Matthew Johnson

Freelance Digital Artist & Artist

Location:Cicero, Illinois, United States
2 Skills
MATTHEW L. JOHNSON Character Artist
5746 North Kenmore Ave Apt 402 Chicago, IL 60660 248.421.3165


As a Character Artist I strive to deliver innovative, unique and high quality assets within the entertainment and commercial industry. As a Lead, I am up for any pipeline challenges; I look forward to learning and growing within the studio environment. I enjoy taking on new challenges, inspiring, motivating and mentoring other members of my team.


Lead Character Artist/Designer - Phathom 9/2011-Present

Creating iconic and high quality characters that support current production. Overseeing all aspects of the creation pipeline from characters, assets and animatics. As well as working closely with the Director and Lead Designer, ensuring that all character designs services the script and visual demands. Working closely with the production team, creating schedules for the internal artists and outsourcing groups.

Teacher Assistant and Tutor - The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 1/2010-Present

Preparing lesson materials, demonstrations and present subject matter to students using lectures and discussions. Discussing curriculum breakdowns with classroom teachers to coordinate content delivery. I work with students individually or in small groups helping them to master assignments and reinforce learning concepts presented in their classes.

Freelance Graphic Designer/Freelance 3D Modeler 2006-Present
Delivering fresh and smart designs to clients under strict deadlines.

Freelance Painter 2002-2010
Creating children’s murals using acrylic painting and digital painting techniques.


Vitruvian Fine Art Studio 2010-Attending
Pursuing traditional sculpting skills while studying the human figure

The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago 2007-2012
Pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Game Art and Design

Oakland Technical Center Northwest “Visual Imaging” 2004-2007
Certificates in Graphic Design, 3D Design, and Interactive Media


Maya, 3ds Max, Mental Ray, ZBrush, Photoshop, Marmoset Engine, Unity Engine, Bodypaint, Mari, Shave and a Haircut, xNormal, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Corel Painter X, Alchemy, After Effects, Crazy Bump, Mudbox, and Premiere.

Modeling- Hard surfaces and organic: for games and film; NURBS, subdivisions, and polygon modeling (mainly characters). Multi-million and low-resolution models. Understanding topology, for animation and for form.

Sculpting- Hard surfaces and organic: High frequency sculpting; Traditional and Digital. Strong understanding of silhouette, form, drapery, wrinkles, human anatomy. Thorough understanding of origin
and insertion points, as well as skeletal structure.

Texturing and UV layout: Photo-real/stylized texturing; Hand painted textures or use of photos for textures: AO, cavity, convexity, bump, normal, diffuse, specular, gloss, sub dermal, matcap, multi-shader networks to achieve SSS, high and low resolution textures maps.


Layout design, structuring and modeling sheets, digital drawings and paintings, storyboarding, traditional drawings, and painting skills in various media. Graphic design/photo manipulation, UI, and map design.


President and Cofounder of Ai Modeling Club
Honors and Honors art “AP Portfolio”
National Technical Honors Society
Technical Certificate- Demonstrated competency in the technical, academic and
work behavior skills for a 3D Design.
Most Creative Student – Lake Orion High School
Certificate of Innovation- in recognition of academic excellence and demonstrated leadership skills.
Skills USA Michigan Championship 3D Animation and Visualization - Bronze 2007

References supplied upon request.

MATTHEW L. JOHNSON - Character Artist
5746 North Kenmore Ave Apt 402 Chicago, IL 60660 248.421.3165
Skills (2) Rating
Digital Art