Bruce Evans

www.brucein3d.com | brucein3d@gmail.com | 424-362-7186

Level Design | Environment Art

Los Angeles, CA

Passionate level designer and environment artist with over 9 years of production and international experience working to make some of the best gaming experiences imaginable. My own work is a mix of art, game design, and academic research contributing as a level designer, 3D modeler, programmer, and texture artist.

EXPERIENCE

Blizzard Entertainment - Production Show Technician, February 2020 - Present

  • Write custom Python scripts to speed up workflows including batch texture migration, pipeline checks, and merging texture sets in Autodesk Maya.
  • Diagnose and solve animation pipeline problems ranging from rig issues to shading for Overwatch 2 and World of Warcraft.
  • Cache, ingest, and update animation for proprietary game engines.
  • Send captures to the render farm, monitor captures, and check for errors.

Pixologic - Designer and Plugin Developer, April 2019 - February 2020

  • Create a diagnostic tool to assist the support team in troubleshooting users issues.
  • Design and develop sculpting tools and plug-ins for future releases of ZBrush written in C++ using proprietary SDK's.
  • Sculpt high poly meshes, retopologize, and test new features in ZBrush.
  • Work with teams of developers and designers to create unique, artist-focused approaches to software, UI, and interaction.

Ohio State University - Graduate Research Assistant, August 2016 - April 2019

  • Published "The Message in the Mechanics", game design research thesis.
  • Invited to show Escape from the Glass Factory at the UCLA Game Art Festival where the game was played by over 200 people.
  • Organized the 2018 Global Game Jam ACCAD location with over 40 students in attendance resulting in 5 playable games.
  • Scripted a procedural UI system and model viewer for Canine Anatomy, an iPad app made in partnership with the OSU Veterinary School.

Sendai Board of Education - Assistant Language Teacher, September 2014 - August 2016

  • Prepared and taught English lessons for eleven Japanese classes as a participant in the JET Program (Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program).
  • Managed classrooms of approximately 40 non-native English speaking students.
  • Volunteered as an English teacher at the Nagamachi Children’s Club in Sendai, Japan.


ASCD - Associate Producer and Video Editor, March 2012 - August 2014

  • Worked with teams of designers and producers to create video and graphics concepts for feature documentaries.
  • Routinely solve creative problems and complete digital products under strict deadlines.
  • Operate camera, setup lighting, and record audio for over fifty productions.

SKILLS

Game Design / Level Design / Environment Art & Design / Shaders

Unreal / Unity / Radiant / Blender / Maya / Substance Designer & Painter / ZBrush / Marmoset Toolbag / Photoshop / After Effects

Python / C# / C++ / Node Based Shaders / PyQt / Javascript

EDUCATION

Ohio State University - M.F.A. Design, May 2019
Ohio University - B.S. Communications, May 2011

PUBLICATIONS

The Message in the Mechanics: Designing Game Mechanics that Reflect a Character's Mental State

©2020 Bruce Evans

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