Tools of the Trade

software proficiencies, experience, and usecases

3DS Max

Expert
90%

I have been using Max professionally for 17 years, and have instructed college courses, provided private tutoring, and regularly demonstrated for official AAUGA Chicago meetings

Render Engines

Expert
90%

My primary render engines are iray/mentalray, with a recent shift towards VRay. I aided in writing the book Mastering mental ray and regularly support testing NVidia’s iray solutions with their various workhorse cards


Photoshop

Expert
90%

Between post process work, photo restoration, conceptualizing ideas, and (Digitally) Hand-Painted art, photoshop is always found at the core of my work, with Lightroom to reinforce capabilities

ZBrush

Intermediate - Active Education
65%

Character and creature design for games and film is my focus, with interest in 3D printed figures for tabletop gaming and artistic applications


Unreal Engine 4

Intermediate - Active Education
50%

My focus has been VR application for Architecture, largely working with Revit and Solidworks files direct from architects to accurately represent their space. I also take time to experiment with small game development

Substance Suite

Intermediate - Active Education
50%

I’ve been utilizing Substance Designer, Painter, and B2M more and more in my workflow to create and employ higher fidelity texture assets. Training includes UV unwrapping methods and layout etiquette.


AutoCAD

Intermediate
50%

I have prior experience drafting, and use AutoCAD primarily as a bridge to bring architects’ documents into my own workflow

Revit

Intermediate
50%

I am certified in general operation, and use Revit primarily as a bridge to bring architects’ documents into my own workflow

Software Proficiency summary

Common Projects

  • Interior and Exterior 3D Renderings
  • Photoshop Mockups
  • Photo-Merged Renders
  • 360 degree Panoramic Renders
  • Virtual Reality Tours
  • Product Showcases
  • Photography and Site Surveys
  • Concept Illustration
  • Digital Painting

Hardware

  • Desktop
    • i7 6700K
    • NVidia GTX 1080
  • HTC Vive
  • Cintiq Companion 2
  • 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse Pro
  • Photography
    • Nikon D7000
    • Nikon FE [35mm]
    • Ricoh Diacord TLR
  • Additional Render Assets
    • NVidia Quadro 5000
    • NVidia Quadro 6000
    • NVidia GTX 780ti
    • Amazon EC2

Software Worth Mention

  • Marvelous Designer (intermediate experience)
  • Keyshot (beginner experience)
  • Hexels, MagicaVoxel (intermediate experience)

Education Wishlist

  • Autodesk Maya, with a focus on animation
  • Foundry Modo
  • Adobe Illusrator and¬†Indesign
  • Renderman, Arnold render engines
  • Marmoset Toolbag