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Week 3 Update of MCR – Time to Start the Final


Week 3 of MCR was a pretty fun one! We got to be the Guinea Pigs for ZBrush. I was more than happy to get to ZBrush, as I have been playing around with it on my own getting myself familiar with the software, that way when it came to this day, I would be ready. Thank God I did, because they sure do not go slow in this class. We learned how to Make a basic pillow shape in Maya, transfer it over to ZBrush, Sculpt in some very high details, then bring it back over to Maya. Once back in Maya, we learned how to create a BumpMap of the high detail geometry and place it onto the low res geometry. It is a trick of the trade for items that need to look great but need to be low res Poly count.

Also I am very happy to tell you that I have received 100% A+’s on all three weeks of assignments. Also by getting them turned in on the “Soft Deadline” I get some extra credit points towards my final project. I hope I won’t need it, but I am proud of myself for getting things done ahead of the actual due date.

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I have already started working on my final and will be very excited to post next week when I am done and show you. For now, this is what you will see come next week, but fully modeled in Maya.


Yes… Every single piece in this scene, I will have modeled in full glorious detail. My goal is to get this up on the wall!
Wish me Luck!

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2014 Starts off AMAZING!! ARTII Ends MCR Begins

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Well, It has been a little bit since I have updated you. Art II was a BEAST of a class. Art I was a Beast as well, just in a different way. Art II was a lot more detailed work, plus we had to cram a 4 week class into 3 weeks due to the holidays. I did get an A so I am still rocking the straight A’s!! WOOHOO!!

I am so honored to have one of my pieces on the wall!

In Art I, I had 4 of my pieces of art chosen to be featured on the walls of the art building. This was a HUGE honor for me because I remember walking around Full Sail on my Behind the Scenes Tour and seeing the art work on the walls and being amazed and intimidated at the same time. I remember wondering if I had the talent to ever be as good as the other students who got their work featured. In 6 short months, I DID IT! During Art II, I walked in one day and this is what I saw. Hopefully my other pieces will show up soon.


Gladiator Robot Snow Man

My final piece for Art II was we had to design a character from scratch based on “Winter Themed” We had to draw a charter sheet to help figure out all the details of what your final charter will look like when we sculpt them. After that the sculpting began. It was a very fun yet challenging assignment. I was even not happy with how he was turning out in the beginning, but I kept pushing forward and making changes. After a few days he really started looking pretty cool. We used Sculpy, which is awesome because we could cook it right in the oven and was much easier to work with over ceramic clay. After baking him, we could paint our character for some extra credit, so of course I started laying down some paint. I felt the paint job is what pushed my piece over the edge and I was honored again, he was chosen to be put into the halls of the art building. I can not believe that so much of my art has been chosen to be shown off to everyone who walks the halls. I know there will be someone looking at my art work when they are on their Behind the Scenes Tour and I hope it will inspire them just as I was.

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I had a GREAT Christmas and a Happy New year. But I just had to share what I got for Christmas!

Art Supplies

My first day of MCR Model Creation was AWESOME! I am excited to get back on the computer and working with Maya. We will be doing some amazing looking things from what I have seen from some of my friends who have taken this class already. I am so excited to get started and will be trying to make sure I update you with everything I will be working on. The cool part from day one was the Lab… This class room was so amazing I remember it from my Behind the Scenes Tour because we have Dual Screen Macs to work on. It feels so professional and feels like I have a job in the industry already.

Glad to see my friends too!




I’m like butter…. I’m on a Roll ! !

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Got my final grades for Art History, yep you guessed it, another A+! I really enjoyed this class and this was an example of wishing we had a little more time to focus on learning about the past great artists. It felt like we were a shell skipping across the water just barely scratching the surface. Each skip representing a different time period of art. I defiantly plan on doing my own research and continuing to go to museums and get inspiration from other artists. Other then the 77% I got in this class I am very happy with my grades and still proud of myself for rocking that 4.0 GPA!



