So let me just put this all super formal in writing first:
Currently working as a Senior Technical Artist in London, with a focus on shaders and Houdini.
Have been working in the industry for 7 years.
I know that tech art is a bit confusing because of all the facets and want to offer mentorship to help out anyone who is new to the profession.
What I’m looking for:
You are between being in your final year of school/university and having less than 2 years of full-time work experience.
You are heading for, or already in, game development.
You are pursuing game development full time.
You either are already in the role of a technical artist or you are trying to switch to this role.
I have decided to limit it to mentoring anyone in a minority.
This is because while I support the industry being more inclusive, I oppose diversity hires and want to help people feel sure that they are hired on their merit and not on their diversity.
The tech art community is very open and welcoming, but consists of a lot of white cis males, which can make it hard to feel like throwing out random thoughts and worries in a public forum.
I therefore feel like guys like myself, already have good conditions for finding guidance.
What I can offer:
Weekly online chats and generally be available for any questions on career, skill development, specific technical problems or just chatting about things.
I can not offer any proof or merit or help you secure a job through social connections, but I can advice on the process.
Honestly though, I imagine it being rather casual all the way through and maybe it will just be an occasional chit-chat or maybe it will be a weekly thing.
You can contact me here on the forum, by PM, or on the Slack channel.
This is all wildly experimental and I will need to also figure out how to do this right. So please bear with me