ABOUT ME

Please read below for areas that I a break down my  experience.

 

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

For the majority of my 15-year career in the games industry, I have specialized in 3D Hard Surface and Character modeling. I use modern techniques in Maya (19 Years) and 3DS Max (16 Years) utilizing crease sets with OpenSubdiv and Quad Chamfer. I have integrated CAD modeling workflows with programs such as Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks. I am also familiar with hard surface techniques in Zbrush & Mudbox and have a background with User Interface Design, Motion Graphics and Particle FX.

 

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Since August 2020 I have been a Senior Artist at Treyarch Activision working on the newest Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War game. Before taking on my current role, I was the the Studio Art Director at Rainbow studios a THQ Nordic game studio from October 2019 to August 2020 . My role included directing the studio art team across all disciplines in the art department on multiple current and future console/PC titles while providing guidance, training and constructive feedback. I also had the responsibility of organizing meetings and production schedules while staying adaptable and fluid to needs of the team and project changes. I was Co-Art Director for "MX vs ATV All Out 2020 Pro Motocross Edition", Art Director for "Monster Jam Steel Titans 2" and Co-Art Director for a currently undisclosed future title still in production.

Previous to my role as Art Director, I was a Lead Artist for the post ship DLC stage of Monster Jam Steel Titans. Before that I was Lead on all of the bike and rider models for "MX vs ATV ALL OUT" at Rainbow Studios to include DLC bikes. I defined the new Rider character model pipeline and I personally modeled 20 bikes and parts. I also oversaw and trained many of my coworkers while reviewing all assets produced by outsourcing teams for vehicles and riders.

GAME ENGINE EXPERIENCE

I currently work in a custom game engine that Treyarch and Activision use internally for the Call of Duty franchises.

I have been using Unreal Engine in a professional production environment since Feb 2015. Rainbow Studios released the following games developed in Unreal Engine 4, "Monster Jam Steel Titans 2" (2021), "Monster Jam Steel Titans" (2019) and "MX vs ATV ALL OUT" (2018). I also worked on 1 currently undisclosed game title which is being created in Unreal Engine 4 at Rainbow Studios that I was Co-Art Director for.

I have also worked on the old Rainbow Studios proprietary game engine for MX vs ATV Supercross Encore (2015) and MX vs ATV Supercross (2014).

While working at 2XL Games, I worked on their proprietary 2XL game engine. Those titles included console & PC games such as Baja Edge of Control HD (2008/2017), Jeremy McGrath's Offroad (2011), 2XL Supercross (2009) and a number of mobile iPhone and Android related games released from 2009 to 2014.

ENVIRONMENT EXPERIENCE

I have created environment assets, textures and set placements for MONSTER JAM STEEL TITANS 2, MONSTER JAM STEEL TITANS, MX vs ATV ALL OUT and the other games listed above. I am familiar with utilizing Marmoset Toolbag and Unreal Engine to preview and test the lighting and texturing for assets before they go into the levels. I helped create a streamlined lighting model to double check all assets with unified lighting for PBR accuracy before the assets were put into the game engine. I am also familiar with modular modeling workflows, trim sheets, weighted normals, set dressing and utilizing dynamic material layering with vertex color or a combo mask in Unreal Engine.  I have also taught a class on Environment modeling at the Art Institute of Phoenix.

CHARACTER MODELING EXPERIENCE

Many of the organic assets I have worked on involve character art. I modeled the current male and female riders in MX vs ATV ALL OUT. I first simulated the wrinkled uniform using a new technique in Marvelous Designer 5 and then finalized the folds and creases in Zbrush 4 R7 for the high poly model. From there, the game models were retopologized in Maya's Live Surface via Quadraw and textured in Substance Painter.

I also worked on character modeling for the following mobile games; Ricky Carmichael’s Motocross Matchup (2011) and 2XL Supercross (2009).

TEXTURING EXPERIENCE

I am proficient with 3D painting in Substance Painter and have been using that professionally and personally since its release in 2014.  I have been using Photoshop since 1997. Photoshop was the main painting package used in MX vs ATV ALL OUT. During game production, many of the artists on our team did not have working knowledge of Substance Painter yet.  To mitigate this, I was able to utilize a plugin called Expresso to assist in streamlining the source and intermediate process ensuring proper PBR workflows to the game Engine. I also developed training methods to ensure all artists were using Photoshop with a linear workflow for PBR. All color space needed to be at Grey Gamma 2.2 in order to not break the linear values of Roughness and Metal in a PBR Metal Rough workflow. I also try to stress a non destructive workflow in all texturing and modeling software. As the production pipeline moves forward  and more artists become familiar with Substance Painter, I have also setup special custom outputs to bypass Photoshop completely.

For Substance Designer I am also familiar with setting up special outputs for source "*.sbs" file adjustments and even Substances without a Source by recreating the "*.sbsar" with custom outputs via a new "*.sbs".  These kind of modifications allow for reduction of  texture sampling draw call amounts via an SFX/Combo map output instead of the traditional separate AO, Rough, Metal outputs. I will sometimes expose or create extra parameters  to use when adjusting a Substance if I feel it is lacking.

 

3D SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE

I have worked with 3DS Max since 2005 and Maya since 2003. Rainbow Studios and 2XL Games primarily used 3D Studio Max. Maya has become the main modeling program at Rainbow Studios the last three years. I am extremely skilled with both programs and have used both in MX vs ATV ALL OUT and previous games that I have worked on.

I am also experienced with Cinema 4D (6 Years) and am currently learning the new game development tools for Blender, Modo and Houdini in my free time. This includes  round edge shader workflows.

MY FUTURE GOALS

My future goal is to carry forward my enthusiasm for 3D Modeling and design in my employment choices. I welcome challenges that are out of the ordinary. My ambition is employment with companies that will inspire my imagination and creative drive. I never stop learning and I am always on the hunt for new knowledge and ways to improve my skills.

© 2020 by  Gregory A. McDonald