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Daniel S. Rodrigues
Daniel S. Rodrigues
Senior 3D Character Artist
Montréal, Canada

Daniel is a passionate artist currently living in Montréal, Canada.

Senior 3D Character Artist with over 8 years of experience creating both highly stylized and high fidelity characters, and quite a bit in between. Daniel has worked on a wide range and types of projects, and highly engaged and collaborated across multiple disciplines and departments, in movies like Doctor Strange and King Arthur, to mobile games like Hero Hunters and Battlefield Mobile, to AAA console and PC games such as Luigi’s Mansion 3, Video Horror Society, Triad Wars, and a very exciting unannounced AAA game set in Unreal Engine 4.
Meanwhile, for about 8 years taught, mentored and supported students on-site and online in the art of Character Creation For Games, at Think Tank Training Centre, Think Tank Online and CGMA, as well as developing and recording full online courses on the same subject for both Think Tank Online and Artstation Learning/Dekogon.

Interested in working in close knit studios, that puts people first and create awesome games that we are proud of making.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

Skills

3D ModelingCharacter ModelingCreature ModelingLow-poly ModelingProp ModelingHigh-poly ModelingDigital SculptingSculptingTexturingappealCharacter DesignstylizedrealisticfaceSculpting for 3D PrintingAnatomy

Software proficiency

Maya
Maya
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
ZBrush
ZBrush
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
3DCoat
3DCoat
Mudbox
Mudbox
Photoshop
Photoshop
Mari
Mari
xNormal
xNormal
3ds max
3ds max
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer

Productions

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    • Video Game
      TBA
    • Year
      1960
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Unbroken Studios
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    • Mobile Game
      Hero Hunters
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Senior Artist
    • Company
      Hothead Games
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    • Mobile Game
      Battlefield Mobile
    • Year
      2022
    • Role
      Character Artist II
    • Company
      EA - Industrial Toys
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    • Video Game
      Video Horror Society
    • Year
      2022
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Hellbent Games
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    • Video Game
      Luigi's Mansion 3
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Next Level Games
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    • Video Game
      UFC 2
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Electronic Arts
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    • Video Game
      Triad Wars
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      United Front Games
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    • Movie
      Doctor Strange
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
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    • Movie
      Spider Man - Homecoming
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture artist
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
  • Ka
    • Movie
      Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
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    • Movie
      Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - Trailer: A Message from District 13 – Stand With Us
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
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    • Movie
      Avengers: Age of Ultron
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      3D Artist
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
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    • Movie
      The Fifth Wave
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver
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      Vacation
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Modeller/Texture
    • Company
      Method Studios Vancouver

Experience

  • Senior Character Artist at Unbroken Studios
    El Segundo (Remotely), United States of America
    May 2021 - April 2022

    Stylized and believable 3D Characters and Creatures modeling, sculpting, texturing and implementation in Unreal Engine 4, as well as outsourcing direction and reviews, on a unannounced AAA game, in a very exciting IP.

    - Worked closely with Character Director and Character/Creature Concept team to push visual quality, fidelity and stylization, from the 2D concept phase to the final 3D asset.

    - Creating high fidelity stylized yet believable characters and creatures in a known and established franchise.

    - Feedback and coordination of outsourcing team to maintain quality and hit visual targets.

    - Daily participation in the playtests, highly engaged in the gameplay discussions and feedback.

  • Senior Artist at Hothead Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    May 2020 - April 2021

    Concepting, modeling, sculpting and texturing of new characters, characters skins and weapons on the live mobile game, Hero Hunters.

    - Interpreting, expanding and executing 3D characters based on often loose 2D concepts.

    - Implementation on proprietary game engine.

    - Fast paced character production environment with tight deadlines.

    - Concept and execution of characters and character skins.

    - Together with Animation and Tech/VFX, we were independently running the full 3D character creation pipeline.

  • Character Artist II at Electronic Arts - Industrial Toys
    Pasadena, United States of America
    November 2018 - March 2020

    Character concepting, research and development for the new and upcoming Battlefield Mobile, being developed in Unreal Engine 4.

    - Setting the visual target/character style of the Battlefield franchise in a mobile game context.

