Hi, my name is Charlie Gill. This is not going to be a lecture on all of the things I have accomplished or the things I know how to do, you can find all that in my resume. No, as the title implies, this is all about me. I want to share things about my life that I'd like you to know that doesn't include my professional or academic history.
First off, a brief history about where I came from. I was born and raised in Medina, Ohio. Dang, that was brief.
On a similar note, I grew up with an older brother, who I was very competitive with and am still competitive with to this day. Some years later, I became an older brother as well with the addition of a younger sister. I don't get to see either of them as much anymore because my sister still lives at home and my brother and I moved away, so the time I spend with them is precious.
In my early and late teen years I played sports through school, city leagues, and recreationally. These sports included wrestling, cross country, soccer, baseball, football, and softball. I still play softball during the summer and football during the winter, although I haven't been able to play as much since leaving for college. I miss playing football the most because it is with a group of guys that I have been playing with for about 6 years, all ranging from 17 to 60 years old and we always have a great time.
Recently I have been working on different projects with some friends in Bowling Green, Ohio. Those projects range from tablet video games, to card games, to source books. Basically, I jump all over anything where I can draw or design or come up with new ideas. It feels weird when I'm not working on a project or drawing something for fun, I feel too stagnant.
Speaking of fun, I also love to play video games. Games where you get to challenge your mind with strategy or skill are my favorite. Games like the Final Fantasy series were my introduction to strategy and exposed me to the concept of good gameplay. At the age of 13 I watched a special features disk that came with my upgraded copy of Halo 2, and couldn't get enough. I must have watched those special features as much as I played the game….ok, I played the game way more than I watched the special features, but you get my point. I knew from that moment on that I wanted to use my love and passion for art to create 3D animations and games.
Lastly, and I'm not really sure why I'm putting this last, but I absolutely love playing Dungeons and Dragons. Creating a world that you can play in your mind is something that I feel can help hone skills used in the outside world. Making my own character sheets and playing with friends can be a great release and allows for me to feel like a kid, which ultimately is what I want to be able to do for everyone.