Artist | Student | Digital Art
I'm just your run-of-the-mill renaissance artist; Renaissance in the sense of I do a little bit of everything, not renaissance style.
I'm a Senior at Bradley University in Peoria majoring in Interactive Media - Game Design. I'm at quite an impasse as I reach graduation, where I have to make the decision between going into the industry right away, or pursuing Graduate school for my Masters.
My passion for video games stemmed from an early age, when my parents introduced my sister and I to some of the original/early game systems. I first started playing games on NES, Sega Master System, and even the Atari 2600 (which is still in working condition). I fell in love with these games and the became somewhat addicted. The love for games continued on through the nineties with PlayStation, Sega Genesis, and the good ol' Gameboy Color. These systems were played until they died—PlayStation's disc drive and Gameboy's d-pad—and the Genesis mysteriously disappeared.
After that I had my faithful stee— I mean, system, the PlayStation 2. I stuck with that system for an entire decade, until I finally upgraded to current-gen gaming with the XBox 360. From there, my passion was reignited with the amazing graphics and the fantastic gameplay. I was behind there curve by many years, but I've finally caught up.
College was interesting for me, because for an entire year, I couldn't pin down exactly what I wanted to do. Did I want to do Graphic Design and Advertising? Art Education? Web Design? After a heavy amount of thought, and a number of changed majors, I settled down in the Interactive Media field of Game Design. I realized that with Game Design, I can combine my passions for Art and Technology into one, perfect, future career.
I chose Environment Art over all other possible focuses, because I noticed myself paying far more attention to my surroundings in a game than the gameplay or any other elements pretty often. At this point, I am really interested in entering the period where the next generation of graphic are coming to fruition.