Kyle McDonald is a 3D paper engineer for the start-up company Dreaming Tree. He works from his home office in Illinois and is responsible for design, engineering, and illustration. Kyle mentions that he is always learning and that his current job has been particularly challenging. “I had to reverse engineer and teach myself to create the designs used for Dreaming Tree. I pulled resources from online and my mentors to find the most efficient way to create the projects.”
He’s very dedicated to his craft—as evidenced by his work hours. “I could [spend] 40-65 hours a week to complete a project, cleaning up designs and ensuring that Dreaming Tree files would be the best—the best in the paper craft industry. All of those things lead to clean cuts and easy assembly of our projects.” Kyle says that the best compliment he can get is positive feedback from a customer. “We post our projects on [social media] and get shares, comments, and likes. All of that shows that our hard work is acknowledged and loved.”
Kyle, who in 2009 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design and in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration & Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education helped him to step in to a new job and fulfill the responsibilities. “My 3DS Max knowledge helped in the engineering of paper projects and my Illustrator knowledge assisted in creating illustrations and designs when needed.” He adds that his professional instructors also provided support and advice that have benefitted him in his career.
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