Freelance 3D Animator, Designer, Artist

My Creative Journey in 3D Animation / CG Illustration

Glyn Davidson - Freelance CGI 3D Animator, Designer, IllustratorMy first computer, a RadioShack TRS80 with a Microsoft DOS operating system, was handed down to me when I was only eight years old. Accompanying this was a book, about the size of a small novel, that contained ream after ream of computer code. I spent weeks (literally) copying and correcting this code into the machine. When the efforts of my labour finally came to fruition, I was presented with two vertical white lines that moved randomly from left to right. The challenge was to use the arrow keys on the keyboard (mice hadn't yet been invented) to move a little square from left to right and prevent it from hitting the two white lines. This was my first introduction into software development.

At around about the same time, I was also drawing pictures of my favourite films. Felt Pen drawings of Star Wars and Ghost Busters are still clear in my memory. And with these pictures I was winning competitions. I recall one occasion where I had won first place, and third place was given to my little brother. As a child I was extremely pleased with this, not because my little brother had won something too, but because I'd spent considerable time helping him to improve his image.

After leaving school I tried my hand at various jobs; sign maker, car body repair, zoo keeper, carpet fitter, estate agent, store manager, restaurant proprietor, software developer... but my heart was always in film. Unawares of how to access the world of film, in 2003 I began a general computing course franchised from Glamorgan University to Coleg Llandrillo Cymru.

This HNC (Higher National Certificate) in computing included a graphic design module and elements of 3D animation (using Autodesk 3D Studio Max) and video editing. In 2004, half way through the two year course and before achieving any qualifications, lecturers had been sufficiently impressed with my work/ethic that they offered me a position within the college as a lecturer. In the same year, work that I produced whilst studying web design had been selected as Coleg Llandrillo Cymru's sole representation in the national skills challenge. Despite enrolling on a Microsoft Certified Professional Course, additional modules on the HNC, and all of this on top of my new role as a college lecturer, in 2005 I graduated the HNC in computing with the highest score in Wales.

As a requirement of my new job (lecturing in subjects such as web design, photography and desktop publishing) I began a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in September 2005. Wanting to continue my 3D & CGI sector specific study I also enrolled on a HND (Higher National Diploma) in computing via the North East Wales Institute for Higher Education at the same time. This was with great consequence as despite balancing the lecturing role with two HE courses, in 2007 I was the first (only?) student ever to be awarded with a grade of 100% for a single piece of work. The piece of work in question was a CG animation.

At present I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Creative Media, with particular focus on 3D animation, at the North Wales School of Art and Design. I am still working as a lecturer with Coleg Llandrillo Cymru (now Grwp Llandrillo Menai) and supplement both of the above as a freelance CG animator and designer.


 

My Freelance Digital Design Portfolio

Welcome to my freelance 3D design and animation portfolio, a place where you can browse through my digital art, obtain quotes for freelance projects, and where existing customers can keep track of their freelance projects' progress.

Looking through my online portfolio, you will find examples of my freelance work in areas such as 3D and 2D Art, Design or Illustration, 3D and 2D Animation, Motion graphics and VFX (Visual Effects) amongst others. You can navigate my 3D Design portfolio by clicking on the links above.

 

Home

On the home page you will find an overview of the 3D Design, Art, Illustration, 3D Animation, Motion Graphics and VFX services that I offer as a freelancer.

You will also find examples of my most recent 3D animations and 3D Art, Illustrations or Design.

An overview is given of the freelance 3D design production process as well as the cost involved in producing a 3D animations.

Visit my Home Page

 

My Account

On the My Account page existing freelance clients can access concept drawings produced for their freelance 3D project and storyboards for their CGI animations. The My Account page enables freelance clients to view the progress of their freelance 3D projects and make amendments, comments or provide feedback on current progress. Clients can download their finished 3D artwork and animations, make comments on existing artwork or animations and send or receive personal messages. This page also allows freelance clients to view Invoices, Quotes, and Payment History. Finally it contains access to documents such as contracts, project plans and project briefs. In short, it contains all the tools you need to create, modify and monitor your freelance projects.

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Portfolio

The 3D / CGI (Computer Generated Image) portfolio is dedicated to the 3D designs and animations that I have produced as a freelance 3D artist / animator for television, promotional materials, online video/animations, book covers, album covers, company logos and the like.

To create the CGI animations I use dedicated 3D animation software such as Maxon Cinema 4D, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Bodypaint and Adobe Flash.

Please feel free to visit my freelance animation page to view some of the animations that I have created as personal projects and during my time as a freelance animator.

Visit my Freelance 3D Design and Animation Portfolio

 

Freelance Design Quotes

The freelance quotes page provides information in relation to costs of freelance 3D illustration or animation projects. The Freelance quotes page also offers some information on how payment is made for the finished 3D animation or CG illustrations. Finally, you can use the freelance quotes page to obtain a free, no obligation quote in relation to any of the following design problems.

