Freelance, Moving and new toys

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.

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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.

 

 

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Art Resources

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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

Spectrum

Expose

Exotique

Digital Painting Techniques by 3d Total

Tutorials and Learning – Paid

Vfx Workshops – www.vfxworkshops.com

CDW http://www.cdwstudios.com

Gnomon- http://www.thegnomonworkshop.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

Ctrl Paint

Scott Robertson – http://www.youtube.com/user/scottrobertsondesign

Feng Zhu- http://www.fzdschool.com/programs_design_cinema.html

Riven Phoenix – http://www.alienthink.com

Communities

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

http://www.theartoffreelancing.com

http://www.kotaku.com

Pact- www.artpact.com

 

Misc

Textures – http://www.cgtextures.com

Pose Reference http://www.3d.sk/

Pose – http://www.senshiStock.com

Pose- http://www.faestock.deviantart.com

 

Dragon vs Samurai

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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.

The Soulkeeper

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.

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