Personal Details:
Name: Christopher Nichols
Location: Vancouver, BC a
Contact:
Email: porkpiesamurai@gmail.com
Mobile: 778-227-4712
Gallery : www.porkpiesamurai.com

Education

Certificate 4 of Art and design ( Bunbury regional Tafe)
2001
Certificate 4 of Graphic Design and Multimedia
Western Australian School of Art Design and Media (WASADM)
2002
Diploma of Graphic Design and Multimedia (WASADM)
2003
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and Multimedia (WASADM)
2004
Advanced Diploma of animation (WASADM)
( Worked on student film called ‘Crysalis’ as modeler/ texture artist for objects and environments).

Work History

March 09 –Nov 09
Hired full time as a Texture artist at CIS Vancouver On Clint Eastwoods film ‘Invictus’.
Responsible for texturing characters bodys and clothing to be used in the film . Was also asked to model new normal maps in Zbrush for all of the shirts of the characters.
During end of production I helped out another team with assets for 'The Last Airbender'
for a short time.

June08- March 09
Hired full time as a Modeler/ Texturer artist at Spin VFX. Worked on assets for the film Impact, tv show 'Psych' as well as worked on film pitches for ‘Battle L.A’, 'Revulsion' and 'The tigers apprentice' .

Nov 07- April 08
Hired full time at Bardel Entertainment ( Vancouver) on the tv show ‘Viva Pinata’ as a Prop Modeller. I Often helped out the Texturing Dept with Character and Prop textures.


2005 – 2006
TV:
Freelance Maya artist and Graphic designer which included full creation ( design, modelling, texturing, rigging, animation and lighting/rendering) of a goblin for the t.v show ‘The sleep over club’ for post production studio Whizz Digital.
Film:
Lead Character/ Environment Modeller / Texture artist for 5 months of production on the film Ironbird. Responsibilities included creating animatics with the supervision of the films director. Hero Character and Sets modelling, texturing and shader setup. Matte paintings to be integrated with live action plates and assisted Maya fluids, cloud and explosion setup for multiple scenes as well as Lighting setup.

Software Experience:
Maya Unlimited 5 years
Zbrush 5 years
Mudbox 18 months
Photoshop 12 years
After Effects 5 years
Currently getting some experience using Linux while at CIS

Awards:
3dtotal.com – 3d Total Excellence Award for ‘Rock Lizard’ November 07
3dtotal.com – 3d Total Excellence Award for ‘Pack Beast’ March 08
3dtotal.com – 3d Total Excellence Award for ‘ The Outlander’ May 08
CGarena.com- Cg Arena Excellence Award for ‘ Rock Lizard’ April 08

Other Distinctions:
Helped organise and presented Anomaly 2009, a Cgmovement event featuring
Artists from film and games in a one night event. Involvement included planning the
Evening, coming up with the look and theme of the event and designing any art used
In promotional material as well as the interior design for the show. Apart from the artistic
Side, I also sourced artists from Vancouver and California to present and give keynotes
And lastly I was the m.c on the night.

Interests:
Modelling /Texturing
Independent Film
Electronic music
Working with motivated people on challenging projects
Science Fiction and fantasyReferences Available upon request.

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