Becoming a successful concept artist in this day and age is tough. You have to spend countless hours creating portfolio artwork whilst growing your social media presence in order to build your professional network. And like most of our dreams, it will seem impossible at first. This is why we interviewed James Combridge, an Australian Concept Artist from Newcastle. James loves creating worlds, telling stories and constantly improving his artwork. We asked him a few questions we thought a beginner artist might want answers to.
Henrik Evensen is a twenty-six year old Digital Artist from Norway. He is currently working at Storyline Studios, a small post-production company that does work on local live-action films, TV series and commercials. Evensen is given lots of different tasks over at Storyline and he’s become a very versatile artist because of it. He says: “I’m a generalist, doing anything from concept-art and matte painting to modeling, rendering, you name it!” During the interview, he told us that he worked there for two years now, and did six months of freelance work prior to that.
Florian Aupetit is an Art Director and 3-D Generalist from Paris, France. Currently, he works at a small design and production studio named Monsieur K where he hopes to learn more about CGI to help him realize his dream of creating an animated short. In the interview, he tells us that Father & Son is a personal project he has been developing in his spare time for two years now, and that this is the project he wants to make the short film for. Of course, making this a reality is really tough considering that he has a full-time job and is still learning digital painting. But it is no longer just a pipe dream as him and his friend have finalized a script and most of the scenarios have actually been drawn up and made into illustrations. We hope, in short, that an animated film will be released in the near future.
Jean Brice Dugait is a freelance entertainment artist, currently living in Montpellier, France. He has worked on a number of successful video game franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Rayman at Ubisoft before moving on to contributing to Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition at Moon Studios. Unfortunately, Jean wasn’t too happy with the world-building aspect of the Assassin’s Creed project he was doing, he said that “It’s a great franchise, I just wasn’t happy working on that kind of world[…]” And went on to tell us that when he heard that Moon Studios were looking for artists to help on the definitive edition of Ori, he knew that that’s where he wanted to go next.
I have a love-hate relationship with tutorials promising the secrets to drawing idyllic flaxen locks, glossy anime eyeballs, or more abstract themes like “how to draw scifi”. It’s well-intentioned that others are trying to get people’s art from point A to point B or build excitement over creating in general, but they will never teach those people how to see. In my experience, drawing is far more seeing with your brain than it is drawing with your hand. Anyone needing honest titles for tutorials should consider something like “How I Drew Something That Was Scifi.” When I do tutorials on creating good artwork, they end up being abstract, nonlinear, and involve steps like…
Since he was a teenager, Timothy Rodriguez knew he wanted to do digital art. The artist grew up in La Rochelle, France and later moved to Paris where he attended École de communication visuelle – a private design school – before dropping out after one year and starting freelance in the city. He is now an artist with years’ of experience who has worked for several renowned companies like Applibot, Bethesda Softworks and Warner Bros. Rodriguez also had the opportunity to work on popular franchises like The Elder Scrolls among others. Of course, he also works on some great personal art and he will share with us today why this is important for any artist who hopes to be successful.
Even Mehl Amundsen is a far–traveled fantasy artist from Stabekk, Norway. Currently, he is living in Denmark. He has worked for Blizzard Entertainment, Games Workshop and other reputable companies in the past. This artist’s career started in Quebec, Canada, where he worked for VOLTA, a studio that is well known in the entertainment industry. This is where Even spent three years learning the ropes of his new job with the help of a great many artists who he looked up to at the time. Working in-house at a studio is a big step-up for any artist and it definitely helped Even kick-start his career as an artist and propelled him to where he is today.
Edouard Caplain is an entertainment artist from Paris, France. He has worked on Life Is Strange from start to finish and also provided artworks for several other titles such as Alien: Isolation in the past. Caplain has been involved in the visual development of the studio’s second game for three years, as one of the main concept artists at DONTNOD Entertainment, he influenced the aesthetics of the game greatly. The following is an interview with Caplain where we talk about the art behind Life Is Strange; find out what what went into making the seaside town of Arcadia Bay, the processes that were used by the artists and how the unique art direction was achieved.
Yohann Schepacz is a French entertainment artist currently living in Montreal, Canada. The artist founded OXAN studio in 2012 alongside his wife, Yan Li, who Schepacz collaborated with for two years prior to setting up the company. Currently he works as an artist and studio manager there. The art studio has been able to work on a variety of different projects such as Deus Ex Universe, Magic: The Gathering and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Time after time, Schepacz has been able to provide excellent works for commercial clients. Today, he is here to talk to us about his journey so far.
Alessandro Baldasseroni is a 3-D character artist who was born and raised in Milan, Italy. The artist specializes in character modelling, texturing and shading, and is arguably one of the best in the industry for this kind of thing. Alessandro started off as a CAD operator working for a company before he got into game art with his job as a 3-D generalist at Milestone, one of the biggest game developers in Italy. Almost twenty years have passed since Alessandro first experimented with the software and he is now working as a character modeler at Riot Games.