Jim Watson
Jim Watson
Senior Technical Artist at Bend Studio
Bend, United States

About

I am a driven Technical Artist who loves solving problems. My goal is to author tools and build pipelines that people, at the very least, find useful if not enjoy using.

Proficient with programs such as Houdini, Substance Designer, Substance Painter, Maya, Photoshop, nDo, Zbrush, xNormal, Unreal Development Kit 3, Unreal Engine 4/5, Knald, Marmoset, mental ray, V-ray, Unity, and Illustrator. I also have experience using Vex, Python, and a little C++.

Skills

Digital SculptingUV MappingDigital PaintingHard Surface ModelingLightingLow-poly ModelingMel ScriptingProp ModelingTexturingHigh-poly ModelingPython ScriptingTexture Baking3D ModelingEnvironment Modeling

Software proficiency

Houdini
Houdini
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
Python
Python
Maya
Maya
Substance 3D Designer
Substance 3D Designer
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Photoshop
Photoshop
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
NDO
NDO
Quixel Suite
Quixel Suite
ZBrush
ZBrush
SpeedTree
SpeedTree
World Machine
World Machine
Unity
Unity
mental ray
mental ray
V-Ray
V-Ray
Flash
Flash
Illustrator
Illustrator
InDesign
InDesign
Photoscan
Photoscan

Productions

  • Jedi
    • Video Game
      Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Technical Artist
    • Company
      Respawn Entertainment
  • Godofwar
    • Video Game
      God of War
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Environment/FX Artist
    • Company
      Sony Santa Monica

Experience

  • Senior Technical Artist at Bend Studio
    Bend, United States of America
    May 2022 - Present

  • Tech. Art Mentor at The Mentor Coalition
    September 2021 - Present

    Mentoring artists focusing on procedural workflow and tool generation using Houdini, Unreal and Python.

  • Senior Technical Artist at Tencent Games
    Orange County, CA, United States of America
    September 2020 - April 2022

  • Technical Artist at Respawn Entertainment
    Chatsworth, United States of America
    April 2018 - September 2020

  • FX Artist at Sony Santa Monica
    Los Angeles
    July 2017 - December 2017