Character Designer. Visual Development Artist.
Hi, I'm Billy!
I am a Character Designer / Illustrator who's worked on animated TV shows, game intro sequences and illustrated novels. If you'd like to hire me for illustrations or character designs, or just to say hello, feel free to drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For literary work, kindly reach out to my agent, Justin Rucker, at: Justin@shannonassociates.com
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Illustrator / Animator at MoneySmart
Feb 2018 – Present Singapore
Illustrating and animating for MoneySmart Singapore’s infographic blogs and marketing department adverts.
Train Station Manager at SBSTransit Downtown Line
Sep 2016 – Nov 2017 Singapore
Running the operations of a train station while studying online. Responsible for cash flow within the station, crew morale, emergency command and control in event of train system failures, or passenger emergencies.
Visual Development Artist / Storyboard Artist at Freelance
Sep 2015 – Present Singapore
Creating art for clients ranging from illustrating a pitch for a young adult’s illustrated novel, to storyboarding and editing the intro cinematic sequence for an award winning indie game (Masquerada: Songs and Shadows)
Storyboard/ Concept Artist at Omens Studios
Feb 2014 – Sept 2015 Singapore
Created entertaining storyboards and designs for two pre-school animated series “Counting with Paula” and “Leo the Wildlife Ranger”. My work involved creating and approving animatics and designing episodic assets including characters, assets and environments. Extra duties included voice acting for recurring characters (Capt. Redbeard / Totem Head / Uncle Sphinx) in the Paula series.
Layout Apprentice (6 mth Jedi Masters Program) at Industrial Light and Magic Singapore
Apr 2013 – Oct 2013 Singapore
Trained and worked on shot-based tasks in the following areas: Photomodeling; 2D camera tracking and 3D camera matchmoving and match animation; Layout for feature film animation, including scene assembly and creative camera animation; Linux; and entry-level Python scripting.
Layout artist / Animator at Tiny Island Productions
Nov 2011 – Dec 2012 Singapore
Translated 2D storyboards into 3D animatics. Tasks included scene assembly and creative freedom on scene shots. Produced key character animation on several shots upon completion of layout duties on the season finale.
Visual development at Concept Design Academy
Jun 2016 – Aug 2016 Pasadena, CA
An amazing experience learning from some of the best in the industry, along with exceptional artists as peers. I studied under artists such as Patrick Ballesteros, Assaf Horowitz, Cecil Kim and Gabriel Yeganyan. Subjects included VisComm, Environment Design, VisDev for Animation and Children’s Book Illustration.
Fundamentals and Design at Schoolism (Self Taught)
Sep 2015 – Present Online
Learning painting and improving artistic abilities through online courses taught by masters of the industry.
WSQ Advanced Certificate (Animation) at CG Protégé Animation School
Nov 2010 – Apr 2011 Singapore
Studied and practiced CG animation, with a focus on production quality in body mechanics and acting; storyboarding.
BA (Hons), Media Arts (Animation) at LASALLE College of the Arts
Aug 2006 – Jun 2010 Singapore
Studied and practiced concepts of animation with supporting studies from film genres and academic philosophy.