My name is Neil Gowland and I'm a Senior 3D Artist currently residing near Newcastle, UK. I've been working in the games industry since 2006, mainly as an Environment Artist but I have also successfully adapted to various other roles when called upon, such as Particle Art and Level Design. I am hard working and I'm always eager to reach my full potential. I have experience working on racing titles, action games and massively open world games. Over the past 10 years I have worked on 12 published games and have experience and knowledge of working on all major platforms (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC).

DETAILS

Name | Neil Gowland
Date of Birth | 13 June 1985
Nationality | English

CONTACT ME

Email | neilgowland@gmail.com
Website | www.grimmsorg.com
Skype | NeilGowland
Xbox Live | Grimmsorg
Steam | Grimmstrom

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Senior 3D Artist - 29 February 2016 - Present
Level & Asset Creation



Senior Environment Artist - 17 November 2014 - 25 February 2016
Asset Creation, Level Editing, Outsource Management

Environment Artist (Secondment From Eutechnyx) - January 2013 - 17 November 2014
Asset Creation, Level Editing



Lead Environment Artist / Level Designer / VFX Artist - March 2011 - November 2014

Level Design, Gameplay Scripting, Low Poly Modelling, High Poly Modelling, Texturing, Outsource Management, Team Management, Particle Creation

Senior Environment Artist / VFX Artist - August 2007 - March 2011
Low Poly Modelling, High Poly Modelling, Texturing, Outsource Management, Level Design, Team Management, Particle Creation

Junior Environment Artist - August 2006 - August 2007
Low Poly Modelling, High Poly Modelling, Texturing, Physic Meshes

PUBLISHED TITLES

The Division (Xbox One / PS4 / Windows)
The Crew (Xbox One / PS4 / Windows)
Warhammer 40,000: Storm Of Vengeance (iOS / Android / PC)
NASCAR: Redline (iOS)
Ride To Hell (Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 / PC)
Auto Club Revolution (PC)
NASCAR The Game 2011 (Xbox 360 / Playstation 3 / Wii)
Absolute Supercars (Playstation 3)
Supercar Challenge (Playstation 3)
Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli (Playstation 3 / Wii)
Hot Wheels: Beat That (Xbox 360 / Playstation 2 / Wii / DS / PC)
Pimp My Ride (Xbox 360 / Playstion 2 / PSP / Wii)

IN PROGRESS TITLES

EVE: Valkyrie (Oculus Rift)

EDUCATION

University of Teesside - UK - BA (Hons) Computer Games Art - Received A First Class Degree

Darlington College of Technology - UK - GNVQ Computer Studies

AWARDS

Employee of the Month - Eutechnyx Ltd - May 2011

SKILLS

- High Poly Modelling (Organic & Hard Surface)
- Lighting (Real Time, Baked & Vertex Lighting)
- Low Poly Modelling
- Post Process
- Texturing & UV's
- Level Design & Primitive Building
- Particle Effects Within Unreal Engine & CryEngine
- Outsource Management & Team Management
- Outsource Feedback & Critique
- Art Direction

SOFTWARE

- Autodesk 3D Studio Max (2004)
- Adobe Photoshop (2004)
- UDK - Unreal Engine (2007)
- Pixelogic ZBrush (2007)
- Quixel NDO (2010)
- XNormal (2010)
- CryEngine (2011)
- Quixel DDO (2012)
- Unity (2012)
- Substance Painter (2015)
- Substance Designer (2015)
- Keyshot (2015)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Full Clean UK Driving License With Own Transport (11 Years)

