Contact me:  kevinlikesdrawing@gmail.com

2015 – October 2017     Creative Director, AGS     www.playAGS.com

  • Responsible for managing a team of artists to create high quality games
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining the gold standard for the team and projects
  • Concept and pitch new slot game ideas
  • Create concept art for symbols, UI, and BG graphics
  • Create high quality production assets
  • Work closely with animators and effects artists to create & maintain brand cohesiveness
  • Troubleshoot game performance issues
  • Design cabinet lighting choreography for events during game play
  • Work with mechanical engineering team on new slot cabinet ideas
  • Develop and maintain new and existing business relationships with vendors
  • Selected projects:
  • Art directed multiple product lineup images used by the entire company for customer and investor presentations.
  • Games personally completed/contributed to: Savage Island; French Quarter 7’s; Birdy Bucks (unreleased); Dr. Cheddar’s Clone Machine (unreleased); Fizzy 7’s (unreleased); Hostess Brands game (unreleased)
  • Games released while Creative Director: Super 10x Wild Gambler; Colossal Diamonds (conversion and 4-screen cabinet variation); Colossal Stars; Lady Violet; Premiere Diamonds
  • Games made but unreleased while Creative Director: Green Vault (for High Rise Cabinet); Chamber of Fortune; Serengeti Pride; Silver Mint Gambler; Speed Streak; Jewel Boost; Midnight Masquerade, Big Star Jubilee

2014 – 2015     Lead Graphic Artist, AGS     www.playAGS.com

  • Create concept art for symbols, UI, and BG graphics
  • Create high quality production assets
  • Manage multiple projects and establish milestones for teams of artists
  • Created new corporate logo for AGS
  • Games completed/contributed to: Birdy Bucks (unreleased); Dr. Cheddar’s Clone Machine (unreleased); Fizzy 7’s (unreleased); French Quarter 7’s (unreleased); Sabretooth Island (unreleased); Hostess (unreleased)

2014 – 2014     Lead Game Designer, Colossal Gaming

  • Create concept art for symbols, UI, and BG graphics
  • Create high quality production assets
  • Manage multiple projects and establish milestones for teams of artists
  • Created new logo for AGS
  • Games completed/contributed to: Birdy Bucks (unreleased)

2013 – 2016       Art Director and Lead Concept Artist, Codex Worlds      www.codexworlds.com

  • As Art Director, responsible for managing a team of artists to create AAA level game assets
  • Managing employee tasks and establishing milestones
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining the gold standard for the team and project
  • As Lead Concept Artist, responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and illustrating characters and environments for Infinium Strike (+DLC) & BattleCursed.
  • Direct and storyboard cinematics for marketing and in-game content
  • Infinium Strike shipped in September 2016

2003 – 2014     Senior Faculty – Media Arts and Animation, The Art Institute of Las Vegas

  • Design and implement curriculum for a variety of classes and programs of study:
    • Drawing and Anatomy, Life Drawing, Adv. Life Drawing, Illustration I & II, Painting, Digital Painting, Character Design, Color Theory, Fundamentals of Design, Perspective Drawing, Sculpture, Rapid Visualization, and senior Portfolio Classes 
  • Responsible for creating and upholding quality standards and a culture of excellence for both current and graduating students
  • Worked with Admissions Department to create standards for admission portfolios
  • Chair, Display Case Committee 2004 – 2014
  • Chair, Gallery Committee 2005 – 2008
  • Awarded “Faculty of the Quarter” four times: Fall 2005, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, and Fall 2013
  • Awarded “Faculty of the Week” at least 8 times
  • Created and hosted “Wednesday Workshops” for 7 years, a weekly life drawing workshop for students, alumni, and industry professionals
  • Created and administered 12 “Sketchbook Battles” that were open to students and to the public. Also assembled juries of creative professionals to judge the winner.

2010-2012     Portrait Maintenance, Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction Las Vegas

  • Responsible for maintenance of the wax figures including painting the figures, sculpting wax replacement parts like ears and noses, repairing damaged wax and fiberglass parts, hair insertion, and general figure maintenance.

2001-Present     Owner of C612 Studio

  • Freelance illustration, portraits, murals, character design, storyboards, puppet- making and set design for stop motion animation, animation director, photography
  • Clients include Merlin Entertainment, Disney Stage, New Line Cinema, The Los Angeles Art Group, Cohencidence Productions

Education:

  • 2002    Bachelor of Fine Arts, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • 2010-Present Currently working part-time towards an MFA in Visual Development from The Academy of Art University of San Francisco  

Selected Projects:

  • 2012 - Video Demos for The Art Institute Online
    • Created 12 different 5-9 minute long videos for Ai Online life drawing classes. The topics covered various concepts and techniques of gesture drawing, ink/line techniques, chiaroscuro, toned paper techniques, as well as videos about the anatomy of the torso, the head/neck, and hands.
  • 2011 and 2012 -  Contributor for Dynamica Bullet Physics demo by Michael Baker
    • Contributed concepts and storyboards for Michael Baker’s lecture and demo on the Dynamica plugin for Maya. Shown at Siggraph 2011 and later as part of a physics talk at GDC 2012.
  • 2009 Don't Drink and Drive PSA
    • Director, producer, lead designer and fabricator for both sets and the characters for a stop-motion puppet animated short produced by The Art Institute of Las Vegas.  Awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2010 Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City, Nevada.

Selected Exhibition List:

2010    Faculty Group Show, The Front Door Gallery at The Art Institute of Las Vegas

2008    Faculty Group Show, The Front Door Gallery at The Art Institute of Las Vegas

2006    Shh, group show, Open Eye Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2006    Contemporary Arts Collective Juried Group Show, CAC Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2005    Juried Alumni Show, group show, Richard Tam Alumni Center Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2004    Calling All Whisperers, solo show, Bock Street Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2004    Contemporary Arts Collective Juried Group Show, CAC Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2002    National Drawing Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Hilo

2002    30X, Group show, Donna Beam Gallery, Las Vegas NV