David Olson is a Visual Art Department Lead at Happy Mushroom. He began his career as a 3D Generalist but demonstrated such technical expertise, creativity, and work ethic that within four years he was elevated to positions of Senior Unreal Technical Director and then Visual Art Department Lead. He has worked on blockbuster movies including Ready Player One where he created some of the more outlandish creatures in the film. David was also in the virtual art department for eight episodes of The Mandalorian TV series.


Gnomon, Certificate in Digital Production, 2015-2017
The School of Art Institute of Chicago, BFA in 3D Animation, 2008-2013

Work Experience

Visual Art Department Lead, Happy Mushroom
Senior Unreal TD, Digital Domain
3D Generalist, Aaron Sims Creative
3D Generalist, Rocketship Rocketship! LLC


The Mandalorian (TV series) (Virtual Art Department)
Asura (Visual Effects Artist)
Ready Player One (Visual Effects Artist)
The Mist (TV series) (Visual Effects Artist)