About: Enrolled at the Art Institute of Portland in the motion graphics and visual effects program. He also does freelance motion work and just finished compositing at Bent Image Lab on a series of commercials that will be running over the holiday season.
Looking at the talent present in his work, you might be surprised to know that Jesse is new to the mograph industry.
"I blindly stumbled upon motion work years ago and was just blown away by it. The thought of mixing so many different art forms together into something so expressive and fun got me really excited."
From that point on, Jesse buckled down and started teaching himself the necessary programs to use to do motion work of his own. He never had any intention of trying to make a career out of designing, and just wanted to do it because it looked fun. Jesse is currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Portland in the motion graphics and visual effects program and also does freelance motion work and compositing.
"I really am excited that I made the decision to pursue motion design as something more than a hobby. It can be really intimidating when you look at the work of some of the big motion design houses because at first it’s hard to even imagine ever being on that level, but in the end you really just have to learn to love your own flavor of work no matter what it’s."
Jesse has been taking on a ton lately. As much as possible. He just finished compositing at Bent Image Lab on a series of commercials that will be running over the holiday season, and is also working on a project for Nike. For the most part, he’s trying to concentrate on school, do a little freelance work and find time to work on his own projects on the side.
"I really feel like the best way to get my creative juices flowing is to take on as much as I can at once."
For the past six months, Jesse has been using his Wacom Intuos pretty heavily. Once he got over his mouse separation anxiety, the Intuos has been his trusty go-to.
"Once you get the hang of it, the amount of control and precision you gain really is remarkable. I’ve been doing a lot of digital matte painting lately and it really wouldn’t be possible without using the tablet."
Well said. Jesse has found something he really loves doing in motion graphics and we love that he’s taking the time to join us. He’s been hunting for creative outlets and the Power of the Pens is just what the doctor ordered.
This piece is for the most part a glorified style frame from a motion piece I was working on. Initially the piece was going to be of a cycle through the four seasons and this just ended up being where I stopped. I started with a couple of photographs and then the addition of the windmill. I made the windmill and the "ribbon" in Maya, which is a 3D program and did all the texturing for it by painting UV maps in Photoshop using the tablet. Then I roughly matched the lighting from the photos to the 3D and rendered out and added those elements, painting in the backlighting in the scene for a better fit. From there I just kept putting in little touches like the icicles, frost and dandelions from within Photoshop. Trying to paint in details in Photoshop using a mouse is almost a completely wasted effort, but the tablet lets you add fine detail really easily.