Summary

Piero Macgowan is a Mexican-born, Senior Concept Artist at Firaxis Games in Baltimore, USA, as well as an Illustrator, Fine Artist, and College Professor. Since joining Firaxis in 2007 he has played a pivotal role in developing the XCOM franchise from the beginning, as well as providing support for other projects like the Civilization franchise. He obtained his B.F.A. in Illustration with Honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Skills

  • Concept Art
  • Illustration
  • Low-poly Modeling
  • Teaching
  • Drawing
  • Digital Sculpting
  • Storyboarding
  • Character Design
  • Environment Design
  • Creature Design
  • Weapon Design
  • Software Proficiency

    Photoshop
    Photoshop
    3ds Max
    3ds Max
    Unreal Engine
    Unreal Engine
    ZBrush
    ZBrush
    Keyshot
    Keyshot
    Marmoset Toolbag
    Marmoset Toolbag
    SketchUp
    SketchUp
    SketchBook Pro
    SketchBook Pro
    BodyPaint
    BodyPaint
    Storyboard Pro
    Storyboard Pro

    Productions

    Experience

    Senior Concept Artist

    Firaxis Games
    June 2007 - Present | Hunt Valley

    - Worked directly with Art Director to create and define XCOM’s aesthetic vision from conception.

    - Focused on creating color keys and environments to establish and guide narrative.

    - Created main character and creature concepts.

    - Problem-solved system-based assets (cover and interactive items, kit swaps, deco passes)

    - Provided cinematic support through storyboards.

    - Assisted marketing efforts to generate promotional art.

    - Supervised junior artists.

    Shipped Titles:

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

    Sid Meier’s Civilization V (PC)

    XCOM: Enemy Within (PC, Xbox 360, PS3)

    XCOM 2 (PC)

    Concept Artist

    Big Huge Games
    June 2007 - September 2007 3 months | Timonium, United States of America

    Did marketing illustrations, color keys and environments. Worked on two unreleased titles and collaborated with the teams' directors to create initial artistic vision.