    - Research, exploration and execution on where the characters should lie in the "stylization spectrum", pinpointing where exactly should they sit, exploring the in between cartoony and realistic characters.

    - Concepting and development of characters with distinct identities and cultures.

    - Research and development of strategies and workflows on how the characters can be customized, and what is important to have customization options.

    - Early R&D on rendering and lighting solutions with mobile constraints in Unreal Engine 4

    - Early R&D and collaboration with the tech department for materials/shaders solutions.

    - Active and frequent participation in playtesting and game balance/design discussions.

  • Instructor and Mentor at Think Tank Training Centre, and Think Tank Online
    North Vancouver, Canada
    November 2014 - April 2022


    On-site Mentoring students individually and as a group in their demo reel development - Character creation for Games, with modeling low meshes, sculpting, texturing and rendering.

    On-site Lecturing:

    - Game Character Creation: Taking students through the whole process of creating a game ready character. From interpreting the concept to implementing the final character in a real time software

    - Texturing in Photoshop (October/2015 - February/2015): Lecturing the photoshop basics as well as introducing the student to texturing assets and understanding the different maps used.

    Online:

    - Supervising students throughout their term, with weekly live sessions and recorded personal feedback on their weekly assignments

    - Developed and recorded classes for the Introduction to Character For Games course, where we walked through each step of the development of an game ready character.

  • Instructor at CGMA
    January 2022 - October 2022

    Instructor for 2 seasons of a "9-week course that guides students through the fundamentals of creating and sculpting a real-time character in 3D", giving personal feedback as well as hosting live demos and QandA's

  • Character Artist at Hellbent Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    December 2017 - November 2018

    Pre production and RnD for the game Video Horror Society, with main responsibility being research, development and implementation of high fidelity realistic 3D Characters and Monsters in Unreal Engine 4.

    - Research and development of the game's art style, setting visual target (differs from shipped art style).

    - Together with the team, developed a universal body to be used and morphed across all characters.

    - Collaborated on the research and implementation of character and creature creation Workflows and Pipeline

    - Research and testing of early lighting and rendering solutions in Unreal Engine 4.

    - Heavily collaborated on the building and hiring of the core art team.

    - Daily play tested the game and collaborated in gameplay and game design discussions.

  • Character Artist at Next Level Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    April 2017 - October 2017

    Worked as a Character Artist on Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, responsible for modeling, sculpting, texturing and implementing characters for in game, real time use, as well as in game cutscenes (proprietary game engine)

    - Worked closely with other departments to discuss and ensure the characters and creatures fit the art style and fulfilled technical requirements, such as game performance and animation needs.

    - Created wide range of facial expressions for multiple characters and creatures

    - Closely interpreted 2D concepts of Characters and Creatures into 3D models.

  • Modeller/Texture at Method Studios Vancouver
    Vancouver, Canada
    December 2015 - November 2016

    Modeling, sculpting and texturing of high quality props and environments, as well as digital doubles for several movie titles. Collaborating across tech and art departments.

    - Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (2017)

    - Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Character Artist at Eletronic Arts
    Burnaby, Canada
    August 2015 - November 2015

    Character modeling, sculpting and texturing for the game UFC 2.

    Had the pleasure of working on a wide range of realistic character heads of young and older Mike Tyson, Josh Barnnet and many others.

    - Creating realistic likeness of UFC fighters using photo reference.

    - Implementation of assets in proprietary game engine.

    - Ensuring new head assets worked with existing body assets seamlessly.

  • Modeller/Texture at Method Studios Vancouver
    Vancouver, Canada
    February 2015 - August 2015

    Modeling, sculpting and texturing of high quality props and environments, as well as digital doubles for several movie titles. Collaborating across tech and art departments.

    Titles: - Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

    - Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - Trailer: A Message from District 13 – Stand With Us

    - Vacation (2015)

    - The Fifth Wave (2016)

    - Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (2017)

  • Character Artist at United Front Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    November 2014 - December 2014

    Worked on the thugs of the main gangs of the next online game Triad Wars. Sculpted and textured the heads and tweaked pre existing bodies. Also worked on fixing weights and general technical trouble shooting.