It’s been a crazy month, I’ve moved out of the city and back to the Scarborough seaside. I needed to see some crashing waves and trees rather than office blocks. Until this point I was working full-time at Pixel Bomb Games and then taking on freelance work on the side. Slowly working towards building a big enough client base to go it alone. This has been the first week of being solely a freelancer. It’s very early days but so far I’m feeling good. I’ve made enough to pay the rent and I’ve also managed to do some personal work.
I also finally bought a Cintiq 24hd. Very exciting. I have been saving for this for a couple of years but never had room in any of the flats I have lived in.
The final push to get one came last month when I was invited down to the Disney Studio in Brighton to meet the team and have a look around. They were using Cintiq’s and couldn’t say a bad word about them. Before then I hadn’t ever got my hands on one.
I would recommend getting one just for the unboxing experience I don’t know what I was expecting but it was like an epic puzzle from Tombraider getting it out.
Another awesome thing about freelancing is that I’ve made myself a schedule and it actually stops. For the past two years I’ve got up gone to work, come home from work and carried on working till I went to sleep. I can actually now do other things. I won’t lie though; these other things will still be mostly be art related. But being by the sea I can get back into surfing too.
One thing I love about being a freelance concept artist is that one day I’m designing Tattoos for a single client and the next I’m working for the US Navy. (Americans have no fear; they haven’t asked me for ship designs, YET.) But it is extremely exciting work. Some of my recent private work in progress commissions you can see below.
Just a quick note to say that I will be heading down to London for the Industry Workshop event at the end of August. Feel free to say hi if you are there. Early bird tickets have sold but you can sign up for standard tickets on the website.
As promised here is a list of resources:
Books I Own
Creative Illustration – Andrew Loomis
Figure Drawing for all its worth- Andrew Loomis
Basic Perspective Drawing a visual approach- John Montague
Colour and Light – James Gurney
Imaginative Realism- James Gurney
Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design. – Richard Yot
Journals and Magazines
Imagine Fx – http://www.imaginefx.com
2d Artist – http://www.2dartistmag.com
2d Geek – http://www.2dgeek.com
Digital Painting Techniques by 3d Total
Tutorials and Learning – Paid
Vfx Workshops – www.vfxworkshops.com
CDW – http://www.cdwstudios.com
Digital Tutors- http://www.digitaltutors.com
Schoolism – http://www.schoolism.com
Ctrl Paint- http://www.ctrlpaint.com
CGMA – http://www.2d.cgmasteracademy.com
Noah Bradley Art Camp – http://www.noahbradley.com/artcamp
Tutorials and Learning – Free
Scott Robertson – http://www.youtube.com/user/scottrobertsondesign
Feng Zhu- http://www.fzdschool.com/programs_design_cinema.html
Riven Phoenix – http://www.alienthink.com
CG Hub – http://www.cghub.com
Art Order – http://www.theartorder.com
Conceptart.org – http://www.conceptart.org
Crimson Daggers – http://www.crimsondaggers.com/forum
Level Up – http://www.youtube.com/user/levelupsessions
Deviant Art – http://www.deviantart.com
Freelancing and Industry Help
Textures – http://www.cgtextures.com
Pose Reference http://www.3d.sk/
Pose – http://www.senshiStock.com
Ive recently set up an INPRNT Gallery to sell prints. I will be adding a few pieces to it over the next few days. If there is any image not added that you would like please feel free to request it.
dragon vs samurai
Outside of my day job as a concept artist I often take on other commissions and work; Mostly companies and studio work but every so often I get the chance to work with individuals. I’m really pleased to be able to share the first of several Tattoo designs I am working on. I love drawing and spend so much time using a Wacom that its great to actually get back to paper and pencil.
I currently work for a games studio in Manchester UK as a full time Concept artist. The game is called Beyond Blood and Flesh, a third person post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi shooter.
Here are a couple of concepts that Ive just finished.
I was very fortunate last year to join an amazing development team. www.helm-systems.com
I can’t share too much information at this point but The Soulkeeper is an RPG I’m very excited to be working on.
My fellow developers boast incredible resumes: Gears of War 3″, “Unreal Tournament 3”, “Darksiders”, “Silent Hill: Origins” ,“ Dreamworks ”, “GTA V”, “Dead Rising 3”, “FarCry 2”, “Uncharted 2 & 3”. So as you can imagine the game so far is exceptional.
Here are a few pieces of concept art from myself.