FINALLY got my Wacom Intuos Pro Digital Sketch Pad


I am very excited that I finally got to pick up my Wacom Tablet and my first art book for my art classes. This thing is AWESOME and is going to make me a much better artist. I was going crazy last month watching all the “Full-Time” students getting theirs and bringing them to class while I had to sit and just droll at them. I can not wait to start posting my art that I create with it.


Art History Update, Field Trip, Finally working with PhotoShop!



Art History has been a very fun class so far. We have crammed 35,000 years of art into 4 weeks! I know sounds it impossible and it really is, but I have loved every day of class. We get to look at all different forms of art that are considered very important from Prehistoric to modern art. Some I completely enjoy and some I look at and say “WHY?” We started off with Prehistoric cave drawings and my teacher recommended this really cool Documentary on Netflix called Cave of Forgotten Dreams which is this awesome movie about these French explorers that found the oldest known artwork in history and they found it in 1995 in the south of France. Worth watching as it is very interesting. We then moved through the ages stopping at the Egyptian, Mediaeval, Renaissance, and Bourque time periods. All these time periods had some very interesting works. It’s not until we get into the modern art time period when I start to question what “art” really is. for example:



Marcel Duchamp “Fountain”

This is considered “Art” and is displayed in many different museums. So basically this artist in 1917 decided to be avant-garde or just a Smart-A$$ (not sure which) and submitted this Urinal to the Society of Independent Artists but was rejected, yet this piece has since become considered a work of art. All he did was sign his name to it, so if you are looking at it, like I did, wondering where the “Art” aspect of it is, stop looking!

Then we did get to my favorite artist…

Salvador Dalí


Growing up in St. Petersburg, FL my whole life I was blessed to have the Salvador Dalí Museum right in downtown St. Pete and have visited many times. He was a Surrealist painter who had such a crazy yet amazing mind. Every time I do research on him I learn something new about him or find a piece he did that I hadn’t seen before. Nothing beats going to his museum in person and seeing his most famous pieces right in front of you. I could spend hours there staring at each piece and finding something new each time to study.

These are just a few of his pieces that I find interesting.

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We did get to do a field trip this month in Art History class. We got to go to the Orlando Museum of Art


I had a great time here and we even got to do a scavenger hunt for the museum. They gave us a sheet with clues on it and we had to find 14 different art pieces based on the clues and write down the name of the piece and the artist. I enjoyed seeing all different genres of art that was on display but we had to pick out our favorite and write a paper about the artist. I had a strong liking to a Japanese artist named Honda Syoryu who does basket weaving art. I know that sounds a little boring, but take a look at these. Very amazing!

One of the best parts of the Art History class is we have finally gotten into using our PhotoShop and making some art. Now I understand most people haven’t used PhotoShop, but I have been self-taught so I was a little past most of the students in class and they had to have us do very simple projects to get used to it. I spent most of my time just helping the students seated around me making sure they knew where things were and were on the same page as everyone else. The first was our cave painting. We had to simulate a cave painting using PhotoShop to give the impression of it being a painting that was found and here is mine.


I choose to draw a Rhino for many different reasons. One as you may or may not know the Rhino is one of my favorite animals. Second I was surprised to find out that the prehistoric man drew rhinos in the caves in southern France. So this was my simple Rhino cave drawing I did.

Then we got to do a Tiled Mosaic painting from an image we found online. You guessed it… I did a Rhino again!



So I know this has been a lot and I will try to keep you updated on a more regular basis so there isn’t a ton of stuff to tell you, but things get pretty crazy around Full Sail. I am already looking forward to my next class 3D Fundamentals of Art 1 which I really hope is when I get my Wacom Tablet for drawing. Thanks for reading about my past few weeks.


Amazing event @FullSail with Barry Hawkins from Riot Games!

blog_header01First off, I have to say this was the largest event I have attended to date at Full Sail.
They were lined out the door almost 200 strong to see Barry Hawkins!

