Li Rene' Harmon

Game Art & Design

Game Art Instructor
The Art Institute of Las Vegas

Be nice to your classmates—one of them could end up being your boss. Li Rene' Harmon , Game Art Instructor
, The Art Institute of Las Vegas

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew I was either going to be an artist or a biologist. I earned a BFA in Illustration, but I’m always looking for ways to combine the two. In fact, my Master's Thesis in Game Art is about the kelp forest and its inhabitants, and the ecosystem they form.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I’m always gathering the newest information about the industry, and I share that in the classroom. I stress the importance of deadlines and naming conventions, as well as keeping up with the latest technology and pipeline strategies. I show students what I’m working on, as well as new software I’ve found that applies to the game asset world.

How do you inspire your students?

I think my students get inspired when they see how excited I am about learning and making things.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Keep learning. Never assume you know everything. No one does.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Be nice to your classmates—one of them could end up being your boss.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love learning from my students about current trends and the evolving culture, as well as the outside activities that inspire them.