Aram Cookson has a BFA Degree in sculpture and a MFA in Computer art. As a Professor of Game Art and Design, he has been teaching for over 13 years in higher education in the Interactive Design and Game Development (ITGM) department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Over the years, Aram has developed and taught a wide range of courses built around the use of the unreal game engine to teach students game art and design skills.
Ryan DowlingSoka is a Technical Artist working at The Coalition on the Gears of War Franchise. He works primarily on content features for the team, crafting systems for destruction, foliage, visual effects, post processes and user interfaces in Unreal Engine 4. Previously, he worked at Microsoft developing experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens in Unity5. Ryan is an expert in a variety of entertainment software creation packages including, Maya, Houdini, Substance Designer, Photoshop, Nuke, and After Effects. With a passion for interactive story telling, hailing from playing 1990s console role-playing games (Baldur's Gate II and Planescape: Torment), Ryan focuses on bringing interactive technical solutions to solve difficult problems in modern gaming. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects from Savannah College of Art and Design. When not working on Video Games, Ryan can be found Swing Dancing with his wife near their home in Vancouver, BC.
Clinton Crumpler is currently a senior environment artist working on the Gears of War franchise at Microsoft’s ‘The Coalition Studio’ located in Vancouver, BC Canada. Previously an artist at Bethesda's Battlecry Studios, KIXEYE, Army Game Studio, and various other independent studios; Clinton’s primary focus is environment art, shader development, and art direction. Clinton has also released multiple video tutorials in
collaboration with Digital Tutors with a focus on game art development for Unreal engine. He completed his Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in Interactive and Game Design and Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), in Savannah, Georgia. Prior to SCAD, he received his Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) in Graphic Design at Longwood University, located in Farmville, Virginia. Clinton was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia. His personal portfolio and website can be viewed at www.clintoncrumpler.com.