Tatiana Castro, Designer in San José, San José Province, Costa Rica
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Tatiana Castro

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Designer

Location
San José, San José Province, Costa Rica
Toptal Member Since
September 20, 2022

Tatiana is a licensed architect, art director, and 3D artist with over a decade of industry experience. She has produced high-end design, art, and CGI for industries like architecture and interior design, marketing and eCommerce, video games and card games, crypto art and NFT, and GameFi/Web3/Metaverse. Tatiana has worked at AAA companies like Accenture and Gensler and collaborated with world-famous brands like Clinique, Pandora, Puma, Nike, Nissan, Volkswagen, Bose, Electrolux, and KitchenAid.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Art Director and 3D Artist

2012 - PRESENT
Freelance Clients
  • Established a flourishing freelance practice with enough workload to create a small studio, gaining considerable soft skills and experience as a director and manager.
  • Started my 3D journey doing architectural visualization jobs in 2012. Dabbled in many creative fields as my artistic and technical skills evolved.
  • Produced high-end CGI, concept art, and 3D design for architecture, eCommerce, marketing, video games, Web3, Crypto/NFT, and the Metaverse.
  • Produced captivating advertisement videos by utilizing 3D animation, VFX, and dynamic motion graphics. These compelling visuals were successfully deployed across television and various social media platforms.
  • Art directed visual style, aesthetics, and creative elements to craft immersive, visually engaging CGI and game experiences. Merging artistry with storytelling for compelling narratives.
Technologies: 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, V-Ray, Corona Renderer, Unreal Engine, Unity, Cinema 4D, KeyShot, Substance Painter, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, After Effects CC, 3D, Augmented Reality (AR), Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, 3D Design, 3D Textures, Virtual Reality (VR), Artwork, Digital Illustration, Digital Art, Art, Video Production, Visual Design, Interior Design, Project Management, 3D Animation, 3D Product Modeling, Digital Twin, 3D CAD, Character Design, Art Direction, Consulting, Creative Direction, 3D Visualization, Rendering, 3D Architecture, Exterior 3D Modeling, Architecture, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Adobe Illustrator, Consumer Products, Adobe Premiere, Advertising, Adobe After Effects, Motion Design, Visual Effects (VFX), Social Media, Concept Sketching, Sketching, 2D, CAD, 3D Motion Graphics, Metaverse, 3D Character Animation, Unity3D, Immersive Experiences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Entertainment & Leisure, 3D Character Modeling

3D Designer

2023 - 2023
NORTHWEST PODIATRIC LABORATORY, INC.
  • Created a series of 3D renders that needed to be used as marketing visuals for a new line of insoles that the client is going to launch.
  • Made sure that the graphics were premium and high-end to keep the harmony with the company's brand, given that they're the leader in the design and manufacture of premium custom foot orthotics.
  • Handled the production of photorealistic renders to showcase the product's features and materials. The client wanted to use the images for website, print materials, and packaging purposes.
Technologies: 3D Rendering, 3D, 3D Design, Printing Materials, 3D Textures, 3D Lighting, Visual Design, Graphic Design, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Art Director for a Las Vegas Casino Group Building an Online Gaming Platform

2022 - 2023
Sands
  • Established a concrete art direction for the game through research, concept exploration, mood boards, and sketches.
  • Managed other team members and guided their efforts toward a shared artistic vision.
  • Collaborated with the client on defining the target market or segment.
  • Helped establish a high-level roadmap for the game's creative development.
Technologies: Art Direction, Concept Art, Set Design, Branding, Consulting, Creative Direction, 3D Visualization, 3D Architecture, Exterior 3D Modeling, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Concept Sketching, Sketching, Metaverse, Unity3D, Immersive Experiences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Entertainment & Leisure

