Hi! I’m Niki Gerrier, and I’m a Graphic Designer from southern Ontario!
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon because it’s a way to let my imagination out into the real world, though I’ve dabbled in other mediums like clay. One of my biggest goals is to create a comic series and later turn that into an animation.
I jumped at the chance to take Graphic Design in high school so that I could learn to use Photoshop to make digital art, but I also got to learn Flash and Illustrator. At the time, I was just getting interested in drawing Anime/Manga style characters and found that the multiply blend mode is useful for working with black and white line drawings. When I got better at working with pens, all I had to do was scan my outlines, use that blend mode, and colour underneath.
After I graduated, I enrolled in the Art & Design Foundation Studies program at Centennial College. This was my first experience with life drawing, but I enjoyed it so much that I also started going to the 6PM weekly life-drawing class offered by the college. I kept this up when I was accepted into the Graphic Design – Media program.
I started dabbling in 3D with Google Sketchup (after a friend in the same karate class recommended it) and eventually branched out into Metasequoia and Blender to create 3D models for fun. After I finished the Graphic Design – Media program at Centennial, I immediately applied to their Digital Animation program. I fell in love with Autodesk Maya and plan to upgrade my desktop computer so I can continue making models and textures for games and animation on the side. Sometimes, I switch back and forth between 3D programs. As an example, I could block out a room in Sketchup, then take it into Blender or Maya for refinements and texture work.
I own a peg bar, but I’m shopping for a punch so I don’t have to keep buying pre-punched animation paper. I’m also following Monty Oum’s RWBY and Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe with great anticipation, hoping that maybe I’ll be able to create something with so much impact someday!