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Omar Gatica

Lighting Artist / Art Director

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Designing and lighting environments for games.

Omar Gatica is currently an Associate Art Director at First Contact Entertainment. He has been working in the video game industry for over 15 years. Working professionally at AAA studios including NC-Soft, Activision, Naughty Dog, Neversoft, and Infinity Ward. Over the last decade and a half, he has shipped titles such as Guildwars, Uncharted 1, 2, 3, Call of Duty Ghosts, Infinite Warfare, and Modern Warfare. He is currently working on the frontier of AAA - VR interactive games.


Omar is a superb artist and teacher. His lectures and feedback were easy to follow and helped to highlight areas of weakness in a submission. Omar showed us multiple ways to tackle lighting in different environments, the maths behind it, and tools to achieve results. It is a great course for anyone who wants to find their feet in the area but also pushes them to try new workflows and experiment.


Omar is a super nice guy and a brilliant teacher. I enjoyed our interactions across the course and in general I learnt a lot.


The instructor was very good at explaining tasks and answering questions. Feedback from the assignments was always on time and never felt rushed.