Brief Summary

Hello! My name is Ross Nicolson and I come from the Highlands of Scotland. I always found that getting wrapped up in Art and Drawing, as well as being a good excuse to get out of the compulsory Haggis trapping expeditions during the cold Scottish Summers, was simply a great way to let my imagination run wild!

Suffice to say, it became a passion from a young age. In particular, I found myself intrigued by Sci-Fi (or "Life outside Scotland", as we often call it) and Fantasy (or "Life in Scotland but with Dragons"). And when I eventually learned that one of my other passions - Video Games - were not made just by Programmers but by Artists too....well I immediately started to rethink my career as a ski-lift attendant!

So after studying Computer Art at University and working for a number of Game Studios since 2005, I now find myself working as an Environment Artist on "Bullet Run" for Acony Games in Villingen, Germany.

When I'm not busy hiding my sensitive Scottish skin from that strange glowing Sky-orb and working on cool levels or making props, I enjoy getting out for walks, cycling, snowboarding, photography, and travelling.

Thank You for stopping by and hope you enjoy my work :)

PERSONAL DETAILS

NAME: Ross Nicolson
LOCATION: Villingen, Germany
HOMETOWN: Glencoe, Scotland
NATIONALITY: Scottish
D.O.B: 8th October 1977
CONTACT: ross@pasteyface.com
HOME PHONE: +49 (0)77218079819
MOBILE: +44 (0)7761057577

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MAIN SKILLSET

  1. Working at all stages of level development: research, planning, and concepting; level construction and prop placement; material creation; lighting and post-process implementation; optimisation and bug fixing.
  2. High and low poly modelling, digital sculpting, and texturing of modular assets, geomeshes, props, decals, and weapons
  3. Creating and generating normal maps, ambient occlusion, specular and height maps for use with real-time shaders.
  4. Organising assets and creating briefs for outsourcing.
  5. Converting game assets for use on other platforms.
  6. Working on a range of titles for PC, PS3, PS2, XBox 360, and Wii.
  7. Experience in working with a range of commercial and proprietary game engines and tools.

SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE

3D AND 2D APPLICATIONS

  1. Autodesk 3DS Max
  2. Autodesk Maya
  3. Autodesk Mudbox
  4. Adobe Photoshop
  5. Pixologic ZBrush
  6. World Machine
  7. Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash
  8. Autodesk Softimage - basic knowledge

GAME ENGINES AND TOOLS

  1. Unreal Engine 3 (Epic)
  2. ID-Tech 4 (ID Software)
  3. Gamebryo v1.2 (Emergent)
  4. Shader FX (Luminox)
  5. Hammer Editor (Valve) - basic knowledge

OTHER SOFTWARE

  1. Perforce
  2. SVN
  3. TestTrack Pro

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ACONY GAMES GmbH & Co. KG
Environment Artist

  Titles: BULLET RUN

SPLASH DAMAGE Ltd.
Contract Environment Artist

  Titles: BRINK

BROADSWORD INTERACTIVE Ltd.
Senior Graphic Artist

  Titles: THOMAS & FRIENDS Hero of the Rails
             DANCE PARTY POP/CLUB HITS
             POPSTAR GUITAR
             HIGHSCHOOL DREAMS

OUTERLIGHT Ltd.
Environment Artist

  Titles: THE SHIP 2

GENUINE GAMES Ltd.
Video Game Artist

  Titles: YOOSTAR - FASHION SALON
             GIRLZZ - LIFE'S A PARTY

HIDING BUFFALO Ltd.
Freelance Artist

  Titles: GUMSHOE ONLINE

DARE TO BE DIGITAL.
Lead Artist

  Titles: JUST ADD WATER

   

Sept 2010 - Feb 2013
 

  PC - 2012

March 2010 - Aug 2010
 

  PC, XBox360, PS3 - 2011

May 2008 - Sept 2009
 

  Wii - 2010
Wii, PS2 - 2009
Wii, PS2 - 2008
Wii, PS2 - cancelled

Dec 2007 - March 2008
 

  PC, XBox360 - rebranded

April 2005 - Dec 2006
 

  PC - 2006
PC - cancelled

Nov 2004 - March 2005
 

  2004

June 2004 - Aug 2004
 

  PC Demo - 2004


PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

PETER BALDWIN
Art Director at Acony Games GmbH & Co. KG
email: peter.baldwin2019@googlemail.com

DAVID BANNER
Lead Artist at Genuine Games Ltd.
email: dai@davidbanner.co.uk

GORDON ROSS
CEO Genuine Games Ltd.
email: gordon_d_ross@hotmail.com

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