Class of 2023 • Design

Heather Kearns

Heather Kearns
Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


I've always been drawn to the process of design and the infinite possibilities that lie within three-dimensional space. I used clay and other materials when I was young and now, armed with digital tools, I continue to explore the realm of three-dimensional art focusing on 3D art for games. I love creating characters and the worlds they inhabit, so for my final project I designed a dragon and its dimension.Through this project, I seek to capture the essence of duality - the interplay between ancient and contemporary, light and shadow, tradition and innovation. Within the magical realm I've crafted, the dragon finds its sanctuary, guarding a trove of treasures that transcend time and space. The environment is a juxtaposition of darkness and brilliance, as neon lights and signs pierce the backdrop of space.On the technical side of things, I wanted to explore using Unreal Engine 5 to create an environment for the first time and also to create a game ready creature character from scratch. Creating a character and then finally seeing it move around in my environment for the first time was an amazing moment. I also made many props for this project which can be seen all over the environment. I learned so much during this project and look forward to designing and creating many more worlds and characters in the future.
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