Game Creation

Harmonix (1999 - present)

Creative Director (2015 - present)

  • Rock Band 4
  • Amplitude
  • Unannounced Current Project

Art Director & Designer (1999 - 2014)

  • Guitar Hero 1 & 2
  • Rock Band 1 - 3
  • The Beatles: Rock Band
  • FreQuency
  • Amplitude (original)
  • Antigrav

Art Director (1999 - 2014)

  • Disney's Fantasia
  • Harmonix Music VR
  • Dance Central 1 - 4
  • Karaoke Revolution 1 - 4
  • Lego Rock Band
  • ACDC Live

Wild Power Games (2014 - present)

Owner, Designer, Inventor, Artist

  • High Heavens (boardgame)
  • High Heavens (video game)
  • Unannounced Current Project

 

Mammoth Studios (1999)

Co-Founder, Art Director 

AVX/ZAP (1995-1998)

Co-Founder, Art Director

  •  The Nile

Teaching

Rhode Island School Of Design

  • Film/Animation/Video - (1996 - 2010)
  • Continuing Education - (1994-1996)

Game Developer's Conference

  • Lecturer

Nordic Games Summit

  • Lecturer

Published/Performed Works

Patents (2002 - present)

  • 6429863 - Method and apparatus for displaying musical data in a three dimensional environment
  • 8690670 - Systems and methods for simulating a rock band experience
  • 20090075711 - Systems and methods for providing a vocal experience for a player of a rhythm action game
  • D673582 - Display screen or portion thereof with boombox icon

Books

  • The Art Of Rock
  • Expose (vol. 1)

Video

  • PHISH's New Year's Eve at Madison Square Garden (1998)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Andre The Giant Has A Posse

Gallery

  • Cryptozoology - Fourth Wall, MA (2013)
  • Old School - Voltage, MA (2012)
  • Undo - LAP Gallery, MA (2011)
  • Wunderground - RISD Museum (2007)

Music

Skills

Software

  • Zbrush, 3dsMax, Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Unity, Shader Forge, Mudbox, Premiere, Substance, and many more.

Hardware

  • Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, 3d Printers, Laser Cutters

Human

  • Manager of 60+ person art teams and 40+ person development teams
  • Managed hiring of over 100 artists as Harmonix's Art Director
  • Ordained by ULC and officiant at 3 weddings :)

Education

BFA Rhode Island School Of Design

  • Class of 1993 - Illustration/Animation

Illustration Master Class

  • Class of 2013
  • Class of 2015

Contact

email: ryanlesser@gmail.com

web: ryanlesser.com

Instagram: @ryanlesser

twitter: @ryanlesser