I graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Art Studio: Digital Art in 2006, and worked for several years in the Photography industry, specializing in photo editing at various companies including the National Geographic Society. I have also work as a Freelance photo editor, photographer, and layout artist for a variety of clients from fine artists to wedding photographers. In 2011, I returned to school to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) at the Atlanta campus, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in Animation and a minor in Technical Direction. I currently keep a blog called Pixel of the Day.
Animation and Technical Direction
Shortly after I received my BA in Digital Art, I decided that what I was really passionate about and what drove me was animation and film. After some serious thought, I decided to return to school to major in Animation, which I had exposure to in my previous degree and was excited to explore. I found that I enjoyed the entire process of animation, but especially the technical art side, where the true beauty of an image can be sculpted in light, color, and texture.
As soon as I was able, I signed up for a minor in Technical Direction where I could explore lighting, shading, texturing, and compositing deeper than I had before. When 3D animation first inspired me with a little playing lamp, I wanted to explore and learn how to recreate objects and characters that looked visually complex and interesting using this new medium. For me, the true beauty of a CG film is found in the complex lighting, texturing, and shading, which is impossible in other mediums.