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.
MOOD is a visual development studio based in Denmark, Copenhagen co-founded by Rasmus Berggreen. The studio is known for the talent it houses, with the likes of Jan Ditlev, Titus Lunter, and Suzanne Helmigh. The team at MOOD strive to bring high-end artworks to their clients whilst working toward a positive work environment for themselves.
Crystal Kung started to draw when she was a child. She was born in Xi’an, China, but was raised in Taipei, Taiwan, where she moved at the age of five. As a young girl, Crystal enjoyed reading art books. During the high school years, drawing became more important to her, and she focused on illustration. After all, high school was the place where she picked the college major. Just like so many of us surrounded by not overwhelmingly appealing urban landscape, she was realizing that more art could help to improve aesthetics, what was making her even more determined.
Stavros Damos was born in Thessaloniki, where he studied graphic design at the AAS College of Art & Design. Stavros specializes in illustration, and has been developing a recognizable style since he was in high school. His clients are primarily advertising agencies, publishing houses and magazines. In his spare time, he continues to find new ways of working which helps him to further distinguish from the crowd. His love for the arts is what gives him the strength and fuels the optimism that he holds for the future.
That said, I am still surprised by how well everything worked out in the end considering the circumstances. I would have never thought that a project of this scale and complexity would be manageable over the internet…
Gareth Coker is a Los Angeles-based composer who received his education at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, studying both composition and film scoring respectively. Having visited and or lived in different countries, Gareth has been influenced by many cultures which have found their place in his music. Since he moved to Los Angeles in 2009, Gareth has worked on various different projects through which he gained a foothold in the industry – with the most notable one being Ori and the Blind Forest.
Piotr Jabłoński is a self-taught freelance artist based in Białystok, Poland. At first, he was interested in graffiti and street art, but after that he found out about digital art and was infatuated by it. Having attended the Technical University of Białystok, where he studied Architecture and Urbanism, he chose instead to move onto something else and pursue a career in the visual arts. Now, he works as a freelance Concept Artist and Illustrator.
Pavel Sokov is a freelance artist who was self-taught up until he was twenty-four – at that point, he quit his secure job in marketing, instead choosing to move to California to attend the Watts Atelier of the Arts. Within less than a year, he was commissioned to work on a portrait of Vladimir Putin for Time Person of the Year issue. As of the beginning of this year, he’s working on commissioned portraits of Saudi Arabian royalty which are to hang in the government offices.
Ryan Gitter is a Concept Artist based in Austin, United States of America. He’s employed as a Senior Concept Artist at Certain Affinity, and has worked on several notable projects including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Halo 4, and PlanetSide 2 to name a few.
Colin Thomas is a Character Artist who’s currently based in Los Angeles (US). He’s go more than six year’s worth of experience working as an artist in the entertainment industry, and has worked as a freelancer as well as in-house at various studios. He has contributed high-end models for cinematic trailers as well as in-game use. He has been working at Naughty Dog as a Senior Character Artist for nearly three years.