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I am a video game developer!

I've been happily developing video games since 2004. I've released games on many platforms including the Nintendo DS, Wii, XBOX 360, iPhone, iPad, Android, Facebook and PC. Many of these games are based on brands that millions of people enjoy each day, coming from Disney, Konami, Cartoon Network, Activision, PopCap, Universal Studios, Nickelodeon, Mattel, Hasbro, High Voltage Software, THQ, 2KPLAY, Warner Brothers, ValuSoft, GameMill, Dreamcatcher Games, Destineer, ZOO Games and Tecmo. Take a look at my full gameography if you would like to see all the games I've worked on.

I love developing websites, too.

The web is a wonderful place to play. I believe it is still a pretty wide-open frontier for creativity. While I got my start during the flash-animation dominated era, I've warmed up to the benefits of wordpress driven sites. Recently, I've developed websites for insurance agents, lawyers, criminal investigators, artists, apartment complexes, casinos, student organizations, title companies and philanthropies.

Deep down, I'm simply an artist.

I maintain galleries at cgsociety, conceptart, deviantart and probably a few other places.

 

For as long as I can remember I have loved the creative side of life. I began early; by time I was 13 I had my first illustration published in a small east coast gaming periodical. I studied computer science before moving to Springfield in 2000 to pursue a degree in electronic art. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts from Missouri State University in 2004 and immediately began work as the Media Manager and concept art instructor for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy.

 

After working at the academy I took a job as an artist with a local video game venture, Black Lantern Studios. I made the 8th employee and the 4th artist for the company that has produced over 75 video games titles. Working hard as an artist, I produced assets for several games including a lead artist role on Board Game Classics. In November of 2005 I expanded my responsibility by taking the role of Art Director at the Studio. In this role I produced work for and shipped seven titles in 12 months on the GBA and DS platforms. In 2006, the art and design departments of the studio merged. I sat as the Director of Art and Design, for a little over a year. After serving as the VP of Operations and President of the Springfield Studio I took the reins of our third expansion project to St. Louis, MO where we launched our first product on the 360 platform – Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex.

 

As Studio Director for the St. Louis office, I lead teasm to develop a wide array of games including our first facebook app. In 2011, we branded the St. Louis office with a new title which reflected our balance of traditional technique and modern technology: Graphite Lab. We have a growing portfolio of mobile games for clients like Hasbro, many of which have peaked in the overall top ten apps on the app store. We are currently deep in produciton our our frist original property: Hive Jump, which released on Steam Early Access July 20, 2016.

 

I believe there is a market for video game development in St. Louis and we happily partner with other firms in the area to do contract video game development for both entertainment companies as well as agencies. If you are interested in following one of the many st. louis video game developers, you can find us on twitter, linkedIn and our own Lab Notes blog.

 

I do a little consulting on the side. I speak about careers in gaming, professional practices in animation, and video gaming violence.

I love sharing what I know in the classroom.

I currently teach motion graphics, animation, and game design at Maryville University in St. Louis.

GAME DESIGN

Study of the design and development of video games and E-Learning applications. Concept development, interface design, programming, principles of electronic learning, and game logic are primary considerations. Learn more about Game Design at Maryville Uniiversity.

MOTION GRAPHICS

Building upon skills developed in Intro to Motion Graphics, students will continue to pursue understanding of the elements of graphic design in combination with motion, video and sound, as well as the technology utilized to create motion graphics.

INTRO TO MOTION GRAPHICS

Teaching motion grpahics using a 12 principles approach while developing each students visual voice and portfolio in digital motion.

INTRO TO ANIMATION

Teaching digital animation using a 12 principles approach while developing each students visual voice and portfolio in animation. This class evolved to focus on motion graphics versus traditional aniamtion.

In the spring of 2007 I joined Missouri State University as adjunct faculty in the Department of Art + Design.

COMPUTER ANIMATION III

Teaching 3D animation using a 12 principles approach while developing each students visual voice and portfolio in 3D animation.

