Game Artist Podcast

Ryan Kingslien

Welcome to the Game Artist Podcast where we interview amazing Game Artists to find out what makes them tick and how they got the job of their dreams.

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Check out this awesome interview with John Jasper Fielding, a Lead Animator at the Mill! John's got some amazing history with cinematic animation. Listen in and learn from him! Enjoy! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about John: https://johnjasperfielding.com/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

Jun 8

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Listen to this awesome interview with Robert Morrison, a Lead Animator at Certain Affinity! He's got some amazing insights into the world of animation.  Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Robert: http://www.robertanimator.com/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

Jun 3

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Listen to this awesome interview with Elaina Scott! Elaina Scott has worked on titles such as Iron Man 3, Avengers 2, The Hunger Games, Fast Five, Insurgent, Transformers 4, TMNT, and The Fantastic Four. Hear her tips about landing a job in the industry.  Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Elaina: https://elaina-scott.posthaven.com/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

Jun 1

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Listen to this awesome interview with Andrew Tan, an animator at Sucker Punch Productions!   Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Andrew: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewtananimation Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 27

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Check out this interview with Mark Peart, a lead animator at Super Spline Studios. Mark has animated for huge franchises, such as Lego and Call of Duty. Enjoy! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Mark: http://www.markpeart.co.uk/about/4564871070 Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 25

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Check out this awesome interview we had with Sophie Shepherd, an animator at Creative Assembly! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Sophie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/smshepherd Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 20

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Check out this interview with Matt Tovar, a character animator who also works as an assistant professor! Matt shared with us a lot of great insights into the world of animation and his journey to get where he is today. Enjoy! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com Learn more about Matt: https://vimeo.com/matthewtovar Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 18

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Listen this interview with Ju Li Khaw, a senior animator at Arkane Studios! Ju Li had a lot of insight into being a professional animator. Enjoy! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Ju Li: http://www.animstate.com/author/julikhaw/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 13

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Listen to this interview with Jess Simard, a 3D animator at Playground Games, as she sheds light on her experience working in animation.  Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Jess: https://www.artstation.com/jesssix Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 11

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Check out this interview with Mike Jungbluth, an animation director at Bioware. Mike has a lot of insight to being an animator! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Learn more about Mike: http://www.animstate.com/author/mikejungbluth/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 6

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Listen to our interview with Jon Mack, an amazing animator working for Facebook's VR-AI department. With years of experience working for AAA games, he's got a lot of insight into the world of animating video games. Enjoy! Learn more about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com Learn more about Jonathan Mack: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-mack-4025512/ Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

May 4

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Check out this new podcast with Lana Bachynski, a senior animator at Riot Games!  This will be the first podcast of an Animation series, spearheaded by the head of animation at Vertex school, Dan Perry.  Learn more about Vertex: https://www.vertexschool.com Learn more about Lana: https://www.artstation.com/latienie Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

Apr 29

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Check out this interview with Michael Rudd and Kaushit Saha. Michael is the CEO and Art Director of Playwood Games, and Kaushit is a freelance artist who worked on the game "Wartile." More about Wartile: https://www.wartile.com/ More about Kaushit Saha: https://www.artstation.com/kaushiksaha More about Vertex School: http://vertexschool.com Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/game-artist-program

Apr 20

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Check out this interview with Nayoun Kim, a senior character animator at Jellyfish Pictures! She was so fun to talk to, and has a lot of insight into being an animator in the industry today. She's worked on big pictures, such as Kung Fu Panda 3, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Croods. Enjoy! Nayoun's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ncharoenchai/ More about Vertex School: http://vertexschool.com Want to be an Animator in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming 3D Animation Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/animation-bootcamp

Dec 2020

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Check out this new episode with Brandon Pham Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Aug 2020

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 Check out this new episode with Vuk Benovic  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Aug 2020

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Check out this new podcast with Mohanad Hossam Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Aug 2020

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Check out this interview with Wayne Wong Chong, the Director of Art at Pixelmatic! Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jul 2020

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Check out this new podcast with Gavin Goulden, an art director at Insomniac Games! More about Vertex: https://www.vertexschool.com/   More about Gavin: https://www.artstation.com/gavin Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jul 2020

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In this episode, we'll be interviewing Freek Hoekstra and his transition from the Game Industry to the Tech industry where he works with Applied Intuition to build the future of autonomous cars. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jul 2020

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Check out this new episode with Pierrick Picaut!  More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Pierrick Picaut https://www.artstation.com/pieriko Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jun 2020

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Check out this new episdoe with Paul Mellender, Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Paul Mellender https://www.artstation.com/paulmellender_1 Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jun 2020

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Check out this new episode with Jason Hill, Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More About Jason Hill https://www.artstation.com/jhill Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

May 2020

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  Check out this new Episode with Lee Petty, Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Lee Petty https://www.artstation.com/lpetty Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

May 2020

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Check out this new episode talking with Ross Baxter, Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More About Ross Baxter https://www.artstation.com/rossbaxter Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

