Matthew Cook
Visual Development Artist
Kansas City, United States of America

Summary

My name is Matthew Cook. I am . . . well, a lot of things. I'm a visual development artist. That means I like to think about imaginary things and then draw them. I like to design creatures, buildings, islands, puzzles, toys, robots, furniture, vehicles, and just about anything else for animation and video-games.

Making things up is even more fun when you can do it with other people, so I also like to teach others how. I am currently a visiting lecturer in Illustration at the University of Kansas School of Design.

I'm also a Product Designer. Have you ever wondered where a sticker comes from? Sometimes I make them; stickers, crafting kits and all manner of fun and useful crafting goodies for EKSuccess.

Did you know I'm also a scientist? It's true. A computer scientist engineer. I do a little programming and a lot of math. (I also look very dashing in a lab coat.)

When I get time away from all that drawing and mad science-ry I also like to write. I write short stories, curious little vignettes, and all sorts of other creative scribblings besides.

The point is I like to think, and I like to make things, and I'm pretty good at it. Maybe I could make something for you?

Skills

Art DirectionConcept ArtIllustrationMotion GraphicsGame DesignGame DevelopmentCharacter DesignProduct DesignVisual DevelopmentGraphic DesignVector IllustrationIndustrial DesignProgrammingTeachingSoftware DevelopmentWritingletteringfont design

Software proficiency

3ds Max
3ds Max
After Effects
After Effects
ArtRage
ArtRage
Illustrator
Illustrator
Manga Studio
Manga Studio
Maya
Maya
Photoshop
Photoshop
SketchBook Pro
SketchBook Pro
ZBrush
ZBrush
InDesign
InDesign
Procreate
Procreate
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
CLIP STUDIO PAINT

Productions

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    • Book
      The Daring Escape of The Misfit Menagerie
    • Year
      2012
    • Role
      Illustrator
    • Company
      Razorbill

Experience

  • Senior Product Designer at EK Success
    Kansas City, United States of America
    February 2013 - Present

    Create original content for multiple mass market paper crafting brands. Specify and review products for overseas manufacturing. Design and construct crafting kits, models, mockups, and product packaging. Research and develop new craft products and tools.

  • Lecturer at The University of Kansas School of Design
    Lawrence, United States of America
    August 2015 - Present

    KU Department of Design

    Advanced Concept Art: Fall 2015

  • Freelance Illustrator at AlsoAlso Illustration
    Kansas City, United States of America
    January 2010 - Present

    I create original and compelling traditional and digital illustrations in a variety of styles for visual development and publishing. Clients include Razorbill (an imprint of Penguin Books), Branit FX, Beat by Beat Press, Ty Jones Films, The Gerson Companies.

  • Visual Development Artist / Game Programmer at Bazillion Pictures
    Kansas City, United States of America
    July 2010 - May 2011

    Assisted in design and programming of Unity3D based educational game for web and iPad. Character design and illustration for commercial advertising. Motion graphics animation. Technical consulting services.

    Developed visual style for Unity3D based game. Assisted in design of puzzles and other game mechanics. Assisted in translation of concept art into textures and 3D models. Game programming.