Senior 3D Artist

2018 - 2020
Accenture
  • Helped to build an insanely talented team by participating in the recruitment process, such as doing interviews and reviewing portfolios.
  • Went to the US office to get brand-specific training to pass down to my peers in Costa Rica.
  • Designed and produced ultra high-end, photorealistic 3D content for product marketing, entertainment, and interactive apps for Volkswagen, Nike, Puma, Bose, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Pandora, and LIDL.
  • Implemented digital twins of consumer products in the fashion, consumer electronics, food, and automotive industries.
Technologies: 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, 3D, Video Editing, Animation, Video Ads, 3D Design, 3D Textures, Virtual Reality (VR), Artwork, Digital Illustration, Digital Art, Art, Motion Graphics, Video Production, Visual Design, Project Management, 3D Animation, 3D Product Modeling, Digital Twin, 3D CAD, Art Direction, Creative Direction, 3D Visualization, Rendering, Exterior 3D Modeling, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Graphics, Adobe Illustrator, Consumer Products, Adobe Premiere, Advertising, Adobe After Effects, Motion Design, Visual Effects (VFX), Social Media, Concept Sketching, 3D Character Animation, Unity3D, Immersive Experiences

Senior Architect

2017 - 2019
Grupo Arquimagenes
  • Provided full-scope architectural services, including interiors, furniture design, and construction.
  • Implemented and supervised retail projects, such as Automercado, Vindi, Spoon, Yoba & Get Nuts, at locations like Multiplaza, CityMall, and Paseo de las Flores.
  • Led the design development of Seed to Table, a 7,000 square meter Disneyland-like, farmer's market-inspired store in Naples, Florida. This was my milestone.
Technologies: Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, V-Ray, Unreal Engine 4, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, 3D Design, 3D Textures, Visual Design, Interior Design, Project Management, 2D Drafting, Technical Drawing, 3D CAD, Creative Direction, 3D Visualization, Rendering, 3D Architecture, Exterior 3D Modeling, Architecture, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Graphics, Sketching, Building & Construction, CAD

3D Artist

2015 - 2017
Gensler
  • Transitioned successfully from my traditional architecture background to working in a 3D studio.
  • Created high-quality exterior and interior architectural 3D models, renderings, animation, and VR for top-tier clients worldwide.
  • Acquired experience in workplace, lifestyle, community, and mixed-use large-scale projects.
Technologies: 3ds Max, V-Ray, Photoshop CC, Oculus, 3D, 3D Design, 3D Textures, Visual Design, Interior Design, 3D CAD, 3D Visualization, Rendering, 3D Architecture, Exterior 3D Modeling, Architecture, Adobe Photoshop, 3D Graphics, Building & Construction, CAD
2010 - 2016

Bachelor's Degree in Architecture

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica - San Jose, Costa Rica

2014 - 2015

Bachelor's Degree in Digital Arts and Animation

Santa Fe University of Art and Design - Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Tools

3ds Max, V-Ray, Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop, CAD, Corona Renderer, Maya, Blender, Unreal Engine, Adobe After Effects, Substance Painter, Illustrator CC, Cinema 4D, KeyShot, InDesign CC, After Effects CC, Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator

Industry Expertise

Architecture, Consumer Products, Building & Construction, Advertising, Entertainment & Leisure

Platforms

Oculus

Other

Architectural Design, Interior Design, Concept Development, Research, Critical Thinking, Composition, 3D Modeling, 3D Rendering, PBR Texturing, 3D Art, 3D, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Graphic Design, 3D Design, 3D Textures, Artwork, Art, Visual Design, 3D Product Modeling, Art Direction, Technical Drawing, 3D CAD, Creative Direction, 3D Visualization, Rendering, 3D Architecture, Exterior 3D Modeling, 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Sketching, 3D Motion Graphics, Project Management, Construction, 3D Animation, Video Editing, 3D Character Animation, Unity, Augmented Reality (AR), Animation, Video Ads, Character Design, Non-fungible Tokens (NFT), Virtual Reality (VR), Digital Illustration, Digital Art, Video Production, Digital Twin, 2D Drafting, Consulting, Adobe Premiere, Motion Design, Visual Effects (VFX), Social Media, Concept Sketching, 2D, Metaverse, Unity3D, Immersive Experiences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, 3D Character Modeling, eCommerce, Advertising Design, Web Marketing, Appliances, Tech Sales, CGI, Unreal Engine 4, Game Art, Concept Art, Character Illustration, Set Design, Branding, Photorealistic Rendering, Printing Materials, 3D Lighting

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