Dr Adam Twycross

Senior Lecturer, Computer Games Art

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Computer games art

Courses taught: Computer Games Art

Adam is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Art with an extensive background in industry, education, and research. He teaches classes on a wide range of topics in software including Maya, ZBrush, the Substance Suite, Unreal and Unity.

Email: adam.twycross@aru.ac.uk

Background

Adam has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate course in animation, VFX and games. Previously the programme leader for the NCCA’s MA in 3D Computer Animation and the Course Leader of Arts University Bournemouth’s BA in VFX, Adam joined ARU in January 2022 as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Art.

He has worked as an environment artist for Cambridge-based games studio Frontier Developments, and for the Neil Roberts studio on Macragge’s Honour, a graphic novel set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, as well as for a broad range of clients including the BBC and the Metropolitan Police Service.

His research centres around comics, periodicals and the emergence and development of newspaper strips, and he is currently under contract to Palgrave Macmillan for a book on this topic for release in 2024.

Research interests

  • Comics and Periodicals
  • Newspapers and Newspaper strips
  • Social History

Adam’s research centres around comics, periodicals, and the development of British newspaper strips. He is currently working with Palgrave Macmillan on a book for the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels series that will chart the development of British newspaper strips across a hundred-year period from 1880. He has delivered numerous papers at academic conferences across the UK and is developing follow-on projects in several areas.

Teaching

Adam currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Game Concepts and Analysis
  • Game Art Creation
  • Specialised Practice in Game Art
  • Digital Sculpting for Games
  • Major Project for Games

Recent presentations and conferences

'More than Mere Ornament: Re-evaluating Norman Pett’s Jane'. Conference paper delivered at The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, Bournemouth University, 27-29 June 2018.

'Star of Blood: The Forgotten History of Wallestein the Monster'. Conference paper delivered at The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 11-13 July 2016.

'Scarth: Transnational Perspectives of the British Newspaper Strip'. Conference paper delivered at The Comics Forum, Leeds Central Library, 3-4  November 2016.