Todd S. Marshall

Champaign, IL, USA
Todd S. Marshall has been creating concept art and illustrations in the entertainment industry for over 23 years. He has excelled in many roles, most recently serving 11 years in the gaming world, including Lead Artist at Sunstorm Inc., Art Director for Sinister Games (Ubisoft), and Senior Concept Artist for Volition, Inc (THQ). Throughout this time, Todd has garnered growing recognition for his ability to bring conceptual ideas to life.

In addition to his most recent work in the gaming industry, Todd, one of the leading paleolife-illustrators in the world, has been working alongside Dr. Paul Sereno, Ph.D., University of Chicago and National Geographic Society’s Paleontologist Explorer-in-Residence, to reconstruct newly discovered prehistoric animals to science. Todd’s multi-media paleo-art has been featured in academic science journals, television specials, and documentaries around the world. Natural history museums, such as the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History, have displayed Todd’s work to a worldwide audience.

Todd’s growing popularity has made him the artist of choice for many scientific promotional and educational programs. His recognized and accredited works include winning the prestigious John J. Lazendorf Award for “Best 2-D Paleo-Artist of 2005”, by The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Marshall’s illustrations have also been published in National Geographic (China, Australia, South America, Europe, and US), Science Illustrated, Discovery, and Science magazines. Todd’s love for science and education may shine most brightly in his work with Project Exploration, a nonprofit outreach organization dedicated to bringing the excitement of scientific discovery to the public and providing innovative educational opportunities for inner city children.

Before Todd honed in on his passion for paleo-art, he spent a number of years perfecting his artistic talents in Los Angeles. His work ranged from airbrushing motorcycle tanks for some of Hollywood’s elite clubs to designing album covers for hard rock bands that will forever leave their mark on the industry. He earned his B.A. in Illustration and Fine Arts at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Throughout his training, Todd learned that the greatest teachers are often fellow artists. That lesson was reinforced as he was being mentored by Mark “Crash” McCreery, one of the supreme motion picture concept artists of our time, at Stan Winston’s Special Effects Studio. Crash not only took him under his wing for some big-name projects, but he also taught Todd the importance of using his imagination and talent to convey through art what most people could only dream.
Experience
Champaign, IL, USA
Oct 2004Apr 2011
Senior Concept Artist
• DAILY MANAGEMENT OF ALL CONCEPT ART ASSETS AND ARTISTS
• SCHEDULING OF ALL CONCEPT ART ASSETS
• HELPING ART DIRECTOR ESTABLISH OVERALL VISUAL LOOK FOR NEXT GENERATION GAMES
• CONDUCTING STAFF REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS FOR NEW ART TEAM CANDIDATES
• HELPED WITH ART DIRECTION FOR ART ASSETS CREATION WITH MODELERS, RIGGERS, ANIMATORS, AND TEXTURE ARTISTS.
• 2D CONCEPT DESIGN FOR CHARACTERS, ENVIRONMENTS, VEHICLES, AND WEAPONS FOR NEXT GENERATION GAMES
• CONTRIBUTED WITH ORIGINAL STORY CREATION AND DESIGN FOR AAA GAME TITLES.
Raleigh, NC, USA
2002 2003
Sinister Games (Ubi Soft)
Studio Art Director
• OVERSEEING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ALL ART-RELATED TASKS THROUGH DAILY MANAGEMENT OF ALL CONTENT ARTISTS: PROVIDING OVERALL DIRECTION TO THE TEAM, INDIVIDUAL TASK ASSIGNMENT, FEEDBACK ON PERFORMANCE & QUALITY OFWORK
• SCHEDULING AND ESTABLISHING VISUAL DIRECTION AND STANDARDS
• CONDUCTING STAFF REVIEWS
• HIRING NEW ARTISTS TO THE TEAM
Indianapolis, IN, USA
2000 2002
SunStorm Interactive
Lead Artist
• OVERSEEING SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ALL ART-RELATED TASKS THROUGH DAILY MANAGEMENT OF ALL CONTENT ARTISTS: PROVIDING OVERALL DIRECTION TO THE TEAM, INDIVIDUAL TASK ASSIGNMENT, FEEDBACK ON PERFORMANCE & QUALITY OFWORK
• SCHEDULING AND ESTABLISHING VISUAL DIRECTION AND STANDARDS
• CONDUCTING STAFF REVIEWS
• HIRING NEW ARTISTS TO THE TEAM
Los Angles, CA, USA
1987Present
Owner of Marshall's Art
I'm very proud to have produced concept art and illustrated for some of the top digital gaming companies, special effects studios, and major record labels. Also, following my childhood dream to be a professional paleo-life artist... reconstructing new animals to science and to the public. Working with the top paleontologists in the world.
Education
Pasadena, CA, USA
1996 1999
BA in Illustration and Fine Art
After illustrating in Hollywood for eight years working with the top companies in the music industry; creating album covers for major rock acts... I wanted to expand into the motion picture industry and whatever my lie a head in my life. It was time to get very serious about my artwork and try to learn as much as i could about 'art', my passion, my life.
The ArtCenter College of Design was the best thing to ever happen to me, in my life.
Awards
2005
John J. Lazendorf Award for Best 2D Paleo-Illustrator 2005
Skills
 
