Professional ​


​3D Art and Animation

3D modeling, animating, lighting, UV texture mapping, rendering, character rigging, and simulations (using Maya Bifröst: water, cloth, hair, and sand)

Professional Computer License
CompTIA A+, Computer Repair Field Technician

Certification #COMP001011005574, 12/15/09


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, (May 2021 Anticipated Graduation)

Masters of Fine Arts: Animation and Digital Arts

California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA, May 2015

Bachelors of Fine Arts, cum laude

Concentration in Entertainment Art and Animation




USC Visions and Voices: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Re-Animated

(Exhibit Scheduled for April 4, 2019)

3D Animation Effects Artist

Los Angeles, CA, August 2018 – Present

  • 3D animation and simulation of volcano eruption and destruction of Doheny Memorial Library; (animation to be implemented with projection mapping)

  • 3D model, sculpture and texture artist for the recreation of Frankenstein’s creature; (3D model to be implemented with motion capture and projection mapping)

Chine Boy Productions: Tales from the Tube - Animated Short Film

Lead 3D Animation Technician & Visual Effects Artist

San Diego, CA, April 2013 - July 2018

  • Collaborate with 2D & 3D artists, director, writer and producer regarding concept art, storyboards, production schedules and technical aspects related to a 3D / 2.5D animation production

  • 3D modeling, animation, rigging, and simulations (for water, particles, hair and clothing), using

  • Educate and demonstrate new technologies to increase team efficiency

  • Develop pipelines to implement effective production schedules

  • Develop and implement original 3D Assets (including objects, characters, dynamic simulations, and environments)

  • Create original dynamic animations of characters and environment

  • Troubleshoot and solve technical issues that arise

  • Recruit and evaluate new talent for production

  • Utilized software: Autodesk Maya, Adobe, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Pixologic ZBrush, Microsoft Office, Blogspot, Asana (project management web-based software)

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)

Los Angeles, CA

  • Administrative Aide: Curriculum Specialist, May 2017 – January 2019

  • Purchasing Aide, June 2016 – May 2017

  • Specially Funded Program Technician, November 2015 – June 2016

  • Office Assistant, May 2013 – November 2015

Johnny the Geek (John Phung), 2015

3D modeling & 3D printing: Johnny the Geek, character logo


Broken Bones (David Macias, lead guitarist and vocals of band Broken Bones), 2014

3D modeling album cover art, for CD album Salvation, by Rock Band Broken Bones

Chris Lisciandro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Street Sports Club (Chris Lisciandro), 2011

3D modeling & animating logo: Chris Lisciandro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Street Sports Club

Tattoo Illustration (Samuel M. Rodriguez), 2010

Tattoo illustration and design for independent film trailer: The Crown Beneath Her Feet, directed by Samuel M. Rodriguez


5 Talent Entertainment (Reyn Mercuri), 2010

Storyboard artist for independent T.V. series: The Replacement, by 5 Talent Entertainment

5 Talent Entertainment (Reyn Mercuri), 2005

3D modeling of angel wings for independent short film: Guardian’s Whisper, by 5 Talent Entertainment


  • Animation: 2D, 3D, & Stop Motion

  • Audio Editing

  • Color Grading

  • Desktop Publishing

  • Illustration and Design

  • Motion Capture

  • MAC Fluent

  • PC Fluent

  • PC Repair and Troubleshooting

  • 3D Printing

  • Projection Mapping (3D)

  • Storyboarding

  • Video Compositing

  • Video Editing & Production

  • Visual Development and Environment Design

  • Visual Effects

Software Expertise

  • Adobe:

    • Audition

    • After Effects

    • Dream Weaver

    • Flash

    • Fuse

    • Illustrator

    • InDesign

    • Lightroom

    • Media Encoder

    • Photoshop

    • Premiere Pro

  • Autodesk Maya

  • Autodesk Mudbox

  • Bifröst (Maya)

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Foundry: Nuke

  • Houdini

  • KeyShot

  • Mental Ray

  • MS Office:

    • Word

    • Excel

    • Power Point

    • Outlook

  • Pixologic Zbrush

  • Redshift

  • Solid Angle “Arnold”

  • Substance Painter

Gallery Exhibitions

Los Angeles Harbor College Art Gallery, 2017
Oil Painting “Lovers till the End”

California State University Fullerton: Surf’s Beat Generation, 2016
Team collaboration of 3D animated image stills for “Tales from the Tube”

Vincent Price Art Museum: Student Exhibition, 2012
Side view illustration of “Human Skull”

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