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Moxie


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Moxie


 

Yo!

My name is Tom Skender. I'm an Illustrator and character designer, who also dabbles in graphic design.

I go by the pen-name Moxie!

My passion for illustration and animation was sparked by early '90s anime like Dragon Ball and video games like Pokémon. My artistic style has been inspired by the works of Kyoto Animation and Disney. I am also a casual musician and competitive video gamer.

 
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The Name


What it means to have moxie

The Name


What it means to have moxie

 

I first heard the word from playing Pokemon competitively. I used a shiny red Gyarados with the ability Moxie, which raised his attack each time he took out an opposing Pokemon. I loved the aggression and momentum the ability created, and it made me look more into the word.

Here’s what Google had to say:

DEFINE: MOXIE

mox·ie

(mŏk′sē)

n. Slang

  1. The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage.

  2. Aggressive energy; initiative: "His prose has moxie, though it rushes and stumbles from a pent-up surge" (Patricia Hampl).

  3. Skill; know-how.

When it came to picking a new username, it just had to be this. Moxie sums up my attitude when it comes to life, and reflects the kind of person I aspire to be.

 
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Qualifications & Experience


Grinding out the exp points every day

Qualifications & Experience


Grinding out the exp points every day

 

UNIVERSITY

I completed a Bachelor of Graphic Design at SAE Institute Australia (Melbourne). The course explored all areas of design from typography, print, web design to digital painting, illustration, character design and drawing fundamentals.

 
 

WORK

Since then I have been working as a toy designer, concept artist, character designer and graphic designer at Headstart International, while running the Moxie brand as a freelance business.

 
 

I often do poster art, shirt art and character designs for competitive eSports organizations such as Beyond the Summit and Cloud9, as well as for the live streaming video platform Twitch. I do a lot of this for the Super Smash Bros community, whether they be high ranking players, commentators, competitive teams as well as players and fans of the series.  My designs are commonly featured on the social media of these individuals as well as worn on Twitch.tv streams by players, viewers and staff.