Morning! I'm Emma.dora

I have spent the past year as a 3D Digital Matte Painter at Boulder Media. Due to COVID-19, I worked fulltime freelance from home in South Australia for the Irish company. I have been working on an un-announced Animation Full Feature Film, and I couldn't be more excited to share with the world! As of April 2021, I am looking for a new gig.  

In 2019 I worked as a 3D DMP Junior Artist at Mill Film Studios in South Australia. I worked on ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ (film credit) and 'Love and Monsters' (film credit). I have experience in modelling in Maya, texturing in Substance, using USD’s, lighting in Katana, as well as my primary skills in Matte Painting, using Photoshop and Nuke. 


In 2018, I was one of only 2 people, (in approximately 3000 possible entrants in 2018) that won 2 separate scholarships! By entering “The Rookies”, this is where artists in school and straight out of school can showcase their work to all and are judged by professional artists. One scholarship is to the and Rising Sun Pictures/ Uni SA’s Post Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, and the CG Spectrum Mentorship. I also received 2 ‘excellence’ awards, one for a static 2D set extension at different times of the day, the other for an environment change from drone footage.


Study + Study Achievements
I spent two years studying an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialising in Game Art) at TAFE SA. I was the team leader that produced a shot video game called ‘Pyrathon’ which daubed at AVCon 2015. I was the team leader for another video game called 'Auto Arcadia' that daubed at AVCon 2017. I then completed two years at Flinders University, where I graduated in 2017 in the top 15% of the university. 

Flinders University/CDW Studios is where I learned what Digital Matte painting was and fell in love! (2016) I then dedicated as much time as I could learning and improving my Digital Matte Painting and Environment art skills. My goal is to become one of the best Digital Matte Painter/Environment artists. I have completed 2 online courses; Advanced Matte Painting (2016) with Heather Abels and Matte Painting (2017) with Eric Bouffard, both through CGMA. I have worked, and still sometimes work as a Digital Media Lecturer at TAFE SA, teaching 2D Art and 3D Modeling. I have done a small amount of freelance work as a Jr. Matte Painter with TAU Studios for 4 months in early 2017.

Skills and Knowledge 
I have chosen to specialize in Digital Matte Painting/Set Extension, using Photoshop and Nuke. I am super keen and willing to learn new workflows and structures. I own and have worked in both Windows and Mac OSX environments, and work in Linux at work. I have worked and created full 3D environments within Maya, and Unreal Engine 4 using their blueprint system. My education focused me on becoming 3D generalist, I enjoyed creating textures and UVing as much as the modelling and lighting. 

Have passport, will travel. (When safe to do so) 
I look forward to this new adventure in the visual effects industry. I continue to take all the lessons I have learned from the past and focus on them to help me be the best version of myself. Examples include being a Chef helped me learn to work under pressure, working to deadlines, attention to detail, deep and focused effort, knowing my limits, and asking for help when I just don’t know. I have travelled to Ireland, the UK, and many EU countries by myself in a gap year in the early 2000's. Although I still call Australia home, I can’t wait for more opportunities to travel and work in other countries. I can't wait to be a part of teams that help create movies and TV shows and just spread the joy of imagination, and escaping temporally from the day to day world.

On a small personal note, I am currently engaged to a wonderful man from the United States of America. When we are able to travel, we will be getting married, and I will aim for dual citizenship in the United States of America. 

Feel free to check out my other work on ArtStation. or visit me on Linked In