Patrick Teixeira is an international student from Vitoria da Conquista, a town in the northeast of Brazil. Patrick has this to say about what inspired him to study Concept Art and why he chose to attend Max the Mutt:
“When I was a kid and during my teen years, all I wanted to do was draw and play videogames. Once I had to choose what I wanted to do for college, I was pretty lost. I thought that it was more realistic for me to make a living doing graphic design than drawing, but after putting some years in graphic design college and working in the field, I found myself doubting that I could enjoy doing that for long, so I started focusing on art, learning all that I could from Youtube videos, tutorials and some online classes, although at the time I didn’t really have the discipline to get very far by myself.
When I finally learned about concept art I quickly connected the dots that this is what I wanted to do. I remember playing some PS2 games when I was a kid even after getting bored of them just so I could unlock the concept art pieces, and I loved when games did that. After learning more about concept art, I was seduced by how much can be said without a lot of visual information, and how quickly some pros can express themselves with painting (and some photoshop magic).
A couple years after trying to improve by myself, I found Max the Mutt at a ranking from the Rookies, and after seeing the concept art curriculum and a bunch of student videos, I was in love with the school. On top of all that, and to my surprise, it was (and still is) very affordable compared to any similar school.
After graduating I want to work at a AAA videogame company for a while, just to see the insides of that beast, and how it all works. After getting some experience I plan to find a job at a smaller studio where I can have some more freedom and impact on the project I’m working on. That being said, I’ll see what doors that life opens up for me, and I’ll go where my mind and my heart take me. In the meantime, I’m just trying to focus on improving my art.”