Concept Artist

Resume and Contact

Leslie Minnis

leslieminnis@aol.com

-high resolution images upon request

   Professional Experience

Freelance Work

White Wolf Games, Atlanta, GA –2017

Concept Artist/Illustrator – Project in progress

Designed and Illustrator mood/story boards for a photoshoot to later be released in print.

Worldwake Games, Austin, TX –2015

Concept Artist – Project released

Worked in the initial stages of game development on 4 main characters designs within a modern magic society.

Blue Glow Games, San Francisco, CA –2015

Concept Artist and 2D Animator– Project not released

Worked on animation team to develop mobile key frame animations, as well as numerous character designs for a historically accurate Ninja and Samurai game.

Idol Minds, Denver, CO –2015

Concept Artist– Project released

Worked under Art Director to develop numerous game characters for sci-fi future Socialist utopia.

Warren Tusk, Pittsburgh, PA –2012-2014

Freelance Illustrator– The New Tarot

Illustrated full 78-card tarot deck, including cover and borders. Used the project creator’s friends in the context of each card, with the aim of realism in a fantastical world.

Fence Books– 2007

Illustrator- Bad Bad (Book)

Illustrated the cover of a magnificent book of poems, as well as provided an interior drawing based on the author’s description.

http://books.google.com/books/about/Bad_bad.html?id=HV6xAAAAIAAJ

Sony Entertainment, Denver, CO- 2007

Concept ArtistLegends of Norrath (Trading Cards)

Illustrated 30 trading cards that were later submitted for print.

Hidden Kingdom, CA- 2006

Freelance IllustratorAngel Trading Cards (Trading Cards)

Illustrated four trading cards that were later submitted for print.

Wizards of the Coast, Renton, WA- 2004

Freelance Concept Artist & IllustratorDungeons & Dragons (Monster Manual)

Drew five fantastical creatures from provided descriptions.

Wizards of the Coast, Renton, WA- 2004

Freelance Concept Artist & IllustratorStar Wars: Ultimate Adversaries (Book)

Drew five fantastical creatures from provided descriptions.

New Riders Publishing / Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA- 2004

Freelance IllustratorCreating Emotion in Games (Book)

Produced a single illustration showcased in an introduction to the chapter “Interesting Techniques”, and the second image printed in the Glossary. http://books.google.com/books?id=gC7oAV_ZTSkC&pg=PA509&lpg=PA509&dq=creating+emotion+in+games+leslie+minnis&source=bl&ots=gypr0RV-sP&sig=vmg0DAOlAyfKupqGhd-qJXbtSXg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vyz3ULzvAajy0wHYloEQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=creating%20emotion%20in%20games%20leslie%20minnis&f=false

Massive Black, San Francisco, CA- 2004

Freelance Concept Illustrator Unknown project

I assisted in the concept and costume of a female character.

Full Time Positions

CCPGames, Atlanta, GA

2008 – 2011

Concept Artist and Costume DesignerWorld of Darkness-Eve Online (PC MMOs)

Developed modern vampire and sci-fi characters and costumes, as well as created turnarounds for 3D models for assests as part of the Art and Fashion team. Also, worked with fashion team to create virtual runway show for NY’s “Zombie Boy”.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/01/fashion/for-fashion-week-designers-start-to-see-in-3-d.html?_r=0

Net Devil Games, Louisville, CO

2004 – 2005

Concept ArtistAuto Assault (PC MMO)

Worked with Game Designers to develop characters, creatures, environments, vehicles, and architecture, as well as completed any turnarounds or textures that were needed for final production. Finally, contributed to marketing images such as posters and storyboards for the trailer.

Hypernova Games, Aurora, CO

2001-2003

Lead Concept ArtistMoons of Arksyra (Role Playing Game)

Helped to develop the foundational aesthetic of the game, including characters, creatures, environments, weapons, and architecture, as well as completed numerous turnarounds.

Personal Projects

Gallery 4-2015

A solo fine art show featuring Echoroad, the graphic novel. The show displayed 5 large printed canvases, one of each Issue of the finished visual stories. There were also 5 smaller prints, one of each of the Issue covers, and the finished comics as they appeared connected in their respective process. There were also six oil paintings from the previous art show with the gallery. All paintings and installations were drawn from collaged photographs taken of handmade sets and costumes.

Kickstarter Project- Echoroad-2013-2014

Created and developed character descriptions, backstory, story outline, and finished writing in a few of the comics, for 5 comic issues total. Conceptualized all character design, costumes, environments, and objects for project. Storyboarded, illustrated, colored, and added text and titles for entire graphic novel set. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180695532/echoroad-the-graphic-novel

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts-2013-2014

Assisted Art teacher to put together lesson plans, and teach children how to harness artistic skill and vision. Had a seasonal role in the gallery shop, responsible for sales of gallery art as well as crafts created by local artists.

Gallery 4-2013

A solo fine art show depicting eight oil paintings. All paintings and installations were drawn from collaged photographs taken of handmade sets and costumes made and developed by myself.   http://www.thegallery4.us/

Color Me Mine-2013

I taught arts and crafts, with the help of an assistant, to around thirty children in a five week summer camp called Summer Dreamers. Many of the children were under privileged or had academic difficulties. The task was to keep the attendance high through fun and exciting projects and to help the kids catch up in their writing abilities for the coming school year.   http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/SummerCamp

Andenken Gallery-2008

A solo fine art show depicting five oil paintings drawn from handmade sets and costumes, as well as installations of the handmade crafts made and developed by myself.   http://denverarts.org/local_exhibits/leslie_minnis_at_andenken

Education

The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO- 2003

B.S. in Multimedia Arts & Animation

Awarded “Outstanding Achievement” of class of 2003

References available upon request

 

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4 responses

  1. Rachel

    Leslie,
    You are amazing! You need to come talk to the students I work with. I work at and Art and Design School in Santa Fe NM. I always rmember your incredible and amazing art and ideas, you were always such an inspiration! Hope you are well!
    Rachel (King) Gantt

    February 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm

  2. This is Rajas P. owner of Brahma Playing cards which manufactures high quality card games, playing cards, tarot cards etc. I am frequent at kickstarter and we have completed few projects on kickstarter. We would like to give you a free no obligation quote on manufacturing The New Tarot .

    Kindly let us know how we can Mr. Warran Rusk reach directly.

    Best,
    Rajas P.
    Owner,
    http://www.brahmaplayingcards.com

    June 3, 2012 at 6:55 am

  3. Wow, I’m speechless. Your artwork is so amazing on so many levels. I remember quite a bit of this stuff from the ND days.

    -Jerry Meyer

    February 6, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    • Thanks Jerry, I miss those ND days..Hope I get to see you soon and what you’ve been working on.

      March 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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