Present


As an author for Pluralsight, the largest online CG tutorial website on the planet, I create compelling tutorials in a multitude of 3D topics.

Adjunct Professor,  October 2015-Present

The Art Institute of California Hollywood

At the Art Institute of California North Hollywood, I teach Advanced Hard Surface Modeling, and all of the portfolio classes that prepare students to enter the film, games and commercial industries. I also conduct quarterly workshops in Advanced Lighting and Rendering in Mental Ray, Advanced Hard Surface Modeling with Maya and ZBrush, Character Modeling with Maya and ZBrush, and High resolution Environment Modeling. My position determines whether a 3rd year student is ready to enter these industries and is prepared to be successful in securing employment.

Designer, June 2013 – June 2014

LOOK Effects

-Independently re-structured LOOK Effects' entire marketing strategy including but not limited to the redesigning of the LOOK Effects website, digital media, all marketing material, all printed material, new digital email campaigns, new digital email newsletters, corporate identification standards, power point  presentation designs, and anything that LOOK Effects uses to be viewed by the public

-Created a new style guide for LOOK Effects branding and enforce authority on logo and how it is viewed by the public

Media Specialist

United States Navy, Aug 2003 – July 2007

-Designed and Deployed 2007 revision of the Official Naval website for the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

-Designed various marketing material for promotions and special events

-Combat photographer

Graphic Designer

Top Cow Productions Inc., Jan 1999 - June 2003

-Designed a number of magazines and comics cover to cover

-Designed logos, inside front covers and advertisement pages

-Prepared various designs for printing

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