COMPUTER ANIMATION II

Teaching digital 3D modeling.

I enjoy speaking outside of the classroom, too.

Wizard World Comic Con - The 80s And Video Games Respawned - 2016
Webster University Kinematifest - Animation and Gaming - 2016
Wizard World Comic Con - Making an Impact - 2015
Missouri State University - Master's Class in Video Game Development, 2014
Missouri State University - Homecoming Alumni Panel, 2014
Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con - Being a Nerd for a Living, 2014
Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con - What Video Games Can Teach, 2014
Washington University - IGDA Roundtable - 2013
WordCamp St Louis – Plug-ins on a Budget 2011
St. Louis Lutheran Schools – Making Fun 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
University of Missouri KC – Effects of Media on Children 2007
Missouri State University ACM – Breaking In to the Gaming Industry 2007
Missouri State University – Professional Practices in Animation 2006
Missouri State University – Getting into Gaming 2005

My full gameography

Hive Jump
Release Date 7.20.2016
System STEAM
Publisher Graphite Lab
Licensor Graphite Lab

Johnny Tractor and Friends: Goodnight, Johnny Tractor
Release Date 7.20.2016
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher Soul and Vibe Interactive
Licensor John Deere

Johnny Tractor and Friends: Growing Season
Release Date 4.14.2016
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher Soul and Vibe Interactive
Licensor John Deere

Mr. Potato Head School Rush
Release Date 4.07.16
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

Johnny Tractor and Friends: Snow Day
Release Date 12.3.2016
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher Soul and Vibe Interactive
Licensor John Deere

Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Style
Release Date 10.14.15
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Rarity Takes Manehattan
Release Date 8.27.15
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

Baby Genius Sing Along
Release Date 6.5.15
System iOS, Amazon
Publisher Hadoken, LLC
Licensor Genius Brands

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Island
Release Date 5.7.15
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie's Sister
Release Date 4.2.15
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Cutie Pox
Release Date 1.29.15
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Twilight's Kingdom
Release Date 12.18.14
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

Play-Doh: Seek and Squish
Release Date 11.20.14
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Luna Eclipsed
Release Date 10.15.14
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

My Little Pony: Power Ponies
Release Date 7.15.14
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro

Transformers Rescue Bots: Sky Forest Rescue
Release Date 6.19.14
System iOS, Android, Kindle
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

My Little Pony: Best Pet
Release Date 6.4.14
System iOS, Android, Amazon
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

My Little Pony: Fluttershy's Famous Stare
Release Date 4.22.14
System iOS, Kindle
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

My Little Pony: Hearts and Hooves Day
Release Date 2.13.14
System iOS, Android, Kindle
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

My Little Pony: Party of One
Release Date 9.18.13
System iOS, Android, Kindle
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

Doolz: Video Games
Release Date 7.2013
System iOS, Android
Publisher Black Lantern Studios
Role Studio Director

Play-Doh Create ABCs
Release Date 7.12.13
System iOS, Android, Kindle
Publisher PlayDate Digital
Licensor Hasbro
Role Studio Director

Monster Match: Letters
System iOS, Android
Publisher Black Lantern Studios
Role Studio Director

W.E.L.D.E.R.
System Kindle, Android
Publisher Highline Games
Role Kindle Development Team

Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Theme Park
Release Date 2011
System Nintendo 3DS
Publisher Mind Candy

SOL: Exodus
Release Date 2011
System PC
Publisher Seamless Entertainment

Elmo's A to Z Adventure
System Nintendo DS, Wii, PC
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainemnt
Licensor Sesame Street

Cookie's Counting Carnival
System Nintendo DS, Wii, PC
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainemnt
Licensor Sesame Street

Zhu Zhu Pets: Featuring the Wild Bunch
Release Date 10.19.10
System Wii
Publisher Activision
Licensor Cepia
Role Interface Artist, Interface Programmer

10 Minute Solution
Release Date 6.29.10
System Wii
Publisher Activision
Licensor Anchor Bay Entertainment
Role Additional UI Art

