Cliff Schonewill
Cliff Schonewill
Senior Environment Artist - Santa Monica Studio
Los Angeles, United States of America

Summary

I turn thoughts into things, figments of imagination into fragments of reality. Its what I love doing, and what I will always do. From the looseness of a design process to the nitty gritty of a highly detailed, fully realized alternate reality - I enjoy the process of conjuring through art.

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Skills

Digital SculptingCharacter DesignCharacter ModelingAnatomyEnvironment DesignEnvironment Modeling3D ModelingTexturingUV MappingConcept Design3D AnimationRiggingLow-poly ModelingRetopologyConcept ArtModularity

Software proficiency

ZBrush
ZBrush
Maya
Maya
3ds Max
3ds Max
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
UVLayout
UVLayout
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
Substance Designer
Substance Designer
Photoshop
Photoshop
Quixel Suite
Quixel Suite
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
CRYENGINE
CRYENGINE
xNormal
xNormal
Knald
Knald
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
Painter
Painter
After Effects
After Effects

Productions

  • Godofwarsplash
    • Video Game
      God Of War
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Senior Environment Artist
    • Company
      Santa Monica Studio
  • Recore
    • Video Game
      ReCore
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Armature Studio
  • Revivalcover
    • Video Game
      Revival
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Environment Artist
    • Company
      Illfonic
  • Batman arkham origins blackgate deluxe edition
    • Video Game
      Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Deluxe Edition
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Armature Studio
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    • Video Game
      Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition Vita
    • Year
      2013
    • Role
      Character Artist
    • Company
      Armature Studio
  • Sonicboom
    • Video Game
      Sonic BoomL Rise of Lyric
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Environment Artist
    • Company
      Illfonic (Produced the multiplayer Battlemode content)

Experience

  • Senior Environment Artist at Santa Monica Studio
    Los Angeles, United States of America
    March 2016 - Present

    God Of War (2018)

    Produced nearly all facets of Tyr’s vault; executing art and design, some VFX, as well as pushing aspects of the level which required planning and coordination to pull off large amounts of interactive objects, and facilitated gameplay and cinematics throughout. Aimed to push the bar in every instance possible.

    Re-created art in a few areas in Tyr’s Temple as well as Kratos’ house, bringing them to a final state.

    Reached out of my area to create the effects of the axe’s freeze mechanic across the game.

    Generated some early explorations for the temple bridge and realm towers and trim designs.

    Created certain hero props such as the common chest.

  • Environment Artist at Illfonic
    Denver, United States of America
    March 2014 - February 2016

    Revival

    *Designed and created unique, extensive, and complete modular sets to produce layout variants for all aspects of huge lavish player housing estates.

    *Designed and created the majority of the large scale unique hero asset sculptures, features, and details used in estates.

    Sonic Boom: Ryse of Lyric

    Illfonic produced the Battle mode component for Sonic Boom. I created art content used across these multi-player levels, as well as an entire hazard course level.

  • Character Artist at Armature Studio
    Austin, United States of America
    November 2011 - March 2014

    Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate

    • Created unique characters and related assets for multiple performance platforms simultaneously on a time sensitive project; developing workflow to greatly speed the process using shared meshes and modifiable base assets.

    • Re-created specific characters and assets from Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum for use on the Vita and 3DS, saving 80-90% or more on polygon count and reducing multiple texture sets to a single sheet while maintaining look.

    • Created documentation for extremely low LOD creation (700 triangles, single 128x128 texture); managed contractors and integrated work.

    Injustice: Gods Among Us - Vita

    • Determined necessary character art asset specifications for specific platform, created and documented workflow to convert many complex high resolution meshes into nearly identical assets at tremendous performance and time savings. Oversaw and managed team of contractors using this process.

    Unannounced Projects

    • Created and managed character and environment art assets for use in Unreal Engine 3.

    • Managed contractors; improving, customizing, and integrating work into pipeline.

  • Consultant/Character Artist at CLO Virtual Fashion
    Seoul, Korea (South)
    July 2013 - January 2014

    CLO Virtual fashion is a software company and the makers of Marvelous Deigner and CLO3D - industry leading programs for the digital creation of cloth garments. The potential for revolutionizing the creating of cloth within the game art I was creating sparked my interest and so while I was staying in Korea for a time I approached them and created a position for myself there. My role was to help bring further understanding of game and film pipelines and needs to them so that they could better adapt Marvelous Designer to these needs. As part of my time there I underwent their training certificate program and became Certified in the use of Marvelous Designer.

    • Designed and created a character with multiple layers of clothing to illustrate integration of the Marvelous Designer software into modeling pipelines.

    • Created detailed documents illuminating game and film studio workflows, roles, timelines, etc.

    • Pointed out current and potential future strengths/weaknesses within these two industries in relation to the Marvelous Designer software development.

    • Wrote and edited official announcements to alleviate community frustrations.

    • Provided language services to assist in polishing the release of a new website.

  • Independent Contractor - 3D Animation Generalist at Houweling's Hot House
    Sarasota, United States of America
    January 2009 - April 2009

    Interpreted client's goals, orchestrating and producing a series of 13 animated shots revealing a breakthrough design through architectural and system visualizations. Took initiative to script, develop, and produce the visualizations with limited to no input from multiple large companies on the opposite coast and overseas. Researched and produced accurate to-scale models of various facility interior and exterior architectural systems. Modeled, textured, lit, animated, and rendered, and composited the finals shots, as well as other assets such as a fully rigged and semi-realistic insect character. In total used the art of computer animation to help unveil the production of the most advanced greenhouse system in the world.