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About me

Hi, my name is Helen Zhang. I'm a 2D artist at Zynga East, a social games studio in Timonium, MD. I use Photoshop, Painter, 3D Studio Max, Maya, Mudbox, and Zbrush extensively for work and pleasure.

I like to illustrate, texture, model, and get things done. Working in companies big and small has taught me the importance of both specializing and generalizing. The smaller your company is, the broader your skills will need to be, while the reverse is true for larger companies. My advice to anyone looking at the games industry as a career path: stay flexible! Pick a skill to hone, but be sure to branch out into supporting roles, so that you can survive in this fast-paced, occasionally tumultuous, environment.

I have a fantastic sense of humor, awesome people skills, superb communication, and the ability to work in teams and on deadlines. Just ask for my amazing list of references! I paid them to tell you the same.

Fun facts: I had a running comic strip since 2007 that appears in The Retriever Weekly each Tuesday during the school year, up until the end of May 2009. I earned a full scholarship at UMBC to study art. I can squat 120% of my body weight and I can make a fantastic omelette.

You can reach me at helenzhangart at gmail dot com for questions about me or my art.