Tamara Orlova
Tamara Orlova
Procedural Technical Artist @ Parallel Domain | MBA
Vancouver, Canada

Summary

I am a technical artist at Electronic Arts (EA). I have 4 years of experience in gaming industry with 2 shipped titles and 3 years of experience as a strategy and technology consultant.

I possess excellent artistic and technical skills demonstrated through proficiency in Maya, Unity, Substance Designer, Marmoset, Photoshop, Zbrush, 3DCoat, Houdini, Unreal, and Substance. I am flexible with any program.

I have been awarded with Technical Arts Advanced Diploma with distinction from BCIT. I have learned how to make procedural and automation tools in Maya with Python, create shaders in Unreal, simulate and model in Houdini, develop an asset validation and publishing pipeline, make games in Unreal with blueprint visual scripting, and create procedural materials in Substance Designer.

In addition, I have 3 years as a technology consultant and am an SFU (Simon Fraser University) MBA (Master of Business Administration) graduate. As a consultant, I have analyzed and improved business processes and shared expertise by coaching junior members. This experience has proved to be useful in managing art team workflow. I strive to help artists maximize their potential and performance, and driving solutions to problems and opportunities.

After relocating to Canada, I decided to switch my career and broke into the entertainment industry. I am amazed by the hard work and dedication that goes into creating products that keep players engaged.

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Skills

Python ScriptingShaders3D ModelingMayatechnical arthoudiniunreal engineDigital SculptingEnvironment ModelingTexturingTexture BakingHand PaintedStylisedtech artunrealVisual Scripting

Software proficiency

Maya
Maya
ZBrush
ZBrush
3DCoat
3DCoat
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Photoshop
Photoshop
Unity
Unity
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
xNormal
xNormal
Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro
Unreal
Unreal
Confluence
Confluence
Houdini
Houdini
Monday
Monday
Mari
Mari
Substance 3D Designer
Substance 3D Designer
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
Perforce
Perforce
Python
Python
C#
C#
Jira
Jira
Frostbite Engine
Frostbite Engine

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Productions

  • Fifacover
    • Video Game
      FIFA 22
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Technical Artist
    • Company
      Electronic Arts (EA)
  • Hothead airport colver
    • Mobile Game
      Turbulence Tycoon
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      3D Generalist
    • Company
      Hothead Games
  • Neopets coverart
    • Mobile Game
      Neopets: Island Builders
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Assistant Lead Artist
    • Company
      JumpStart Games / FluffyDog Studio

Experience

  • Technical Artist at Electronic Arts (EA)
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 2021 - Present

    [ Shipped AAA title FIFA22 ]

    • Being a bridge between artists, engineers and designers responsible for data design and content production workflows

    • Creating and improving art production workflows and pipelines by evaluating current tools and identifying inefficiencies

    • Resolving technical issues that arise on a project, and ensuring that artist requests are followed through to a resolution

    • Developing and maintaining tools in Python, C# for Maya, Photoshop, Substance Designer, and proprietary technology

  • 3D Generalist at Hothead Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    January 2021 - March 2021

    • Created mobile game assets in accordance with the artistic direction, production deadlines and technical specifications

    • Integrated assets into game engine, verifying the quality of objects in the game, and making improvements where necessary

    • Collaborated closely with the programmers to define technically and visually satisfying solutions

  • Assistant Lead Artist at JumpStart Games
    Vancouver, Canada
    March 2019 - January 2021

    [ Shipped mobile title Neopets: Island Builders ]

    • Partnered with internal and external stakeholders, such as art, UX, dev, QA, design teams, and contractors to ensure the quality and timeliness of all deliverables are met.

    • Obtained insights with SQL and Power BI, and used KPIs to set product success goals and inform necessary changes to the game

    • Scheduled the project and maintaining planning foresight

    • Maintained effective informational flow and collaboration to ensure the team members are aligned with the project objectives

    • Actively participated to the constant improvement of work methods and pipelines

    • Shared knowledge and recommending best practices in working with game engine and 3D assets

    • Ensured that produced and integrated assets respect the artistic vision of the game and meet the quality standards

    • Created complete world environments including landscapes, buildings, and individual objects. This includes 3d modeling in Maya, UV mapping, texturing, lighting and exporting to Unity engine

    • Sculpted stylised characters in Zbrush, retoped, and textured with hand-painted technique in 3DCoat

    • Guided art to meet product goals by creating Unity project structure, naming conventions, documentation

    • Wrote shaders using node-based shader creation tools such as Amplify for various visual effects, such as stylized water, clouds, crystals, and sand

    • Organized art department workflow, assigned and prioritized tasks, planned sprints, holding product meetings

    • Generated ideas and solutions that are creative, inviting, and enhance the appeal of a game

    • Created artwork for many phases of the production process including marketing and other promotional materials

  • 3D Artist at SteamLabs Incorporated
    Vancouver, Canada
    June 2018 - March 2019

    • Developed full educational online courses for Udemy in digital sculpting, texturing, and real-time rendering

    • Contributed on production in Unity and Unreal Engine for VR Oculus Go

    • Designed layout models for a famous theme park

    • Reviewed external assets and adjusted them to meet quality standards and to function correctly in-game

    • Optimized assets for a game with efficient retopology and UV mapping

    • Made 3D game assets from concept art with high and low poly modeling, sculpting, texture and vertex painting

    • Created tillable BPR textures made solely in Substance Designer for an in-house game project

    • Prepared models with baking, UV Layout, and lighting, and presented them with rigged animation

  • Business Consultant at BearingPoint
    November 2013 - December 2016

    • Programmed databases with SQL and integrated IT systems; shared expertise by coaching junior members

    • Participated in several projects in strategy consulting with optimisation of business processes and in implementing the ERP system.

    • Attained a sufficient level of experience in strategy consulting, business management, became accustomed to a highly-paced workflow, working with clients, ERP Oracle Order Management, and SQL.

    • Optimised clients’ processes within management consulting and Oracle ERP system implementation projects: gathered client requirements and analysed data, wrote functional designs for developers, conducted user trainings, documented procedures, introduced ERP into client work flow, provided support and built client presentations

    • Shared expertise and created a cohesive team environment by supervising junior members through internal trainings and mentoring

    • Additional courses: BeSchool (Case Study, Soft Skills Development), BearingPoint SAP ERP Academy