2D Graphics Assistant
… I launched my YouTube channel last year. It’s just a hobby, really. My videos are quite random but a lot are focussed on dyslexia. I’m trying to expand my knowledge on that.
I’m 2D Graphics Assistant here at Makematic. I’m severely dyslexic and that’s why I love what I do – it’s all visual. When people use acronyms, I have no idea what they’re talking about. I’m very nitpicky, so if there is something that’s out of place, even for just a few frames, I’ll notice it.
I was a goody two shoes at school. I didn’t break any rules. I never once got detention or a single note in my book. I was interviewed for Head Girl but I’m not a public speaker, so I turned it down. Then I went to John Moore University in Liverpool to study zoology and dropped out after the first semester. No-one saw that coming.
There was probably a little too much reading and writing involved. It’s much easier for me to think visually, and because both of my parents teach media studies, it felt logical to study for a HNC in Film and TV Production at North West Regional College in Derry.
It was fun to be in a class with my dad. He’s a really good teacher and we’re very close. Today, I’m in my final year of Computer Animation at the Belfast School of Art and unlike sciences, computer animation is brand new to me, so I find it really interesting.
My course combines science, computing and art. In 3D animation, you have to break down an object to figure out how it works – starting with the bones, the muscles, the skin – then you can start to build it up on screen and get it moving properly. So my studies in science have definitely come in handy.
My first professional job was as 3D environmental model graphics designer on a virtual reality game for a company called AppAddict, which is used to rehabilitate stroke victims. They access the game on their mobile phone and enter the virtual reality world using a basic VR headset.
Infrared sensors register their hand movements as they break down blocks to expose the landscape around them – a forest, a desert or an icecap. The app then measures their mobility, on both sides of their body, and slightly alters itself so that the user exercises the weaker half of their body.
I’ve had a pretty varied career so far. I’ve also studied costume design with the children’s moving image charity Cinemagic and helped create VR videos for the BBC. I started at Makematic on a work placement and am very excited to work here full-time until I start my final year at college.
I launched my YouTube channel last year. It’s mainly to keep the skills I’ve learned in editing sharp, so I can improve over time. I have a few friends who vlog as well. It’s just a hobby, really. My videos are quite random but a lot are focussed on dyslexia. I’m trying to expand my knowledge on that, and that’s what I talk about in my videos.
Outside of work, I’m Grade 8 in both singing and ballet dancing. I still go to singing lessons once a month and I did ballet till the age of three – my feet are screwed. When I was on point once, I snapped all the ligaments and tendons in my right ankle and was in physiotherapy for about a year. I can still dance, just not as regularly.
I’m currently working on all flat design at MakeMatic, which I’ve learned while working here, and I mainly do image overlays, full frames and title cards using Photoshop, After Effects and Illustrator. But really I do whatever Dan [Lead Animator] tells me to do.