Technical art is a wide-ranging and vaguely-defined discipline. It can include tasks such as shader programming, tools programming, character rigging, and production pipeline development, to name but a few.
This site is intended to be not only a portfolio for myself but also a space for talking about technical art. If I work on anything that may be of general interest for others, I will post it here with complete transparency. I am not interested in just showing off what I am doing, but in sharing everything as much as possible from start to finish. I hope that this invites questions, comments, criticisms, and ultimately a better state of the art for everyone.
Professional Background: I have been working in video games since 2004, primarily as a technical artist and programmer. In addition to PS3 and XBox 360 games, I have worked on a variety of games for the web and iPhone, as well as taught classes on related subjects. Finally, I helped write a book on Python programming for Autodesk Maya. You can find out more about some of the projects on which I have worked throughout the various sections of my site.
In addition to working on indie games, I formed a new start-up, Candlelight Interactive, in the Madison, Wisconsin area in 2009. My focus moving forward is on developing web-based games to improve science literacy practices and to conduct research in education technology and science education.
Personal Info: I have a BA in Game Art and Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix, as well as a BA in German, a BA in Political Science, and an honors certificate in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Arizona State University.
In addition to my work, I am pursuing a PhD in Digital Media & Literacy and Quantitative Methods under Kurt Squire, and am a University Graduate Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow. My research interests concern game design for inquiry learning and social knowledge construction, as well as epistemology development and transformation during gameplay.
I am married and vegetarian, and I enjoy reading, miniature painting, and mountain unicycling.
Contact: To contact me, you can either leave comments on the site or email me.