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.
Irma Osmiegiene was born in Lithuania, where she lived up until 2014 when she moved to the United Kingdom. Everything she started working on in Lithuania was left there. Irma chose to stay in England and wanted to continue pursuing her career as an artist there. She never studied fine art at a degree level, she was completely self-taught at the time. Back in 2011, she started pursuing her career as an artist, she realized that this is what she always wanted to do and she has since attended a two-year course in the art department at the Art School of Algimantas Raudonikis in Joniskis, Lithuania. Among others, Irma has had her work exhibited in different exhibitions including the Joniskis Municipality in June 2014, the Joniskis Education Center exhibition in October-December 2014, or her personal exhibition in Joniskis Culture Center in October 2014.
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.
Efflam Mercier is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brest, France, currently working on concept art for film at MPC, as well as doing freelance work on Magic: The Gathering. He specializes in lighting and visual storytelling, using painting, photography and CGI to create stunning artwork. This artist is renowned for his keenness to help other artists better themselves and it’s likely, that some of you know him quite well. Today, he’s here to talk to us about the importance of having original ideas when creating concept art.
Yekaterina Bourykina is a 3-D character artist from Russia who currently lives in Woodland Hills, California together with her boyfriend, Geoffrey Ernault. After she graduated at the Art Institute of Dallas, she went on to work for Picture Plane Imaging where she gained confidence as an artist before leaving to work for Blizzard Entertainment.