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Nikole McDonald-Jones
Nikole McDonald-Jones
Concept & Game Artist
Raleigh, United States of America

Summary

Sit, have a Cup of Coffee with me,
Name’s Nik…
As an industry professional, I bring zest, practical storytelling, and a vast skill set. Since I've learned a fair bit about most topics, not only are you getting trained art skills but also YEARS of personal research and knowledge all packed into your assignment.
As I am in relentless pursuit of excellence, this Portfolio is updated bi-monthly with new completed work.
I am a conceptual artist, sequential artist, and an all around creative, excited to display my love for storytelling and artistry.
A terrific sense of humor is my main way of making friends and passing the time with colleagues. I work well within a circle of creatives (though am comfortable working alone at my drawing table), I gain much joy spattering about ideas and doodles, panels and dialogue with a group of artists and writers to ultimately tell a special tale. This is why I love games. Creation is intoxicating.
Alongside my artistic skill, I have a healthy active acting/directing ability. I am a voice actor and a musical talent; these skills all come into creating and telling an effective story, I find.

Here I will provide a short skill overview:
visual arts; such as illustration, design, sequential art
musical arts; such as musical arrangement, piano & percussion, sound design & mixing
Performing arts; voice acting, mic control & dynamics, set design & construction
hardware skills; power tools, computers, printing machines
software skills; Adobe, Autodesk, MicrosoftOffice
handicrafts skills; jewelry, leatherwork incl. armour & holsters, seamstress work
creative writing skills; novels, poetry, songwriting
reliance skills; fire starting, water collection & purification, small game hunting
people skills; listening, prompt, courteous
physical skills; martial arts, weapons training, yoga, dance & massage

Skills

IllustrationComic ArtConcept ArtGame DesignTable Top Games DesignCharacter DesignBook Cover IllustrationVisual DevelopmentTraditional ArtQuest WritingDigital PaintingGraphic DesignBrandingQuality Assurance

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
SketchBook Pro
SketchBook Pro
After Effects
After Effects
Premiere
Premiere
Audition
Audition
Word
Word
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
Excel
Excel

Reel

Productions

  • Godsspoken
    • Board & Card Games
      Drive Thru: Dungeons and Dragons Character Illustration
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Illustrator
    • Company
      Dread Unicorn Games
  • Untitled 2
    • Board & Card Games
      The 13th Age Character Illustration
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Illustrator
    • Company
      Dread Unicorn Games: 13th age
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    • Book
      Heaven: Comic Companion Book to the Game
    • Year
      2014
    • Role
      Comic Artist (20pgs)
    • Company
      genesis works

Experience

  • Seasonal Support Representative at Ubisoft
    Morrisville, NC, United States of America
    May 2018 - Present

    My natural charismatic personality and practiced expertise have afforded me the ability to craft creative troubleshooting methods stemming from my deep technical knowledge and rich history with many gaming platforms. My speed, manner and accuracy are evidenced by great player feedback for the efficient support I’ve rendered.

  • GameMaster at Alamo Drafthouse
    Raleigh, United States of America
    March 2018 - Present

    To craft exciting game nights for fun loose social play or hardcore rules crunching madness. I am in part a performer, able to gather a crowd warm them to gameplay and stimulate their minds for fun. And in the other part, a competent, present, knowledgeable rules repository.

  • Designer, Lead Concept Artist at Empower Game Studios
    raleigh, United States of America
    January 2018 - Present

    Designer and artist for an Independent Video Game studio focusing on Multiplayer RPG experiences.

  • Illustrator at Dread Unicorn Games
    raleigh, United States of America
    January 2016 - Present

    Ongoing Freelance assignments producing Cover & Interior Illustrations for their TTRPG 5th Edition D&D Resource Guide and TTRPG 13th Age Resource Guides.

  • Freelance Illustrator at spooniartwork/fullarmour
    richmond
    August 2002 - Present

    I complete Freelance works