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With that said, I knew this was going to be a great event to attend. Barry was one of the most articulate speakers I have seen come through Full Sail’s doors, since I have started. He brought the business side of the video game world in his speech that he prepared. It was nice to hear about the nitty-gritty business side of the video game world and not just the glitz and glamour that a lot only speak about. Coming from my business background, I could tell a lot of stuff he was speaking about might have been going over some of these kids heads, but I was soaking it all in like a dried out sponge. He spoke a lot about how a video game studios, like Riot Games, operates and their structure. My favorite part was the Riot Games Manifesto;
1. Player Experience First 2. Challenge Convention 3. Focus on Talent and Team
4. Take Play Seriously 5. Stay Hungry, Stay Humble
It is nice to know some companies still worry about the user’s experience before profits. I hope to work for a company that is like this when I graduate.

Yet again, I am blown away by how much my school works to get these amazing people, in our industry, down to speak with us. These guys take time out of their schedules to come down to give us n00bs a fresh and honest perspective of what we can expect when we graduate. BIG thanks also goes to Rob Coble for putting these events together. I get the feeling that he is the main reason most of these people come on down to Full Sail.

I am so glad I choose Full Sail as my college, because I KNOW there is no way I would have had this much networking opportunities at any other school.



English Comp – Final Project – “One door closes… And another one opens” Comic Strip

Tell Me What You Think

I am finally finished with my final project in English Composition class and my assignment was to take my Personal Narrative Project and turn it into a comic strip. I made this from scratch on my computer and worked very hard on it for most of the month. Please give me your best critique. Please read the Personal Narrative after you read the comic to see if I got the core of the story into my comic. I have until midnight September 1st to turn it in. So, if you see something that should be changed, Please feel free to let me know. I greatly appreciate you taking a look! Oh, and wish me luck for an A+ on it.

Please click on the comic and view it in full size for best reading.

One door closes… And another one opens


Telling my True, Inspirational story of how I started at Full Sail.

One door closes… another one opens.


When I graduated from high school, my biggest dream was to go to college to become an artist. I knew this at an extremely early age and any time someone questioned me about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always quickly replied, “an artist”. Unfortunately coming from a single parent home, my mother couldn’t afford to put me through college, as she was doing her very best just to keep food on the table. After graduation I applied for some grants, but sadly I was turned down. Naively, it was felt that we made too much money and therefore could afford to do it on our own. I was forced to put the possibility of college on the back shelf. I hoped, maybe one day down the road, I would be able to revisit the idea of college. As the years flew by, the demands of every day living pushed that dream further back on the shelf. I stumbled into sales, and was very good at it. I enjoyed what I did so much that I thought that I had found my life long career.

Not many months ago, I was fresh out of a horrible relationship, down on myself because I had to move back home to my mother’s house in Casselberry. No man of my age would feel comfortable in this situation. Feeling like I had no direction in life as a lot of things were failing around me, I found I was at a crossroads and wasn’t even sure what direction to take.

One pivotal morning, as the rain poured down outside, I awoke with the intention of simply trying to find something to put a smile on my face. I should have known this day was going to be different, as rainy days are always a sign that something great is going to happen in my life, some things are just greater than others. I started doing my normal routine of checking the Internet, beginning with my favorite social media sites. I started up the XBOX 360 to check things out there as well. One of my favorite things to do is watch YouTube videos from my XBOX; it always puts a smile on my face. I originally opened the app in hopes of finding a humorous cat video or something funny to start my day with a positive vibe. I didn’t realize this was going to change my life.

Now I have always been into video games for as long as I can remember, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Nintendo, Sega Saturn, just to name a few from my past. I also always though, it would be amazing to be able to use my art skills in these video games that I played so often. At my age and lack of formal training, I never thought that would ever be a possibility. Not for lack of confidence in myself as I feel I am a very confident person. I felt that getting into a career such as this so late in life was nearly impossible, or so I thought.

