Today’s interview is with character artist, Dennis Mejillones.
What is your job at BGS?
I am a character artist at BGS. My responsibilities can range from making some cool creatures/characters to making armors/weapons. My primary responsibility has been to create the looks of races and making them customizable.
How did you break into the industry?
I originally started doing 3D for commercials and eventually moved to doing freelance work at what was then a small game studio. When I first started there, I worked on games like Bratz and Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts. Not very prestigious games, but it was a good way for me to start and learn about the industry. Eventually as that studio got bigger I got to work on some cool stuff like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dragon Age: Origins, Borderlands and a few other cool titles. Not too long after that, I got picked up by BGS and have been very happy working here.
What’s your proudest achievement while working at BGS?
My proudest achievement is probably between two things: working on character gen and another thing I can’t yet talk about.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your job?
That we play videogames all day or that we are filthy rich. We spend a lot of time testing the game, but most of our day is spent actually creating the art and getting it to come to life. The other big misconception is that were all very weird. Only the majority of folks are “very weird”, the rest are just weird.
If there was one developer you could meet, who would it be?
Ive been fortunate enough to get to meet some amazing developers in the Zenimax/Bethesda family — legends like John Carmack, Shinji Mikami, not to mention the fact that I work for freakin Todd Howard… it doesn’t get better than that. That said I wouldn’t mind meeting some of the guys from Naughty Dog or Bioware. I really admire a lot of what they are doing. I would also love to meet Tim Appleby (Brink). He’s done and continues to do some really cool stuff.
If you weren’t developing games, what do you think you’d be doing today?
Robbing banks… I think… can I say that?
Favorite office lunch?
CHICKEN FAJITAS!!!! Seriously Chicken Fajita day at the studio is great. So is cookie Wednesday.
If you could trade jobs with someone else in the office for a day, who would it be and why?
If it were only for a day I would have to say Todd Howard. He’s involved with everything and then I would have all the juicy details. That being said, he’s usually pretty good about keeping us in the loop.
Worst job you ever had?
A carwash drying off cars. IT SUCKED!!!! Washing cars in the winter isn’t fun — cold weather and wet, frozen towels aren’t for me. Thanks for asking… I had blocked that out of my mind until now.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I really enjoy hanging out with my wife, family, and friends. I like being outside and hiking. When I’m not doing that, I like to do things with my hands (mind out of gutter please). I like to build things, I also like to break things. Most of all though I like to build combat RC Mechs. Yes I just said that. Here are some pics (1, 2, 3) of my first mech and a video as well for your viewing pleasure. And yes… it is indeed awesome!