REFERENCES

References available upon request

RECOMMENDATIONS

Neil is one of the most hard-working and outstanding individuals I had the pleasure of working with, he was always willing to help to solve problems with the level design or the art in the game. He is a pro-active leader who has a great attention to detail in all aspects of game development, making him a great asset to any team as an artist and designer with exceptional project management skills
January 21, 2013, Nezar Shalbak, Level Designer, Eutechnyx, reported directly to Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil is an approachable Lead with a wealth of artistic and technical knowledge. As both Environment and Lead Level Designer he creates both mechanically intelligent and visually stunning scenarios. Neil tutors and encourages the Level Design team to achieve high standards while working to tight deadlines.
January 20, 2013, Ryan Weatherhead, Game Designer, Eutechnyx worked indirectly with Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil is a hardworking and dedicated artist who has stepped up and taken on the responsibility as a lead level designer. He is genuinely passionate about his work, and it clearly shows in the quality he strives for. I have worked with him throughout his time at Eutechnyx, and am constantly impressed by his insight into the more technical aspects of art production. I would not hesisate to recommend Neil to anyone - he would be a valuable asset to any team
February 3, 2012, Dinesh Kumar, Lead Technology Programmer, Eutechnyx worked with Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil is a hard working individual that is incredibly enthusiastic about the games industry. He has a good technical understanding, great problem solving abilities and is always eager to learn new processes and techniques that will expand his skill set. Neil is a friendly, modest guy with very good organizational skills. I worked with Neil for several years, and hope to do so again some day!
July 3, 2011, Christopher Brown, Lead Artist, Eutechnyx managed Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil has done invaluable work on Eutechnyx new title, and has been a key figure in its technical structure and capabilities as well as the stylistic look and approach relating to that. Among other things he's set up core shaders and particle systems in UDK, and has also created astounding lighting solutions, as well as models and textures. As a person with a great range of technical knowledge he has also taken on a lot of responsibilities when it comes to guiding the team he is on, and carries himself with a natural leaders prowess by being calm and rock solid under pressure, while keeping a clear overview of the resources and time available to him. Personally he's very relaxed and a pleasant guy to be around. He listens and thinks before he talks, and is always good for a laugh with his dry wit. As an artist he's ambitious and hungry for knowledge in whatever subject he's presented with, which always puts him on the cutting edge of new techniques.
June 21, 2011, Ole Groenbaek, Junior Artist, Eutechnyx worked with Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil is a very experienced and very professional artist. Since I have been on this project, his dedication to work has shone through. He's goes beyond the call of duty, spending his spare time learning more about the unreal engine and new techniques which push him ahead of other artists on our team. If I was looking for an artist who would push the boundaries of what you would expect of somebody, I would definitely hire Neil.
June 15, 2011, Chris Cook, Level Designer, Eutechnyx worked directly with Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil has been an excellent person to work with, he has a seemingly never ending abundance of enthusiasm for all things games industry related, weather that be the latest releases or the latest under the hood technologies, Neils always seeking out new information and passing it on.

Neil is a very talented artist but is also able to combine that with his technical knowledge to create highly optimized yet impressive shaders, materials and artwork, getting the most out of the smallest of resources. He is very adept at problem solving to the point of obsession, he won't rest until he's figured out a work around, a fix, or a better way of doing something. As a person Neil is extremely friendly and easy going, an excellent member for any Team, and I wouldn't hesitate to work with him again in the future.
June 14, 2011, Gareth David O'Neill, Environment Artist, Eutechnyx worked indirectly for Neil at Eutechnyx

Great Lad , and amazing artist, and great communication skills and great person to work with, team player and always deliver.
June 13, 2011, Christer Stormark, Vehicle Artist, Eutechnyx worked directly with Neil at Eutechnyx

Neil, is a strong willed and highly talented 3D and 2D skilled artist, he has a great eye for detail and good technical knowledge in his field. He is always trying to further his skills and knowledge and enjoys passing this on to his colleagues, Having worked with Neil for nearly 2 years now I can easily say he is a dedicated, dependable and flexible team player and a joy to work with.
May 11, 2010, Tom Leighton, Environment Artist, Eutechnyx worked directly with Neil at Eutechnyx

Having worked closely with Neil for almost three years, I can confidently say that he is a highly skilled and talented artist, as well as being a nice guy to work with. I have personally learned a great deal from Neil, and his constant drive to improve his skills is a valuable quality. His attention to detail and effective organisational/planning abilities round off a great set of skills which would make him an excellent addition to any team.
May 4, 2010, Adam Dudley, Lead Environmental Artist, Eutechnyx worked directly with Neil at Eutechnyx

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