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ABOUT US

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Passionate About Inspiring Others

Company culture comes from its founders. We are no different. Ping pong tables, boutique coffee and in-house company mascots are all great but its the crew who make any company truly special. So let us tell you a little about ourselves.

SkullStar Studios founder and Art Director Adam Nichols is an award-winning Concept Artist, Illustrator and Art Director having previously worked for former video games giant Krome Studios and indie breakthroughs The Binary Mill and Halfbrick Studios. Like every artist he grew up drawing but he also spent many late nights creating custom levels for the original Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, and that was before he was even a teenager. He also has a passion for all things music, collects comics, enjoys the odd AFL game (go the Lions!), and is a animal welfare advocate. Many years ago he even wrote electronic music under the alias Autaux. Who would've guessed.

He has been in the local Australian industry having the good fortune to have worked on well-known titles such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Hellboy, Fruit Ninja, Clonewars, Mini Motor Racing 1 and 2 and TY The Tasmanian Tiger. He has also worked with prominent Intellectual properties such as Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Jetpack Joyride, Warhammer, Call of Cthulhu, Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, Blade Kitten, Gun Club, among many, many others. He has worked with many of the largest international publishers including Lucasarts, Revolution Studios, Konami, EA, Activision, Microsoft and Atari.

 

Adam is also a very strong advocate for mentoring and personal and professional development having mentored many aspiring, junior and senior artists over the years. In many ways they have also mentored him and made him the artist he is today. After all, are we not a product of our own environment?

Awards & Achievements

  • APPLE AppStore’s Best of 2012
    (Best Casual Game - Mini Motor Racing)

  • UNITY Awards 2012
    (Best Graphics Nomination - Mini Motor Racing)

  • Massive Black / Conceptart.org
    (Art Competition Winner - Marama 2008)

  • HASBRO Toy - Star Wars: TFU
    (Kul Teska - Action figure design - 2010)

  • SUPANOVA & OZ COMIC CON
    (Best Casual Game - Mini Motor Racing)

  • PAX Melbourne 2015
    (Guest Speaker)

  • Learn X Awards - 2016-2018
    (Many design awards)

Qualification & PublicationS

  • Bachelor of Built Environment - Industrial Design (-2005)

  • Understanding Colour (book)
    (Nichols Publishing - 2015, Second Printing)

  • Art of Adam Nichols (book)
    (Nichols Publishing - 2015, Second Printing)

  • STREET FIGHTER (book)
    (20th Anniversary Tribute Book - 2008)

  • DARKSTALKERS (book)
    (15th Anniversary Tribute Book - 2009)

  • Ghostbusters Legion (book)
    (Titan Books - 2006)

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