Joanna M. Zawada
2d/3d  ARTIST
310 W. Hill Street, Champaign, IL 61820

  • Over 12 years combined experience in the video game and graphic design industries
  • Shipped two AAA titles
  • Published in 3d Artist Magazine
  • Ability to create highly efficient models with tiling and unique texture sets
  • Comfortable working in both 2d and 3d, with or without concepts
  • Proficient at outsourced asset optimization, retouching, and spec sheet creation
  • Mentored other artists on workflow and helped set texture quality bar on Red Faction: Armageddon
  • Extensive experience with proprietary world editors and familiar with UDK
  • Worked daily with Perforce and Hansoft
  • Achieved Zbrush certification (

Specialization: Zbrush, Anatomy, Environments, Texturing, 3D Modeling, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Crazybump, 3dCoat, nDo, etc.


  • Red Faction: Armageddon, open-world sci-fi shooter with fully destructible structures using Geomod 2.0 engine (THQ:  Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC)
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla, open-world sci-fi shooter with fully destructible structures using Geomod 2.0 engine (THQ:  Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC)


Artist, Deep Silver Volition, Champaign, IL, February 2014 – Present

2D & 3D Art Student/Freelance, self-directed study & freelance, February 2011 – Present

  • Focusing on human and animal anatomy, digital sculpting, character design, color theory, and lighting to enhance my skills beyond my previous specializations
  • Occasional freelance with various companies

Artist, THQ\Volition, Inc., Champaign, IL, October 2005 – January 2011

  • Created interiors and exteriors of fully destructible structures, often without concepts
  • Created highly efficient assets within the tight constraints of the game engine
  • Worked closely with Designers, Tech Artists, and Programmers
  • Took ownership (with designer) of full district (Eos) on RFG, which included optimizations of outsourced assets and close regard for memory limit and technical constraints
  • Helped set the quality bar on Red Faction: Armageddon with solid texturing skill and was asked to create several instructional videos on my methods to mentor other artists

Graphic Designer,  Norampac, Inc. Leominster, MA May 2003 – April 2005

  • Responsible for running the Graphic Design department for the Leominster, MA division.
  • Met with customers to discuss project options and specs
  • Familiar with both flexographic and off-set press requirements and creating labels, brochures, packaging, etc. from single to 4+-color work
  • Worked extensively with QuarkXpress, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Painter


B.S. in Business Management, minor in Art & Computer Science, Columbia College, Crystal Lake, IL

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