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About

Hi, My name is Monika.

I'm a CG artist, illustrator, programmer, and superhero enthusiast living in New England. I am currently studying for a BFA in Illustration and a BA in Computer Science in the Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design Dual Degree Program. I've been drawing since I could hold a crayon and telling stories since I could speak. I love doing them both at the same time.

Grab a seat - I'll get you a drink.

When I was little, I remember watching A Bug's Life on repeat and playing Lego Star Wars until my mom pulled the Wii controller out of my paint-stained hands. It never occurred to me that someone made the movies I was watching and the games I was playing. I also spent a lot of time digging for worms and reading the science-related sections of The Dangerous Book for Boys while hiding in my closet. I also had The Daring Book for Girls, but "Hopscotch, Tetherball, and Jump Rope" just didn't have the same ring to it as "Making Cloth Fireproof."

When I was applying to colleges, I had difficulty deciding whether I wanted to pursue science or art. Luckily, I stumbled across the Dual Degree program between Brown and RISD, where I didn't have to choose; I could do both art and STEM independently without having to sacrifice either of my interests.

It wasn't until I got to college that I realized that there were people who actually worked at the intersection of art and technology. I first heard the term Technical Director my sophomore year, and although it's a massive cliché, that's when it felt like the fog cleared, and I saw my future.

Now that I've found my passion for CG, I can't imagine doing anything else. Combining my love of science and art without having to choose one? What could be better!

I'm thrilled you're here.

We're a lot alike, you and I. We're both trying to make a life we love out of what we do. Isn't everyone? But loving what you do can be tricky. Not everyone can make a living out of their passion. But as Maya Angelou said, "making a living is not the same thing as making a life." Wouldn't it be great if we all could do both?

This is where you come in.

Has anything I said resonated with you? Interested you? Have any questions? Are you wondering how many pets I've had (hint: it's a lot)? Want to work with me on a project? Don't be shy; get in touch. I would love to hear from you.

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