Les Garner
Les Garner
Professional illustrator, 3D modeller, animator
Morehead, KY, United States

About

Beginning my professional art career at the tender age of 19, plugging away at the indy comic book art markets, I eventually added airbrushing, commercial illustration, storyboarding and advertising to my list of credits. Having worked as a professional artist in a wide variety of fields since fresh out of high school, I've have the awesome opportunity to build a set of skills that began with the traditional and embraced the digital and 3D mediums right as they were first becoming available outside of the larger studios like ILM and Pixar. This vantage point has allowed my abilities to grow in parallel with and mature alongside the world of CG imaging, graphic design and animation in a way that brings experience, perspective and understanding of the art forms that only the serendipity of having entering them when I did could allow. Through the years I've worn just about every hat the world of digital art and animation has to offer: graphic designer, print layout technician, screen and offset print production artist, character designer, technical director, lead and production model and texture artist, director, teacher, and owner of my studio, Sixus1 Media, where,we maintained an ongoing roster of artists and projects for 19 years, the last few years of which were spent working with my incredibly talented son, Killian.

Having found myself finally satisfied with what was achieved acting as "Sixus1", I am now taking an extended hiatus from the name and much of the studio operations to explore the opportunities that may be found in the versatility and freedom of acting as a solo, independent artist, and what growth may come through that pursuit. I am anxious to find new and interesting projects, clients or positions where my skills and experience may make for a positive contribution.

Skills

Anatomy3D ModelingCharacter ModelingFacial Rigging & AnimationProp ModelingRiggingTexturingCharacter DesignCharacter AnimationSequential ArtTeam ManagementComic ArtProject ManagementVideo Production

Software proficiency

3ds Max
3ds Max
Blender
Blender
DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio
Illustrator
Illustrator
Maya
Maya
Photoshop
Photoshop
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
Substance Designer
Substance Designer
Vue
Vue
ZBrush
ZBrush
Flash
Flash
Boujou
Boujou
Poser
Poser
Substance B2M
Substance B2M

Experience

  • Owner/Producer/Artist/Animator at Sixus1 Media
    Cincinnati, United States of America
    January 2000 - Present

    Sixus1 Media is the studio name under which I've worked since late 2000, providing freelance design, art direction, illustration and animation services to a variety of clientelle ranging from other small, independent studios, to corporate projects with clients such as IBM, Formula One Racing and Sony BMG.

  • Contractor, 3D Character/Creature/Clothing Production at Renderosity
    Murfreesboro, TN, United States of America
    March 2001 - Present

    Creation of various 3D assets including characters, character designs, costume designs, 3D technical production/character rigging, as well as graphic materials for product marketing

  • Contractor, 3D Character/Creature/Clothing Production at Daz Productions
    Draper, Utah, United States of America
    August 2016 - Present

    Creation of various 3D assets including characters, character designs, costume designs, 3D technical production/character rigging, as well as graphic materials for product marketing

  • Director of Artist Development at CGBytes
    Toronto, Canada
    January 2014 - June 2016

    Provide art direction and technical assistance to artists acting as vendors in the CGBytes marketplace; help guide art direction for company promotional materials; built and maintained the company Youtube channel including a weekly live streaming art seminar providing in depth instruction on an exhaustive array of 3D art production subjects.

  • 3D Collectibles Sculptor at Collapse Industries
    Pensacola, Florida, United States of America
    January 2016 - Present

    Contractor providing 3D sculpting services in the development of statuary for the resin kit collectible market.

  • 3D artist, animator at Haberlin Studios/Anomaly Productions
    San Diego, California, United States of America
    March 2012 - November 2014

    Regularly contracted to contribute 3D modeling, animation, character rigging/technical direction for comic book/graphic novel production and mobile augmented reality applications through the Unity game engine.

  • Contractor, 3D Character Development at Smith Micro (Formerly E-Frontier USA, formerly Curious Labs)
    Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
    March 2004 - January 2009

    Through various corporate ownership changers, provided end to end development of 3D character assets, design and software consulting for Poser 3D software packages. Also provded extensive concept, modeling, rigging, morph sculpting, texturing and render/final art asset production.

  • 3d artist/animator/Technical Director at Renegade Media/Renga Media Ltd. UK
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    June 2008 - February 2016

    *Character concept artist

    *Technical Director in charge of character modeling, texturing, rigging

    *Animation Director/Animator

  • 3D miniatures sculptor at Torn Worlds Gaming
    Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    January 2013 - August 2013

    Contractor providing 3D sculpting services in the development of miniatures for table top gaming.