Hi, I'm Travis Evashkevich.

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Creating tools to fight the dreaded "clicks" and "repetition" in the artist's workflow (and anyone else that asks)

Projects

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EaZyRemesh

Tool for Zbrush for quick Retopology

Accomplishments
  • Implemented Zscript for the tool based on the specifications from Francis-Xavier Martins (PolyJunky)
  • Allows you to get controllable, but not final topology, using polypaint, masking or slicing.
  • Gives clean extractions without jagged edges.
  • Easy to use UI and highly rated on Artstaion Marketplace.
  • See it in action!
  • Tools/Languages:ZBrush, Zscript
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Hot Wheels id

Vehicle Pipeline for content creation

Accomplishments

Vehicle creation pipeline that allows artists to recreate 3d vehicles as close as possible to their real-life counterparts. Players are able to scan a Hot Wheels vehicle and see the exact same thing in-game, ready to play with.

    Pipeline for all vehicles in game
  • Standalone Python
    • Scripts for folder structure/naming convention based on incoming vehicles from Mattel. This reduces human error when a brand new vehicle is to be made.
  • Zbrush
    • Zscript that handles settings/button clicks etc. to produce a more "bake ready" high poly mesh. This gets artists 90% of the way there from the low poly meshes which in most cases are not suitable for baking purposes (even if subdivided).
  • 3dsmax (2018)
    • Importing template meshes, exporting final vehicle for Unity (imports have 0 rotation values on import)
    • Import template wheels for scaling to size for each vehicle, used in conjunction with another script to "Drop Wheels to Ground", ensuring the bottom of the wheel is on 0.
    • Various quality of life utility scripts
  • Substance Painter
    • Setup Painter templates.
    • Documentation on workflow for applying decals to vehicles for each variation of the vehicle (same mesh, different texture set).
  • Shader work (Unity):
    • Wheel shader that allows for input of a channel packed texture to define different colour masks and text, as well as wheel shadowing for shadows due to wheelwell and ground shadowing.
    • Hologram shader that allows for customization of hologram images in-game with channel packed textures that allow for editor control of timing for fades and other effects.
  • Unity Scripting
    • Import script that handles 95% of work related to importing and setting up a vehicle in engine from created assets. This trawls the source art folder to find any missing models or textures, imports and sets up folder structures, creates and applies materials with the correct naming convention with no needed input from the user.
    • Scripts to help aid work such as Quick Load/Unload of wheel assets on cars.
      Material Creation: if extra materials are needed, they are made and named correctly.
  • Tools/Languages: Python, ZScript, Maxscript, HLSL, C#(Unity), 3dsmax, Zbush, Substance Painter, Photoshop
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Forza Street

Environment Pipeline Updates and Tools

Accomplishments
  • Atlas PSD/Texture Creation:
    • Using Python and Pytoshop, I was able to create atlas PSDs of 4k textures for 30 models (Albedo, Normal, Masks) and output the final atlassed texture in ~4 seconds - a task that previously took 15+ minutes using Photoshop scripting only.
  • Various script improvements along with menu creation for Maya which put all in-house scripts in one easy to access place.
  • Tools/Languages Python, PyMEL, Pymxs, Pyside2
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Avengers: Infinity War

Scripts and Tools

Accomplishments
  • Clarisse
    • Imported models into Clarisse for the lighting team. This would put models in groups depending on existing hierarchies as well as automatically place light sources and vfx without intervention.
    • Provided a way to pass information between lighters and automatically setup last used settings (this was not available as a built-in feature)
    • Automatically setup AOVs based on settings defined by Lighting Supervisors for team/shots.
  • Maya scripts that link with in house validation checks.
  • Validation of tooling updates from R&D department before release to Shows
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River City Ransom: Underground

Tools (Internship)

Accomplishments
    Boxer
  • Tool to create polygon hit boxes for 2D games/characters.
  • Improved usability by adding hotkeys and features to speed up hit box creation.
  • Documentation for all improvements and general usage.

  • Bell
  • Improvements that allowed for settings creation for spacial sound in 2D space.