It was the very first trending video for that day entitled, “What most schools don’t teach”. I randomly clicked on it only because of the faces of famous people that inspire me. The speakers grabbed me right from the start and held on tight all the way through. It starts off with the amazing quote by one of my favorite inspirational people, Steve Jobs. “Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… Because it teaches you how to think.” Other highly successful people were also in this video, such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and from the Black Eyed Peas. Next thing I knew, I felt like these people were speaking directly to me. They were revealing to me how they got started in their fields, not so much with the intention of creating something that a billion people would use every day rather they were excited to learn how to make a computer do simple things, like say their name or make a square or a circle in a certain color. This video inspired me to have the courage to take the first steps toward making my hopes of being an artist a reality. The dream that had been shelved so many years ago was like an old stale box of cereal in the back of the pantry.

As I watched this video, I felt this small, extremely dim light, in the depths of my mind slowly begin to burn brighter. Five minutes and forty-four seconds later, once the video ended, the flame was ablaze and I knew I had to follow that long lost dream of mine. I felt like the creator of Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, Valve, Dropbox, and even the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas commanded me to get up off my butt and get out there and get to that dream I forgotten twenty years ago.

My very next thought was the realization that Full Sail University was only ten minutes up the road from my mother’s house. I knew they had video game classes, and being a fan of video games for so many years I had seen a plethora of advertisements for Full Sail. My next action was to look them up on my laptop and within seconds I started browsing the website. With the excitement of a little kid on Christmas, I was clicking away on the different courses they offered. Of course after a few clicks, they wanted my phone number, address, name, and all my info so they could send me some information on this wonderful school and programs. I thought to myself, “I am sure I will get some pamphlets in the mail in a week or two and perhaps in the distant future I can learn more about this school”. So I typed in my personal information and clicked enter. I felt accomplished; I was on my way to become an artist. Without knowing what would happen next, within 12 seconds of striking the enter button, my phone rings. I thought to myself, “There is no way they can be calling so soon”. I stared at my phone with a look of confusion, it was a (407) number and I didn’t know anyone who would be brave enough to call me at this hour in the morning. I answered with a cautious voice, “Hello?” Sure enough, it was my future calling.


Here is the video that inspired me so much!

I got to meet Elbert Perez tonight at Full Sail University




Today Elbert Perez who works for Microsoft and is also an Indie Game designer at joined us at Full Sail as a guest speaker. He had a lot of great information to share with us about getting into the gaming industry. He is a well-respected alumni of Full Sail who graduated in 2005 and has had an illustrious career in the gaming industry. As an Indie Game creator who has over 2 million game downloads under his belt, he had a lot to speak about in the Indie Game industry. He shared with us his experiences of getting his games published and the pros and cons of the different methods. The thing that always sticks out when these greats of the industry come in and speak is, NETWORKING! I have yet to hear one person who is in the industry say they just filled out an application and they got the job. Every person has said they got to where they are due to who they knew prior to the job. So, I will continue to network and hopefully in 3 years I will have a great Rolodex of some of the most amazing people in the industry.


The thing I love the most about these guest speakers and Q&A sessions that Full Sail hosts, is that we get to see the direct results of our efforts in action. Most of the speakers I have seen have been Full Sail alumni or they got their degree in something similar. It really inspires me to see these people come and give back to Full Sail, not just for the love of the school, but for the love of the students who are in the very seats they sat in just a few years ago. It shows us that we CAN do it, and we CAN be just like them and in hopefully a few years after graduating we can be a guest speaker that the new students of the future will want to come see.

Thanks to Elbert Perez and Rob Coble for doing this for us!


I love Full Sail University!



Even when I am not at school, I am excited for my next class! Just sitting here wishing I could be at the Behind The Scenes Tour going on right now for all the new students. I remember my behind the scenes tour just a few short months ago and how amazing it was. Now I am making it happen!


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