concept art by Marc Scheff
From Art School to Game Careers
A panel with Brad MacDonald, Lauren Saint-Onge and Marc Scheff

January 12, 2013  2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join panelists Brad MacDonald (Art Director at Large Animal Games), Lauren Saint-Onge (Concept Artist at Harmonix) and Marc Scheff for a presentation and Q & A about finding a successful career in the gaming industry. 



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Lauren Saint-Onge is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration.  With a career objective of entering the video game industry, Lauren has since been working as a concept artist at Harmonix Music Systems in Cambridge.  Outside of the video game industry, she is currently focusing her efforts around historical illustration and other freelance interests.    


Marc Scheff has a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, and a degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University.  He has spent the last 15 years designing for the web, and the last 6 years in games at shops like EA, Large Animal, and Zynga, focused mostly on casual games, and some TCGs.  His work has been featured in places like Spectrum and ImagineFX.  He currently freelances both Illustration and Art Direction work for games and the book and magazine market.



Brad MacDonald is a native of Kalamazoo who has been designing, illustrating and animating professionally since 1989.  He's worked as a political cartoonist, comic book illustrator, animator, product designer, web developer, one-time stunt man, game artist/art director, video blogger and author.  Past clients have included MTV Networks, Sci-Fi Channel, LEGO, Tommy Hilfiger, NFL, Nascar, Microsoft, The Gap, Sony Records, RCA Records, Epitaph Records, CNBC, The Ethiopian Commentator, MaMaMedia, The LA Galaxy, the nu-metal band Disturbed, and Nickelodeon.

Since joining Large Animal Games in 2000 he has been the Lead Artist or Art Director for over 100 online, Social and PC Donwloadable games.  Four of which, AlphaQUEUE, Rocketbowl, Saints & Sinners Bowling, and Snapshot Adventures have been IGF Finalists.  His latest release as Lead Artist is Nomseters, an iOS mobile game available now in the App Store.

In his free-time he plays percussion, dabbles in Mandarin and travels as much as possible.