Experience

Technical Artist

Creating pipeline and tools for client and in-house use. Responsibilities include DCC tooling, creating both end-to-end and stand-alone scripts to speed up work flow, as well as providing documentation and training to help artists use the tools and software. Whether it's syncing assets or creating them, I always aim to increase consistency and reduce monotony for the artists I work with.

Dec 2017 - Current | Brighton, United Kindgom
Assistant Technical Director (ATD)

Assisted in creating tools and scripts for Maya, Clarisse and Houdini for the film Avengers: Infinity War. This also involved QC of new scripts, tools and tech from the R&D department before they were released widely to the various shows.

Feb 2017 - Dec 2017 | London, United Kindgom
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Community Manager / International Recruiter

As a community manager, responsibilities included:

  • Providing a bridge between the students and the faculty, ensuring the concerns of students were heard without any prejudice.
  • Planning and organizing various events and activities to engage the student community.
  • Founding the popular Study Night group which still runs weekly on campus to this day.
As a recruiter responsibilities included visiting schools around the world, with a focus on Canada, promoting the curriculum and expanding the international student cohort.

Sept 2014 - July 2015 | Kortrijk, Belgium
Technical Artist / Intern Tool Developer

This was an internship placement for the final year of the Digital Arts And Entertainment course. Tasks included streamlining the in-house tools, implementing reusable vfx for the in-house engine and creating documentation. In 2015, I returned to assist with level setup and dressing.

Feb 2014 - June 2014, April 2015 - July 2015 | Kortrijk, Belgium (Remote Work)

Skills

Languages

Python
PySide
Pymxs
Maxscript
C# (Unity)
PyMEL

DCC/Engines

Autodesk 3dsmax
Autodesk Maya
Substance Suite
Unity
UE4 (Py Tooling)
Photoshop

Source Control

Perforce
Git (Basic)

Credits

Detonation Racing

Technical Artist

Forza Street

Technical Artist

Avengers: Infinity War

Assistant Technical Director (ATD)

Education

Digital Arts And Entertainment

Kortrijk, Belgium

Degree: Bachelor of Digital Arts and Entertainment, Major of Game Development

2010 - 2014

About

I am a Pipeline Technical Artist in the Games Industry who supports teams of artists, enabling them to work without worrying about the more monotonous aspects of their job. I aim to lessen the amount of clicks and "monkey work" that is involved in day-to-day tasks. All tools and scripts that I create aim to handle as much work as possible with as few clicks as possible.

Creating a pipeline of tools that can feed and verify data to achieve the desired end result is my day-to-day. I always aim to make tools as reusable as possible across projects and Digital Content Creation packages.

Free Stuff

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Lazy Save

Photoshop: Quickly Save Images

Accomplishments

Lazy Save 2 has been released as a final version for Lazy Save.

NOTE: I no longer maintain this, so if it does not work I will not be doing work to make it work again

Lazy Save 2 is made to make saving out images from Photoshop more efficient by allowing you to have more control and save multiple images at once. Originally aimed at the Game and VFX Industry, Lazy Save has been used in several companies over the years but has been beloved by hobbiest artists as well.

Lazy Save allows you to:
  • Pick a save folder for your images
  • Define custom naming conventions
  • Image Quality settings and resizing options
  • Channel Pack images
  • Define "Templates" for quickly setting your document up
  • Save all layers in a group as one image or as one image per layer in a single click!
  • What You See Is What You Get, where you don't need to define groups to quickly save out
Lazy Save was nominated for Best Tool of 2016 on PolyCount
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Layer Cake

Photoshop: Offset Multiple Layers

Accomplishments NOTE: I no longer maintain this, so if it does not work I will not be doing work to make it work again

Layer Cake is an extension for Photoshop that I made in 2016 to help with offsetting multiple layers/groups of layers at once when trying to make tiling images.

Features:
  • Offset selected layers and groups of layers
  • "Rebake" - run the last used settings again
  • Icing - See your image as a tiling 2 x 2 document (run again to get a 4 x 4 size etc.
  • Spectacles - Smart Sharpen or Blur your selection to get correctly tiling blurred images as a layer in your original document

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