Game Art & Design
3D Artist at Marxent Labs
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
The art field is entirely self-motivated. You have got to want it more than anything else. Dylon Mellott , 3D Artist at Marxent Labs Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design, 2015 , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Dylon H. Mellott is a 3D artist at Marxent Labs, a company that creates 3D virtual products platform for retail and manufacturers, in Dayton, Ohio. “Marxent is a really unique place. I work with people my own age on some really cutting edge [projects]. It’s the kind of place where you get to work with your friends—but you’ve got to be humble and a team player. It’s about not putting up any barriers,” he says.
Dylon works to create immersive 3D reality for clients. Because this is a ground-breaking field, it is challenging. “After getting my position at Marxent, I was quickly thrust into a lot of unknowns. I reached out to a [friend] and asked for professional advice. I solved the issue by doing research and getting advice from a more senior artist.”
The demands of his career are high, and he cautions current students to be prepared for long hours and continuing education. “The 3D game art field it not for everyone. You truly have to commit your life to it. You have to put the time in during work hours and then go home and put in more hours. If you only do the bare minimum, you will simply not stand a chance of being employable.”
Dylon, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, says that his education provided the environment he needed to grow as an individual and an artist. “I was able to engage with faculty and my peers, which was incredibly helpful to me.” He mentions the value of a strong portfolio, created during his years in school. “I put a lot of time and effort [into it]. My last year of school, I went to the Game Developers Conference. It’s one of the highlights of my life. I got to meet some of my art idols and my work paid off when a few of them recognized me from my online portfolio.”