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Steven M Nelson

Senior Effects Artist at Blizzard Entertainment

Orange County, California Area
Computer Games
  1. Blizzard Entertainment
  1. ZeniMax Online Studios,
  2. Foundation 9 entertainment,
  3. Vicarious Visions
  1. Savannah College of Art and Design
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Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment

Senior Visual Effects Artist

– Present

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Zenimax Online Titles:
08/11 - 6/14
-Elder Scrolls Online : Senior FX Artist - All kinds of crazy stuff

Foundation 9
04/10 - 08/11
-Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat - Wii, PS3, 360 : Lead FX Artist
-Warlords - PSN, 360 Arcade : Lead FX Artist
-Kung Fu Panda 2 - Wii, PS3, 360 : Lead FX Artist
-Unannounced - PSN, 360 Arcade : Additional FX Art (Canceled)
-Marvel Superhero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet - Wii, PS3, 360 : Additional FX Art.

· Work with the senior art management to help set the direction for the art department within the company.
· Develop assets that will set artistic benchmarks on a project to project basis.
· Work with graphics programmers to identify technology needs
· Coordinate the FX artists and outsourcing to cover all projects in the studio, up to 12 projects.

Vicarious Visions
05/04 - 08/11
-Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - Xbox 360, PS3 : Senior FX Artist : in game and cutscene
-Spiderman 3 - Nintendo Wii, PS2, and PSP : Senior Animator : cutscene
-17 Handheld Titles - lead animator, animator, FX, modeling, rigging, texturing.

· Help set goals for the art department as part of the senior art team.
· Co-head of the cross discipline group that is responsible for improving communication between disciplines.
Work with graphics programmers to identify technology needs.

· Visual Effects
· Character Animation
· Modeling, Kit-Bash, Rigging, Animation, and Texturing for VFX
· Node based shader creation
· Fluid Simulation
· Destruction / Physics
· Cinematics

-Maya / Maya Fluids
-3D Max / Character Studio / RayFire Object destruction and simulation
-After Effects
-UDK Cascade
-Unity Particle
-Fork Particle


Senior Visual Effects Artist

Blizzard Entertainment
– Present (4 months)

Senior Visual Effects Artist

ZeniMax Online Studios
(2 years 10 months)Hunt Valley, MD

Senior Visual Effects Artist

Foundation 9 entertainment
(1 year 5 months)Kirkland, Wa

Responsible for the visual quality of all effects for the studio. (up to 12 projects)
Created and managed the FX pool, responsible for creating assets across all projects.
Worked with Art management to set the studio wide direction for the art staff.
Co-developed a production practice for the studio for scheduling and tasking out entire teams.
Art direction for both internal (FX pool) and external (Outsourcing) FX development.
Evaluated new FX tools as well as provided feedback on FX tools improvement and graphics tech.

Senior Animator/ Fx Artist

Vicarious Visions
(2 years 1 month)


3D Artist / Lead Animator

Vicarious Visions
(4 years)


Sheperds Pie
(1 year)

Freelance Animator

SWI Games
(5 months)

Created assets for a video game. Including, models, textures, and animations.

Freelance Animator

Soren Superfilm
(1 month)

Cleaned up motion capture data. Created animations to replace motion capture data that was unusable. Project was for an online nike soccer game.



  • Visual Effects
  • Character Animation
  • 3D Studio Max
  • Maya
  • After Effects
  • Fork Particles
  • Unreal Cascade
  • Photoshop
  • Character Studio
  • Agile
  • Texturing
  • Rigging
  • Xbox 360
  • PS3
  • Wii
  • Perforce
  • MMO
  • Fluid Simulation
  • Animation
  • Video Games
  • Game Development
  • Game Design
  • Gameplay
  • 3D
  • Concept Design
  • Console
  • Level Design
  • Computer Games
  • Art
  • Cinematics
  • Modeling
  • Motion Capture
  • Particle Effects
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