Nate is a passionate 3D Character Artist who recently joined Stoic. Here are some cool things about him.
Why did you choose to work in game development?
Well, I’ve always like drawing since I was kid, and once I got addicted to video games and learning 3d software the path was kinda set. Though my 1st job in the industry was in QA and is still the hardest job i ever had.
What part of your role do you enjoy the most?
Anytime I get to use Zbrush, sculpting is so damn relaxing. Also any time I get an asset in the game that works feels pretty good.
What inspires you?
Being inspired is one of the greatest feels for me in the world, but you can’t sit around waiting for it, just get on with it. We have work to do!
What is your favorite videogame genre?
FPS for sure and Tribes would be my favorite of all time. Tribes I love because of the movement. There hasn’t been a game since, that’s got anywhere near the thrill of that game’s movement system.
What moment or memory from a game do you have that has had the greatest impact on you?
Not sure I have any one moment, its more like the feeling of shooting some in the face in a PVP game is very gratifying!
What would you be doing if you couldn’t make video games for a living?
That is a scary question because I have no idea! I used to be a good Line cook!
If you could give some advice to someone who wants to work in this industry / do what you do, what would it be?
Back in the day I learned most of my 3d/concept art skills from forums. Today all the tools and knowledge of how to use them are freely available to everyone. My advice is to just make a game/mod, there are many free game engines / 3d programs you can play with. Making a game/mod is thousands of steps, each one will teach you something, you will fail a lot and get frustrated and that’s how you know it’s working!
If you had a superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
Mines pretty lame, flight would be my superpower and I wouldn’t do anything with it just fly around!
Any favorite YouTube channels you want to recommend?
MSamson Boat Co. This Guy is restoring a 1900s wooden boat. I personally have no interest in wood working or boat building but the problem solving that goes on is so f’n fascinating.
For relaxing I’d recommend Rambalac, he walks around Japan with a gyro stabilized camera with no voice over or music. Just hour long walks though interesting places in Japan.