High School Student to Rookies Young Gun

Hi my name is Jonathan Lampal and I was The Rookies (formally known as the CG Student Awards) winner for the Young Guns category back in 2014.

That was for High School students and I was just finishing up High School and getting ready for college, so it was absolutely perfect timing.

I actually found out about the awards on Twitter after someone I followed posted about it and after reading through what it was, I knew I had to give it a try.

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Since then I’ve been working at CG Cookie alongside the instructors they’re doing 3d modeling and texturing of environment work and game design, so it’s been a lot of fun.

I definitely love working there because I’m learning a lot every day, so for anyone who’s on the fence I would say absolutely go for it.  It definitely opens doors and just beyond the prizes the pressure of putting together a real that I knew would be judged by industry professionals really motivated me to do my best work.

Author: Alwyn Hunt

Alwyn has a background in fine arts and has been in the industry for over 15 years. He has worked at a number of studios around the world including Sony Imageworks, The Moving Picture Company, Double Negative, Animal Logic, and Weta Digital.


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