I am a CG Artist from New York who specializes in modeling, sculpting, and texturing environments, props, and other non-character assets. I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Computer Art. Keep scrolling to see some of the things I've made.

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Turn Back, Short film

My senior thesis film, created at School of Visual Arts over the course of about 7 months (after a year of preproduction). The film is a dramatic look at the process of an abandoned city being reclaimed by nature, presented in a reverse time-lapse.

2013 Environment Reel

This environment reel showcases shots from three projects: my senior thesis film "Turn Back", a NYC subway station game environment, and a sci-fi cavern game environment. Turn Back was created in Maya, rendered with Mental Ray and composited with After Effects. The game environment assets were created using Maya and Mudbox and assembled in Unity.

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"turn back" thesis film - stills


"Turn Back" Thesis Bible PDF also available here (22 MB) - shows the full in-depth process of the making of my thesis film.
 

Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still


Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still

Turn Back Film Still


"NY Noire" subway station game environment - concepts & stills


 

NY Noire Concept Art 1

NY Noire Concept Art 2

NY Noire Concept Art 3

NY Noire Screen 1


NY Noire Screen 2

NY Noire Screen 3

NY Noire Screen 4

NY Noire Screen 5


SciFi Cavern game environment - concepts & stills


 

SciFi Cavern Concept Art 1

SciFi Cavern Concept Art 2

SciFi Cavern Screenshot

SciFi Cavern Screenshot


Personal Artwork


 

TAC Tour Poster

Floodgate

Inventing Cartography

Waves


Avian

Avian II

It Could Be the Distance

Never Empty

Résumé

Objective


To work in the CG industry as an environment artist, modeling/sculpting and texturing props, environments, and other non-character assets.

Education


School of Visual Arts, New York, NY - Class of 2013
BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
3.64 cumulative GPA; Graduated with honors
Dean's List 6 of 8 semesters

Experience


Nathan Love
3D Art Intern, Mar 2014 - May 2014
  • Modeling, sculpting and some texturing for full environment set and props for in-house project
  • Modeling, set dressing, matte painting for commercial client work.

Self-Employed Freelance
CG Artist, July 2013 - Present
  • Working with independent filmmaker on live-action short film:
    • fully textured, lit and rendered a CG set extension for 17 shots
    • created background matte paintings for 20 shots.

Motion Capture NYC
Motion Graphics Artist, June 2011 - Sep 2011
  • Created motion graphics animations for clients from start to finish (storyboarding, animatics, final product)
  • assisted in other company productions

Recognition


  • Turn Back, SVA senior thesis film:
    • 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner
    • 2013 SIGGRAPH MetroCAF screening
    • 2013 SVA Computer Art Chair's Selection

  • Finalist - CG Student Awards 2013 Student of the Year, Next-Gen Gaming category

Skills


3D / CG
  • Proficient: modeling (high/low-poly), model sculpting, texturing, UV mapping, normal/displacement mapping
  • Experience: lighting, animation, rendering, rigging, dynamics

Visual Effects
  • Proficient: animation/motion graphics, typography, compositing, rotoscoping
  • Experience: matte painting, motion tracking, color correction/grading

Software


Proficient in:
  • Maya
  • Unity
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects

Experienced with:
  • Zbrush
  • Mudbox
  • Houdini
  • Final Cut
  • Illustrator

Contact


ctrautmann2 at gmail.com

christian on linkedin

vimeo.com/ctrautmann