Family Fun Football
Release Date 2009
System Wii
Publisher Tecmo

Ben 10 Alien Force The Rise of Hex
Release Date 5.26.10, 5.31.10
System XBLA, WiiWare
Publisher Konami
Licensor Cartoon Network
Role Director, Lead Designer

Agatha Christie The A.B.C. Murders
Release Date 10.28.09
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Dreamcatcher Games
Licensor Chorion, Agatha Christie
Role Director, Lead Designer

Wizards of Waverly Place
Release Date 8.25.09
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Disney Interactive
Licensor Disney Interactive
Role Special Thanks

Little League World Series 2009
Release Date 6.23.09
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Activision
Licensor Little League Baseball
Role President, Lead Designer

Deal or No Deal
Release Date 1.20.09
System Wii
Publisher ZOO Games Inc.
Licensor Endemol
Role President

Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Theif
Release Date 12.20.08
System DS
Publisher PopCap games
Role President

Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins
Release Date 11.11.08
System DS
Publisher PopCap games
Role President

Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine
Release Date 11.9.2008
System Wii
Publisher Destineer
Licensor Food Network
Role Vice President of Operations

Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine
Release Date 11.9.2008
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Destineer
Licensor Food Network
Role Vice President of Operations

Dora Saves the Snow Princess
Release Date 11.9.2008
System Nintendo DS
Publisher 2KPlay
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Vice President of Operations

Diego’s Great Dinosaur Rescue
Release Date 10.27.08
System Nintendo DS
Publisher 2KPlay
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Vice President of Operations

Wonder Pets! Save the Animals
Release Date 10.27.08
System Nintendo DS
Publisher 2KPlay
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Vice President of Operations

Little League World Series 2008
Release Date 8.8.08
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Activision
Licensor Little League Baseball
Role Vice President of Operations

Garfield’s Fun Fest
Release Date 8.5.08
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor PAWS, Inc.
Role Vice President of Operations

Farm Life
Release Date 4.7.2008
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Destineer/Ubisoft
Role Vice President of Operations

Elements of Destruction
Release Date 12.19.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher THQ
Role Director of Art + Design

John Deere: Harvest in the Heartland
Release Date 11.30.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher Destineer
Licensor John Deere
Role Director of Art + Design, Lead Designer

Dora Saves the Mermaids
Release Date 11.08.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher 2KPlay
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Director of Art + Design, Lead Designer

Diego’s Safari Adventure
Release Date 11.08.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher 2KPlay
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Director of Art + Design

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Release Date 11.01.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Dr. Seuss Enterprises
Role Director of Art + Design, Lead Designer

Betty Boop’s Double Shift
Release Date 10.19.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor King Features
Role Director of Art + Design, Lead Designer

Balls of Fury
Release Date 10.05.07
System Wii
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Universal Studios, Rogue Pictures
Role Director of Art + Design

Balls of Fury
Release Date 9.01.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Universal Studios, Rogue Pictures
Role Director of Art + Design

UNO FREE FALL
Release Date 3.02.07
System Game Boy Advance
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Mattel
Role Art Director

UNO 52
Release Date 1.15.07
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Mattel
Role Art Director

Lionel Trains: On Track
Release Date 11.27.06
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Lionel Trains
Role Art Director

UNO / Skip-Bo / UNO Free Fall
Release Date 11.27.06
System Nintendo DS
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Mattel
Role Art Director

UNO / Skip-Bo
Release Date 10.03.06
System Game Boy Advance
Publisher DSI Games
Licensor Mattel
Role Art Director

Dora’s World Adventure!
Release Date 10.03.06
System Game Boy Advance
Publisher Global Star Software
Licensor Nickelodeon
Role Art Director, Lead Artist

Board Game Classics
Release Date 08.15.05
System Game Boy Advance
Publisher DSI Games
Role Lead Artist

Tabloid Tycoon
Release Date 04.25.05
System PC
Publisher ValuSoft
Role Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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