Currently I serve as Professor of Art and head of the award-winning 3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Program at Santa Ana College. I’m one of the rare ones who always knew I wanted to be an artist. In 1989, I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a B.F.A. in Illustration. The experience of attending a world-class college is something in which I cherish and value greatly. One of my proudest accomplishment is that I managed to pay my own way through the “college of my dreams”. Regardless of the circumstances, I did not compromise my vision. Instead, I forged ahead and made it happen against the odds. This is the secret to true joy in life; being on the “journey” in pursuit of challenging, yet worthy goals.
After graduation, I moved to San Francisco and at age 27, co-founded the advertising company WB & Associates. As an owner of a small company, I served in the capacity of graphic artist, marketing strategist, sales, CFO and HR administrator. With innovative marketing strategies, we grew our client list to hundreds in just a few short years.
In 1995, I returned to my home town in Orange County, CA, and entered the rapidly expanding game industry as a 3D game artist working for Big Grub, and later launched my own production company, Waterman Animation. With my small staff, we flourished producing 3D modeling and animation services for a variety of industries and later started to produce complete video games.
In 1997, I accepted the invitation to create the 3D modeling and animation program for the University of CA-Irvine. Four years later, I accepted a full-time tenure-track position at Santa Ana College to teach and revamp their existing digital 3D program.
Additional noteworthy accomplishments:
- Authored “3D Artist’s Guide to Real World Applications”
- Two-time runner-up for the honorable Distinguished Faculty Award
- Innumerable students at Santa Ana College’s 3D Modeling & Animation Certificate Program have won distinguished awards regionally and state-wide, and have successfully transitioned into the professional realm working as successful production artists for advertising, VFX, animation and video game companies.