Had you always wanted a career in the industry?
After a foundation art course and later a degree in graphic communication, I got a graphic design job at a leading design consultants. It paid the rent but I wanted to apply my art skills to modelling and texturing in CG.
How did you find out about Escape and what was it like?
I looked for a course that taught 3D Max or Maya. I found Escape on the internet and after seeing the 12 week Maya course, I knew it was right for me.
I'd learnt good skills that could transfer to 3D so I only needed a fast way to learn the fundamentals of a 3D package. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made!
What happened after the course?
Initially I freelanced in graphic design while refining my showreel. The Escape showreel clinics meant I had a decent reel to send out in a few months. I started applying to the studios I wanted to work for and the response towards Escapees was encouraging.
Then Escape got in touch and said that Rare were looking for a character artist. I sent my work out and within a week I'd been invited for interview. After a second interview I was told that I'd got the job. I'll never forget how I felt that day!
What are you doing now?
My team have been working on an epic title, though I can't say too much. My role as a senior character artist is a truly inspiring responsibility, and having the very best talent in the industry around me is very comforting.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Students must be open to criticism. The tutors at Escape know exactly how to present your work to an employer and create examples of your work to stand out amongst the competition.
Be patient and always ask questions to tutors or fellow students. The tutors were more than happy to answer my questions outside of course hours too.
Lastly, whatever you do don’t give up! If you’ve got the passion and talent something will eventually come your way for sure.