TRADITIONAL MIXED MEDIUMS: AIRBRUSHING, Acrylic, oil, gouache, Graphite, Pen and Ink, WATERCOLOR. CONDUCT TESTS. CONSULT WITH MANAGERS OR OTHER PERSONNEL. CREATE COMMERCIAL, Graphic, OR ILLUSTRATIVE ARTWORK. CREATE CHARACTER, CREATURE, VEHICLE, Weapons, ENVIRONMENT STRUCTURES AND MOOD CONCEPT DESIGN. CREATE DECORATIVE TEXTURES, CREATE PASTE-UPS, CREATE ROUGH SKETCHES, CREATE SCULPTURAL 3D ARTWORK IN WAX, OIL CLAYS. CREATE SIGNS AND DISPLAYS. CREATE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS. RESTORE AND REPAIR ARTIFACTS OR ARTWORK. SAND OF FORM MODEL TO DESIRED SHAPE. STUDY APPROPRIATE STYLES.
Skills
 
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CORAL PAINTER IX, (LIMITED) 3D STUDIO MAX/CHARACTER SHOP, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook
Skills
 
MULTI-MEDIA ARTISTS AND ANIMATOR ART DIRECTION: CONFER WITH PRODUCERS, COORDINATE SET DESIGNS, HELP DESIGN SPECIAL EFFECTS, DETERMINE TYPE AND SPEED OF PRODUCTION, DEVELOP CONCEPTS FOR PRINT MATERIALS OR BACKGROUNDS, character creation, PROP DESIGN AND CREATION, MAKING CHANGES AS NEEDED, PREPARE SEQUENTIAL DRAWINGS. DESIGN, PLAN, PREPARE PAGE LAYOUTS, DRAW AND CREATE ORIGINAL CUSTOMIZED ARTWORK OR ILLUSTRATIONS. ESTABLISH COSTS, FORMULATE VISUAL CONCEPTS, MANAGE OR MAINTAIN BUDGETS. PLAN, CONDUCT, OR ANALYZE RESEARCH. PREPARE ART, Photograph, COPY OR PASTE UP LAYOUTS. REVIEW OR APPROVE ART MATERIAL. SELECT ART THEMES. SUPERVISE, MONITOR OR COORDINATE PERSONNEL. WRITE INSTRUCTION TEXT OR MANUALS. PROVIDED LECTURES AND CLASSES CONCEPT CREATION TECHNIQUES.
Skills
 
THEMED ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN (SETS AND EXHIBITS): ASSIGN AND PREPARE WORK SCHEDULES, DUTIES, TASKS, OR RESPONSIBILITIES, COMMUNICATE WITH ADMINISTRATORS, COMPLETE SCALE DRAWINGS, CONSTRUCT EXHIBITS, CONSTRUCT PRODUCTION SETS, DESIGN EXHIBITS, DESIGN MOVIE, television, THEATER SETS, DESIGN PRODUCTION SETS, PREPARE ROUGH DRAFTS AND SETS OR EXHIBITS, READ SCRIPTS OR SCREENPLAYS, AND UNDERSTAND BUDGETS. PROVIDED LECTURES AND CLASSES ON AIRBRUSHING AND PAINTING TECHNIQUES.
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