  • 3D Design / CGI Design
  • 3D Animation / CGI Animation
  • 3D and 2D Illustration
  • Motion Graphics
  • VFX (Visual Effects)
  • Concept Art
  • Character Design
  • Story Boarding
  • Product Design
  • Product Development
  • Product Marketing
  • 3D Modelling, Texturing, Lighting and Rigging
  • Graphic Design
  • Logo Design

View information about costs or obtain a quote

 

Tutorials

The tutorials section offers online video and written tutorials in the following areas:

  • 3D Animation / CGI Animation
  • 3D and 2D Illustration
  • Motion Graphics
  • VFX (Visual Effects)
  • 3D Modelling
  • Texturing
  • Lighting
  • Rigging

As well as some web design, flash and perhaps some php or asp.net too.

Visit my 3D and CGI Tutorials page

 

Downloads

Use this page to download free high definition wallpapers taken from some of the 3D art and animations that I have produced. There are high resolution textures for use in your own CGI creations as well some HDRI images which are excellent for illuminating scenes and for use as backdrops within the 3D software. Finally, there are some free 3D models to download as well as some Cinema 4D models for sale.

All of the content on my downloads page is for personal use only, please do not distribute or modify it in any way.

Visit my Downloads page

 

Blog

My blog is used for sharing some of the experimental special effects that have created in 3D such as explosions, simulations and the like.

The blog contains updates on animations that I create outside of a role as freelancer. Unfortunately my own 3D animations often get put to one side as deadlines for freelance projects take priority.

Visit my Motion Graphics Blog

 

About

This page gives an overview of the online freelance 3D portfolio.

 

Contact

The contact page contains tools for enquiring about a freelance 3D project you may be considering as well as my email and postal address.

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Curriculum Vitae

Achievements

  • 2007: Record holder; only student awarded 100% for a single piece of work, ever.
  • 2005: Graduated with the highest score in the country.
  • 2004: Sole college representative in multimedia category of national skills challenge.
  • < 2003: Winner of numerous art and design competitions.
 

Qualifications

2011 - 2013
(MA) Master of Creative Media
  • Collaborative Practice
  • Transitional Skills
  • Working with Clients
  • Skills within Context
  • Specialist Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Research Applications

2005 - 2007
HND Computing
  • Distinction: Project
  • Distinction: Application Development 2
  • Distinction: Web Systems Development
  • Distinction: Audio Visual Computing 2
  • Distinction: Multimedia Systems Development

2005 - 2007
Post Graduate Certificate in Education / Certificate in Education
  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2
  • Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Reflective Practice in the Learning and Skills Sector 2
  • Reflective Practice in the Learning and Skills Sector
  • Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Evaluation
  • The Organisation and the Individual
  • Passport to Teaching
  • Preparing for Testing

2004 - 2005
Microsoft certification MCP-MCSE
  • Managing and maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Networks (MCP 2151)

2004 - 2005
HNC Computing year 2
  • Distinction: Network OS principles and administration
  • Distinction: Web development and management
  • Distinction: Event driven programming
  • Distinction: Graphic design and 3D computer animation

2003 - 2004
HNC Computing year 1
  • Distinction: Computer systems and network principles
  • Distinction: Multimedia and web development
  • Distinction: Multimedia and web Authoring
  • Distinction: Object orientated programming
  • Distinction: Information systems development

Miscellaneous Qualifications
  • European Computer Driving License
  • Information Technology National Traineeship
  • NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Using I.T.
  • Key skills levels 1, 2 and 3
  • 9 GCSE's all grade C and above

Non related Qualifications
  • Remote Emergency Care (Emergency first aid)
  • Single Pitch Award (Rock climbing instructor)
  • Mountain Leader award (Assessment not yet taken)
 

Professional

01/10/05 - Present
Lecturer at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
Lecturing at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, graded as one of the very best colleges in the UK by Government Inspectors. Delivering the following subjects:
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Studio Max
  • Computer Game Development
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Visual Programming
  • Application Development
  • Web Design
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Flash
  • Digital Photography
  • ActionScript
  • HTML
  • CSS

01/10/04 - 15/06/05
I.T. Facilitator at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
Providing one-to-one support to students of all ages and experience and assisting lecturers in delivering qualifications such as Web Design, Flash, Illustrator, Fireworks and Aspire Multimedia.

01/04/04 - 20/10/04
Software Developer for Ball & Boyd Ltd
Duties included but were not limited to:
  • Installing and maintaining the local network
  • Designing and implementing the company web site
  • Creating and managing the company database
  • Developing software for online auctions
  • Liaising with business partners
 
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