My name is Zachary Cordisco,
I am from good ole' Reno, Nevada. Reno is know for its convenient access to the Truckee river and Lake Tahoe as well as its beautiful hiking opportunities and crazy weather. Picture a cleaner, less sad, more outdoorsy Vegas....
I grew up as a video game playing doodler. I don't think I have ever turned in a test without having something drawn on it. I've always been interested in art but couldn't quite grasp how I wanted to make a career out of it. Though living in a city where gambling is legal, anything related to "Gaming" is not what I hoped it would be. Our local University also had very scarce opportunities when it came to anything involving video game art / education. So I enrolled as a Wildlife Ecology Major (I grew up watching a lot of Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin.) Well, about a year in I found myself applying to a graphic design position at a very small, local print shop, ( I took a graphic design class in High school), low and behold I got hired and that really changed everything. I was hooked on digital art and realized I needed to make a change. After a bit of hunting, I switched my major to Digital Media and found out we had a minor in Serious Games. I worked on a variety of projects in and out of school as well as moved from designing at the print shop to designing for our college magazine, to eventually becoming the Editor-in-Chief.
At the beginning of senior year I realized that I wasn't going to be where I needed to be to get a job in the video game industry so I began looking for post-school programs I could afford. I found a program in Seattle, WA called Futurepoly and began to plan how I was going to attend.
Four days after I graduated from University I moved to Seattle to start my three month program with Futurepoly. The program was incredibly helpful and gave me the tools I was looking for.
I am currently a Technical Analyst at Microsoft, still looking to get into 3D video game art.