Bob Rafei is the Co-Founder and Chief Visual Officer of Big Red Button Entertainment, Inc. and a 15 year veteran of the gaming industry. He was formerly the 13 year art director, character animator and concept artist of Naughty Dog, Inc. (subsidiary of SCEA). He joined NDI in early '95 as its first employee while in the visual development stage of Crash Bandicoot. He played a key role in establishing the look of this series; touching on all aspects of production, from back ground modeling, lighting, texturing, to character rigging and animation.
He then led visual development for the award winning Jak & Daxter series for the PS2, as well as contribute to character animations. Most recently, he co-art directed the award wining Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for PS3, focusing on visual development, cinematic mo-cap, animation and lighting. These titles have generated 35 Million unit sold to date.
Bob serves as an advisory board member for Game Developer’s Conference, The Game Developer Choice Awards, and One Big Game. He has lectured at GDC, USC School of Cinema, Visual Effects Society, Gnomon School and SIGGRAPH on various VA & Production subjects. He also serves as panel leader on Animation and Art Direction craft categories for the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' (AIAS) achievement awards. He has contributed writings to Animation Magazine and Animation World Network. Some of his non-gaming credits include album cover art for A&M Records, notably Blues Traveler's: Travelers & Thieves, and inclusion in Society of Illustrators annual #35. He is a ’91 BFA graduate in Illustration from Parson’s School of Design, NYC.
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