Payton Focken


  • Photo-realistic rendering
  • Lighting
  • Compositing
  • Modeling
  • Graphic Design
  • Photo Effects


  • Autdodesk Maya
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Mental Ray

Other Software (Limited knowledge):

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Autodesk Mudbox


Parkland College: Champaign, IL
Associates in Applied Science, Digital Media
2008 – 2010


Classroom Assistant
Parkland College (Jan 2011-May 2011, Aug 2011-Dec 2011)

Assisted students around the lab who needed help learning the Maya software.
Occasionally provided mini-demonstrations for students to illustrate the various techniques they were learning at the time.

 Freelance Artist
Graphic Design/3D (May 2012-present)

3D Modeling, texturing, studio lighting, and rendering objects with a photo-realistic quality.

Basic Web Development, logo design.

Visualization Specialist

Beckman Institute for Advance Science & Technology, Champaign IL (June 2013-present)

Create high-quality 2D/3D illustrations of scientific research for various promotional materials and publications, photograph subjects in both macro and traditional formats, and capture video in ultra high speed action with a camera that supports over 8,000 frames per second.


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