I was 18 when I first started College. At one point we had a guest lecturer who worked for a game developer in my home town. At the end of the lecture someone asked the question “So what do you need to get a job in the game industry?”
“A bloody good portfolio” was his answer.
Therefore, welcome to my attempt at making a bloody good portfolio!
Head to my Contact Page if you want to get in contact with me.
| Quick Bio
- Dom Ward
- Game Designer & Writer
- From Newcastle upon Tyne
- Graduated from Northumbria University
- Qualifications: Degree in Computer Games Design & Production
I was born in 1992 in Newcastle upon Tyne. After attending school up to Sixth Form, I was struggling to decide what I wanted to do in life while applying for University. My biggest hobby and my biggest interest had always been video games since the first time I cried while watching my brother play Resident Evil 2.
In order to pursue this I dropped out of applying for University that year and instead attended Newcastle College to do a Game Design course. After achieving the necessary grades I then attended Northumbria University and graduated three years later with a degree in Computer Games Design & Production.
I’m proud of that achievement. But what I’m prouder of is that, after 5 years of education in the Game Design field, I’m even more excited and passionate to work in games than I was the first day I filled out my College application.
| Hobbies & Interests
So to hit you with a fact you’d be hard-pressed I guess; I do enjoy playing videogames. I play mainly on PC but I also have an Xbox One and 3DS and am currently waiting for a good PS4 Pro bundle before jumping in. As long as I have one in time for Last of Us 2, I’m good. I’ll play pretty much any genre, but RPGs and strategy games would be my favourites. I also love a good story in my games and is a main thing I look for.
I love martial arts and have been doing it for most of my life now. It’s mainly how I keep fit; I also refrain from drinking any alcohol, coffee, or energy drinks (trying to lead that healthy lifestyle) so I’m always the life of the party!
Outside of videogames, but not straying too far, I love tabletop games! I’ve been an avid fan of both Warhammer and Warhammer 40k for many years and my Eldar collection at this point is quite obscene. I have both Eldar and Necrons in 40k, and my Fantasy armies are High Elves and Wood Elves.
I also do love my History. It was my favourite topic back in school, where I had a habit of not listening to the teacher and just reading the textbook instead, and my enjoyment hasn’t diminished as I’ve gotten older. Some of my favourite TV shows are Historical ones like Band of Brothers.
- Communication Skills
- I love talking with others and have always found it easy to explain my ideas to others in a concise and understandable way. Some of my favourite modules at University involved presenting my work to the rest of the module and I enjoy, and have no problems, speaking in front of groups.
- I enjoy working alone, but I’d always work with others if given the choice. Combined with my communication skills I’ve always found it easy to listen to others too, taking on feedback and working hard to ensure every voice is heard.
- Organization & Time Management
- I’m also very organized in all of my work. Spending time to ensure folders and files have consistent prefixes and naming conventions is something I always do, which lets me work more efficiently than I otherwise would be able to. I also utilize tools to manage deadlines and will often plan out my week of work and plan for contingencies if problems occur.
- Fast-working & Remaining calm under deadlines
- My good organization skills and ease at picking up new skills and listening I believe let me work very fast and efficiently. My Portfolio design was completed in 1 day thanks to what I thought was good planning and a clear, precise image of what I wanted.
- Enthusiastic & Hard Working
- To put it simply, I love games! And I’m a naturally very enthusiastic and motivated individual. I dislike feeling like I’m stood still and always need to push myself and love having others around me to do that too. I want to do better every day, and I’m always excited to do just that.
- I’m very quick to learn from any mistakes and quickly resolve them; I even enjoy the creative ways I can think of to solve problems and enjoy problem-solving in projects.
| Key Skills
- 2D Art/Design
- Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
- I’ve always had a flair for digital art and love having the knowledge of tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketchbook to take the designs in my head and bring them to life. I’m mostly self-taught, already being at a competent level by the time of University and I managed to achieve an 85/100 on my Digital Visual Media module after only 2 weeks of lab work.
- 3D Modelling/Animation
- Autodesk Maya, Blender, ZBrush
- At both College and University I learnt basic to intermediate skills in 3D. I have used tools like Blender and ZBrush, but my primary tool was AutoDesk Maya which I have extensive use with in creating 3D models, the rigging/weighting process required to then animate these models, and rendering techniques to create professional-quality 3D images.
- Video Editing
- Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects
- Like many gamers, I love Youtube channels dedicated to gaming. And again like many gamers, I also had a Youtube channel for a time and both captured and edited footage of games. I primarily used Premiere Pro for all of my editing, and still do, but did touch upon After Effects for a few videos.
- General IT Skills
- Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, Ubuntu, ‘PC Hardware’.
- I’m very experienced in general PC software like the Microsoft Office, especially Word, Powerpoint and Excel, and understand a lot of the software side of how computers function. I also have a good understanding of hardware, having built my own PC to play games on.
- Project Management
- Trello, DropBox, Microsoft OneDrive, Excel
- I’m a stickler when it comes to organization, and during multi-people projects this is very important. During University and College I would push for us to use tools such as Trello and DropBox to make sure our team was working as efficiently as possible.
- Game Knowledge
- ‘Steam List’
- Not only do I love to make games, but I love playing them. This has given me a large pool of knowledge when it comes to games and techniques used to create them. As a PC Gamer this goes further in that I utilize graphical settings and modding to ensure the experience I want, such a forcing wider FOVs in first-person games than allowed by editing config files which I find sometimes necessary due to motion sickness.
- Essays, Stories
- I still remember my Year 5 “Review” as a child, with my tutor commenting my writing style was very good and that I should consider ‘becoming a writer’. Writing is something I enjoy and stories are one of my favourite parts of games in general, so I must have taken that comment to heart. I’ve always received praises for my writing style during essays, and have no trouble writing both long and short pieces depending on what is required.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me at my Contact page.