Hello, I'm Kelly Shipman, and thanks for looking around my site.
I grew up in eastern Washington. After receiving a business degree and spending 3 long years selling cellphones, I decided it was time to move across the state and pursue my dream of making video games. I re-entered college studying game art at the now closed Henry Cogswell College. After graduating, I took a temp job that ended up lasting nearly 4 years testing Xbox games and hardware, spending most of that time directing testing of XBLA games. No closer to my dream, I began taking classes at Futurepoly
and decided to leave my job and spend all my time working on a portfolio.
It was a huge gamble, but my passion for game art leaves me with little choice but to put all the cards on the table and make that dream a reality.
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Environment Artist. I’m looking for a team atmosphere where creativity is emphasized and passion is shown towards every aspect of gaming and game development.
Undead Labs/FUTUREPOLY Studios, Seattle, WA
2011 - 2012
Model and texture assets ranging from small props to large buildings
Create textures from photo source or hand painted
Develop materials/shaders that can be reused often, yet provide visual variety
Work from concepts provided by Art Director or from own reference
Served as point of contact with developer to retrieve builds and report visual issues.
Volt/VMC, Redmond, WA
2007 - 2010
XBLA Lead Software Test Engineer
Manage simultaneous testing needs of up to nine titles, from Alpha to Release
Identify testing needs and schedule appropriate resources to reach each milestone on time
Maintain strong communication and relationships between Clients and VMC
Communicate testing results and concerns with Clients via Weekly Status reports, Milestone Deliverables and conference calls.
Develop test cases tailored to each title, working with the developers to tailor testing to their specific needs
Identify and report bugs using bug tracking software
Cultivate a strong team and help them meet milestone deadlines
Volt, Redmond, WA
2006 – 2007
Xbox 360 Hardware Test Lead
Supervise teams of 8 to 40 testers
Collect and input tester data into internal database
Write end of day and end of project reports summarizing results
Train new testers on testing procedures
2013 - present
Futurepoly, Bellevue, WA
Courses in 3D modeling, texturing, digital painting and concept art.
Henry Cogswell College, Everett, WA
2003 – 2006
BA in Digital Arts
Courses in traditional art, design, 3d modeling, texturing, and animation
Independent study and Senior Project in Level Design
Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA
1997 – 1999
AAS in Business Administration,
Courses in management, marketing and accounting
Co-Project Manager, General Motors Marketing Internship