Adapting to Solve – Problem-Solving 101

Tweet Adapting to Solve Problem Solving 101 Growing up, I struggled quite a bit with learning and comprehension. I didn’t adapt to change. I was bullied in school and picked on daily. My friends changed constantly. My grades lacked. I thought of myself as stupid. I told myself I was stupid, daily. Honestly, I really…

Persistence and The Fear of Criticism

Tweet If you ask anyone “What do you desire more than anything?”, most cannot tell you. Some might say, money, happiness, or security. Others might say fame or power. But I will bet you that very few, if any at all, can tell you HOW they intend of achieving these goals. It is through Persistence….

No Experience Required!

You might have big dreams that you are going to work at Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks, Bungie, or Blizzard. I totally agree with you. Shoot as high as you can! But then you need to reel it back a bit and think realistically. Working at one of these studios 99% of the time is going to require at least a few years of experience, unless you are some 3D prodigy (probably not the case).

So how do you find a job that requires experience with no experience? This truly is the question every single new graduate faces at graduation in pretty much any field. The truth of the matter is, you are almost certainly not going to land a job at Pixar right out of school. Although many of the great high end studios do have internship programs. But keep in mind there are 100s of other artists that also want that internship. This doesn’t mean to give up and not give it a shot. Go for it! You might be exactly what they have been searching for.

13 Must Read Books For Every Artist

Tweet Here is my ultimate list of fantastic books to read for any creative person. Even if you aren’t an artist. Maybe these can inspire you in other ways. I love to read creative books as well as sci-fi, but that’s a different article all together. These books are meant to inspire, teach, and get…

Keep Your Soul While Freelancing

Tweet Soulful Freelancing If you have ever freelanced before, art or otherwise, you know how tough it can be. You have several demons you have to overcome. First of all, yourself. Promoting Yourself I have said before and I will say again. Promoting yourself is probably the most important aspect of being successful in finding…

Aspiring 3D Artist Q&A

Tweet I get a few emails a month, usually from students, asking various questions. Some might be students on the verge of graduation, trying to get a handle on “the real world”. Or perhaps someone writing a paper. Even possibly a high school student wondering if they should go to art school.  I have comprised…

Top Office Supplies You Need!

Tweet Most of you have an office you go to for your daily job and probably even an office at home. I am pretty sure you also have your “must haves” around your office. I decided to come up with a list of my office must haves and share them with you. Headphones Whether you…

To Art School or Not to Art School?

Tweet So you are thinking about art school? I’m not here to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t go to art school. I’m here to give you the facts and let you make an informed decision. There is a lot of biased information out there. I will help you sift through it to weed…

Welcome!

Tweet Welcome to my new blog. My name is Michael Dunnam. I am a 3D Environment Artist (by choice, I will explain later). I grew up in Mobile, Alabama. I had a pretty normal childhood with a wonderful family. As far back as I can remember I was obsessed with drawing. My mom and dad,…