Bio

About PK

I’m PK, digital artist & animator, and owner of PK Game Art &  Illustration. I’m currently seeking a full-time position, having just returned from 1 year of traveling betwen New Zealand and Nepal. Prior to that, I was a Graphic Artist III at AGS in Austin, TX, making games for the casino floor.

I love what I do, and love learning new things – so I’ve got a healthy grab-bag of skills! You could call me a 2D generalist, with specialties in characters, environments, and 2D animation & FX. I can handle anything you toss at me.

I can quickly adapt to different art styles, and am a fast learner and a natural leader. I’ve worked on many published games for PC, mobile, and video slot markets, and regularly handle: graphic symbols, concept art, complex 2D animations, particle animations, UI, characters, parallax backgrounds, icons, logos, menus, vectors, props, vehicles, weapons, etc. You name it, and I’ve probably made it for a client.

I most recently lived in Austin, Texas where I worked at AGS as a Senior Game Artist for 3 years. AGS is a rising star in the gaming industry, and our small Austin team served as the tip of the spear for many of the company’s most important projects and initiatives. We were a very efficient team (by some accounts the most efficient in the industry), and I served as a source of raw enthusiasm, positive energy, and helped mentor newer team members, especially in regards to learning how to animate.

Prior to that, I lived in L.A., and Yangshuo, China for the first few years of my illustration career, and keep going back to the Far East for more. I happened to marry a girl from China, so that might be influencing me a bit. I love exploring new cultures and ways of being, and can speak Mandarin Chinese on an intermediate level.

I studied Illustration for 4 years at BYU, and completed the Advanced Digital Painting course at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

I’m a student of meditation, and I’m proficient in 2 of the 3  major schools of meditation techniques – Samatha and Vipassana. On my recent travels I studied Vipassana in the windy mountains of Udadumbara, Sri Lanka under the guidance of the Acharan; and in Lumbini, Nepal in the tradition of Sayadaw Mahasi at the Panditarama Meditation Center. Both were life-altering experiences.

When I’m not doing art, I spend my time meditating, working out, gaming, hiking, surfing, playing fetch with my dog, eating weird foreign foods, or writing.

Works for:, Pk Game Art & Illustration (Owner), previously at AGS (Senior Artist, 3 years)

Software: Photoshop, After Effects,  Illustrator, Zbrush, Unity

Experience:
3 years – Senior Artist/Animator at AGS
6 years – Concept Artist / 2D Game Artist
3 years – Graphic Artist / EFL Teacher-Trainer

Fav Artists: Dan Dos Santos, Jon Howe, Arthur Rackham, Grandpa

Education:
Adv. Digital Painting at Gnomon School of Visual Effects,
4 years of Illustration at BYU

Fav Games: Battlefield 1, Diablo 3, HalfLife 2, Mariokart, Starcraft II, Battle for Middle Earth, Warcraft 3, Super Smash Brothers

Platforms I play on: PC, Wii, Mobile

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