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SEAN KEETON
Art Director / Artist     seankeeton@gmail.com     seankeeton.com

Photoshop, Maya, 3ds Max, AnimateCC, Illustrator, After Effects, ZBrush, Unity, Jira, art direction, 3D & 2D animation, 3D modeling, character & prop design, illustration, MMORPG, F2P, mobile

Art Director at Hidden Variable Studios - June 2016 – Present
Skullgirls Mobile (mobile F2P), Upcoming Xbox One Game (currently under NDA), Up & Up (mobile F2P)

  • Develop art styles, create art bibles. Provide guidance, paint-overs to maintain vision & quality.

  • Create art solutions to gameplay, retention needs.

  • Create mockups, characters, animation, and environment art assets in Photoshop, Maya, Flash & Unity.

  • Set biweekly sprints & meet deadlines.

  • Work with producers to identify, test, hire, & manage art contractors.

Art Director at SEGA Networks - Three Rings Design Nov 2014 – Mar 2016
Cranky Food Friends (mobile F2P)

  • Designed look and art bible for new mobile IP that tested well with target audience.

  • Developed, managed art team. Provided guidance, paint-overs to maintain vision and quality.

  • Worked with producer and project manager to set weekly schedules.

  • Created art solutions to gameplay, retention needs.

  • Created mockups, characters, animation, and other art assets.

Senior Artist at SEGA Networks - Three Rings Design Oct 2013 – Nov 2014
Spiral Knights (Steam F2P MMORPG), Puzzle Pirates (Steam F2P MMORPG)

  • Created 3D designs, animations, and game assets in Maya and 3ds Max.

  • Created 2D designs, animations, and game assets in Photoshop and Flash.

Lead Artist at Three Rings Design Mar 2012 – Oct 2013
Spellwood (mobile)

  • Designed look of game, created characters, backgrounds, items, UI.

  • Kept art team motivated and on schedule.

  • Provided paint-overs and notes to maintain vision and quality.

Artist at Three Rings Design Jan 2008 – Mar 2012
Spiral Knights (PC F2P MMORPG), Whirled (F2P Browser), How to Train Your Dragon: Dragon Academy (PC), Bang Howdy! (F2P PC), Puzzle Pirates (PC F2P MMORPG), Downtown (Facebook)

  • Created 3D animations, designs, and game assets.

  • Created 2D animations, designs, and game assets.

Lead Animator at Animagic Studios Jul 2005 – Jan 2008

  • Created 3D character animation, models, and textures for cartoons, movies, and commercials.

  • Created 2D character animation.

  • Designed workflows and provided paint-overs and notes for art team.

EXHIBITION HISTORY
My art has been shown in the following galleries:

  • 2018 Giant Robot 2 Gallery, The Post-It Show, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Mark Todd) (8 pieces)

  • 2018 Featured Artist: Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (19 pieces)

  • 2018 Gallery 30 South, The Coaster Show, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Matt Kennedy) (4 pieces)

  • 2018 Two-Person Exhibition: Vapegoat, Los Angeles, CA (20 pieces)

  • 2018 La Bodega Gallery, Marvelous, San Diego, CA

  • 2018 New Profanity, Dark Art - Dark Products, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2018 New Profanity, Brighten Up, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2018 Art Market PDX, The Nuclear Family, Porland, OR

  • 2018 New Profanity, Mental Illness Show, Los Angeles, CA

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
My animated shorts have been featured in the following:

  • 2007 Channel Frederator: Episode 83

  • 2006 I Castelli Animati Festival

  • 2005 Aired on the Nicktoons Channel as part of “Nextoons”

  • 2005 Stash DVD Magazine: Issue 14

  • 2004 SoFA Honors Show

  • 2001 SoFA Honors Show

EDUCATION

  • Rochester Institute Of Technology: BFA, Computer Animation 2014

  • Summa Cum Laude (Top 1% of graduating class) 2004

  • Dean's List 2000-2004

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award 2004

  • Panelist, RIT Student Research Conference 2004

  • RIT Presidential Scholarship 2000-2004

  • R. Bruce Reinecker Scholarship 2001-2004

  • Edward J. Blounstein Distinguished Scholar Award 2000

In addition to my love of art, video games, and animation, I create comics, play guitar, and perform live animation for the stand-up comedy show, Picture This, with comedians such as the Sklar Brothres, Margaret Cho, Adam Conover, Dana Gould, Jimmy Pardo, and John Roberts.

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