Art Director, Green Grass Studios
Courses: Illustrating Creatures in Mudbox
Jesse Sandifer is a self-taught artist who started out his career creating architectural illustrations, but switched over when he found his true love in entertainment art. For the past eight years he has been the co-owner of Green Grass Studios, a full-service animation and visual-effects design studio. He is also owner and director of Chickwalker, a company which focuses on creating high-end cg characters and concepts. Jesse has extensive experience in high-poly 3D sculpting, texturing, lighting and rendering for a wide variety of project types, including concept design, look development, production-ready assets, illustrations and 3D printing. He has long been producing monthly subscription-based character art tutorials at his website CGNuggets.com.
His clients include Hasbro Toys, Fox, Warner Bros., Zynga, Autodesk, Shadows in Darkness, Mandalay Films, ReelFX, and the NBA Dallas Mavericks.
Jesse resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three young children. In his spare time, he enjoys working on his personal art, playing disc golf, and making ice cream.
What people say about Jesse
“I worked with Jesse for close to a year on two Hasbro dtv features. He was subcontracted to handle all-aspects of several high-end environments for us. He not only handled them on time, but helped out with the optimization and re-texturing of detailed areas when we needed more detail, (beyond the contract) after the cameras were locked in. He also gave us all of the set ‘proxys’ within a matter of a couple of weeks, which allowed us to quickly begin layout and figure out scaling issues during a hectic schedule. Jesse and I connected on a personal level because of his friendly nature and interesting history with architecture. Jesse is a rare individual who is genuine when he speaks, and keeps in touch with people on a regular basis. We’ve been friends since we worked together in 2004. He handles it all, modeling and texturing, and is upbeat and creative at problem solving. I would recommend him with no hesitation to any cg producer needing a solution for their feature, television, or video game: with Jesse you get the whole picture.” – Josh P., Production Manager, ReelFX Creative Studio
“Jesse’s talent exceeds him. I was blown away by not only the exceptional skill set and highly developed design sense that Jesse has, but his ability to communicate, his eagerness to provide unparalleled service to his client and the humbleness and reliable character in which he combines all those traits I find exceptionally rare. When I first met with and received Jesse’s work I was, totally, blown away. His attention to detail and his command over Maya, with both organic and hard surface modeling, gave me instant relief knowing the projects I was Art Directing him with were in the most excellent and capable of hands. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to see his work as it was evolving toward the finished product. He gets a projects vision. He contributes to, never subtracts from it. He nails it, every time!” – Robert S., Art Director, Reel FX