Looking for a padawan, LensFest & live streaming

General / 17 November 2018

I'm a little late to this months blog post but here I am. Things at SVRF are picking up in exciting ways. To the point where I'm looking for an artist to work with me to help create immersive content tailored around memes, pop culture, brands, and even work with artists like Imagine Dragons. We recently helped them launch their new album Origins with an augmented reality experience which I'm really proud of. 

If want to learn more around the role, read the job description here.

Snapchat Lens Fest Conference

It was an honor being invited to my hometown Los Angeles to be a part of Snapchat's first creator conference "LensFest". As one of their top Official Lens Creators (OLC) it was great to share how SVRF works with brands and celebrities like Nicki Minaj to create immersive experiences. Overall it was great meeting their team, other OLC's and enjoy the west coast weather. I also won an award for the most technical project during their hackathon too! They've going to send us a ghostly trophy but during the interim they handed me a pair of their new Spectacles. I actually love them. I have been using to block the harsh sun and taking videos to share online.

Live Streaming on Twitch

I'll start streaming consistently each week in the new year but I've kinda already started sporadically on Sundays. I want to both play games with you all, make music as I've started relearning guitar but also create content too.  My first project will be to start figuring out my style for a slice of life web comic. Something I've always wanted to do.

Follow me on Twitch to know when I'm streaming and subscribe to my Patreon to get the web comic before other and support me. =)

Keeping busy and finding new hobbies

General / 01 October 2018

I started a new gig about a month ago? Wow, time flies when you enjoy what you're doing. I've been pretty busy and I know you haven't seen many creative updates from me. During this time I've been setting up a technical creative pipeline, learning new things about immersive 3D content, training folks about my learnings, and a bunch of other cool things. I'm really excited about what we're working on. 

I did want to share an example Augmented Reality (AR) portal we worked on:

Nicki Minaj: Queen AR Experience
Open this AR lens in Snapchat here.

Personal Projects, Hobbies, Etc.

I also wanted to spend a minute talking about personal projects and such. As mentioned, I've been putting a lot of energy into my new gig. Previously during my free time over the course of this year, I was working on two 3D game prototypes. I showed them at small demo nights in New York to big conferences around America like GDC and PAX East. It's been kind of a wild year from a game development perspective. Now that my hobby of creating 3D content is now my job. I've been trying to figure out how I should spend my newly found free time. So I've really been thinking about it and decided a couple things I want to do:

  • Put more energy into creating really amazing immersive content. This means work on small projects that  help improve workflow, quality, and style. I also think I need a mentor so I'm going to look for one.
  • Be more consistent with working out to back in shape and bring sexy back. I've been really bad about being consistent, I can do better.
  • Spend more time with old/new friends and have fun. I'm a bit of a workaholic and want to change that. I do think that's just a byproduct of doing anything you love to do though but I miss being around good humans and little furry animals.

So with all that said, I'm going to push pause my previous game development projects for now and work on the above. I think that's everything but I plan to write these updates each month unless there's something time sensitive to push out. Thanks for reading.


Life Changes

General / 24 August 2018

Until today, I've only told a couple of my close friends and colleagues that I'm leaving my role as Entertainment Evangelist and Bizdev at Sketchfab on August 29th. I spent three years there growing their entertainment vertical from a couple indies to a large chunk of the industry. It was challenging but also a lot of fun. I'm going to miss the team.

Going forward

It's time to focus on my career as a Creative Director and Artist. A lot of you may not know that I do 3D art and that I'm also a certified engineer. I haven't really been interested in most engineering roles in the past because of the problems they are solving didn't appeal to me on a intellectual level. I'm more creative in my mindset. That's where technical art plays huge role in my happiness. It merges two things (art and code) that I enjoy most into one lovely thing.

What art tools will you write scripts for?

When it comes to 3D art software, I'll mainly focus on Maya but I will also write scripts for:

  • Cinema4D
  • Blender
  • Unity

What coding software will you use?

I'll be coding in MEL, Python, and Javascript. I'm still figuring out what coding software that will best cover the above software and languages best. I'll update you on this in later posts.