To enter into the visual development side of production, exploring and solving design elements for feature animated films, television or streaming content, while working remotely as to be near my family.
Aardman Nathan Love
Character Modeler - Freelance
4/27/2021 - Various
Regeneron - Now Eye See Commercial
Explored the design of four character models in sculpted form for client approval for two commercial advertisements
Created the production models of these character meeting downstream department requirements
Sculpted displacement map wrinkles in the clothing for general use and for shot specific needs
Blue Sky Studios
Senior Character Modeler/Lead Character Modeler/Modeler
12/11/2006 - 10/13/2020
Horton Hears a Who!
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The Peanuts Movie
Ice Age: Collision Course
Spies in Disguise
Digital sculpting of character to meet artistic expectations of the Designer, Art Director and Director(s)
Modeling of the production asset of characters to work well with all downstream departments
Early exploration of poses and expressions in 3D to test out the design and allow early problem solving.
Heavy interpretation of unique artistic styles into three dimensional form
Soft and hard surface modeling on props and sets
Lead Character Modeler on the second half of production in The Peanuts Movie, meeting and working with Rigging, Animation, Fur and Materials to provide updates and new assets needed to production while maintaining the artist look needed to remain faithful to the classic designs of Charles M. Schulz
Leading set modeling with teams of modeler; managing assets, assigning roles, and adjusting to schedules
Worked with a team to develop a "universal mesh" for humanoid characters to streamline the production process. Allowing the reuse of topology and UVs, and a quick rig install and transfer. Many departmental standards were built in, saving the studio time and the artist repetitive technical issues that were previously solved uniquely on each character.
Communicated with artists, leads, supervisors and managers to keep production flowing smoothly with all aspects involved and effected by the models I was making
Instructor - Advanced Modeling
4 quarters at various times
Instructed student on how to digitally sculpt and pose a stylized character, matching the artists design, in Zbrush while giving feedback as they could expect in a production setting.
1/3/2005 - 11/14/2006
Glueworks was a small studio where I was the fourth artist hired in and we created 45 minutes of content every 6 months for direct to dvd content. My primary role was as the modeler of the series, but also had to help out with materials, lighting, design, rendering and compositing.
Clip Studio Paint