May 2020

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Take a listen to dorian's view of being an artist in the gaming world, Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Dorian Iten https://www.artstation.com/dorianiten Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

May 2020

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Listen to Tanner Kalstorm to see his perspective of being a game artist. Enjoy! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More About Tanner kalstrom https://www.artstation.com/gametexturescom Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Apr 2020

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Check out this episode staring Ryan Manning from bad rhino games giving tips and advice for all game artists  More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about ryan manning https://www.artstation.com/ryanmanning Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Apr 2020

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Take a listen to Tim Simpson's advice on how to become an amazing game artist More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Apr 2020

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Wit, wisdom and serious good advice for game artists.  Enjoy this episode with Amirhossein Erfani! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Amirhossein Erfani: https://www.artstation.com/erfani Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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"If you think your work looks good, you'll never improve. But if you think, 'That's all, this is nothing. I have to do more. I have to do better,' you will always improve. ... If you take it really slowly and just do a piece... Just practice a lot and you will get to it. And, if it gets depressing... For me, I just look at other people's work. :-) How's that for inspiration? NEVER SETTLE. That could be the motto for Character Artist Hesham Abouhatab. Learn more about him in this awesome conversation. And make sure to watch the video version of this interview to check out his demo! More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Hesham Abouhatab: https://www.artstation.com/heshamabouhatab Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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"I just stop doing something if I find it unenjoyable. So I have a lot of dead projects and I've tried to work now in a way where I'll just do the things that excite me and then, by the time I've got enough of the things that excite me done, I should have something that's far enough along that I tell myself, 'You can't not finish this now.' "I just think, as soon as you get bored just kill it and find something that interests you. Life's too short to be doing projects that you're not enjoying." What a joy to talk to Floyd Billingy! His passion for his work was so clear and infectious... He enjoys working with his teams. He takes time to learn new things. And he loves the work he does. :) More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Floyd Billingy: https://www.artstation.com/floydleroi Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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Lucky or talented? Take a listen to this awesome conversation with Character Artist Rosa Lee and let me know what you think. She claims that she was simply lucky in her career and timing... But I totally disagree. I mean, just look at her work! And when you hear her talk about the work and how she got to where she is, it only confirms it: Maybe there was some luck... But luck would not have done her much good with all her talent. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Rosa Lee: https://www.artstation.com/kokoly777 Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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"Narrative behind your piece is what drives the piece. It really gives you the influence that you need to create something that people can relate to, so they continue to look deeper and discover interesting elements that complement and add to the overall story of that piece." What an awesome conversation with Vehicle Artist Darren Tucker! Not only did he take time to dive into his process and show us how he works with trim sheets, but he also shared incredibly valuable insight with us. His advice for someone looking to get into the Industry? Of course, you need to demonstrate a strong technical understanding of 3ds Max, Maya, ZBrush, Substance, Marmoset Toolbag. More important, have a solid portfolio. Even if you don't have a lot of projects, make sure the portfolio is polished. Let your passion for the work show. And tell a story. :) More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Darren Tucker: https://www.artstation.com/dexterityart Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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Nick Lewis's tutorials on Handpainting Normal Maps in Photoshop are so cool! What a treat to host him on the Podcast!  Nick walks us through his process and then takes some time to talk to us about his thoughts on the direction the Games Industry is headed. His advice? Specialize and focus your portfolio. But, don't forget to mention all the other things that you do well. :) More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Nick Lewis: https://www.artstation.com/beatnik Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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Have you seen the amazing work of Arun Nagar?! In this episode, he shares his workflow and approach to both his professional and personal work. We dive into the nitty gritty of what it's like to be a Freelance Artist in India and then... he demonstrates some of his process with us. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Arun Nagar: https://www.artstation.com/arun-nagar Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Jan 2020

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It was such a treat to host Moa Alfredsson on the Podcast! Moa first caught my attention because she's been sharing some great tutorials in the community.   She joined us to talk about what she does and to go into more detail on how she achieved the amazing elements of her Coronation piece.   What's important to Moa Alfredsson? Artistry.  :)   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Moa Alfredsson: https://www.artstation.com/moaalfredsson  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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In this conversation, I chat with Environment Artist David Schultz about everything from what he is doing now to how we think the future of Environment Arts might evolve.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about David Schultz: https://www.artstation.com/dtschultz  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Ever struggled with self-doubt or dissatisfaction with your work? (What Artist hasn't, right?!)   How did you cope? What did you do to overcome the hurdle?   In this conversation, Character Artist Matias Zadicoff shares how he powered through it to get to where he is today.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Matias Zadicoff: https://www.artstation.com/mediaramas  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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In this episode, we shift gears a bit to talk about Concept Art.  Make sure to listen to this great conversation I had with Dave Keenan of Hi Rez Studios.  I loved his insights and really appreciate his unique perspective on what we typically consider to be the cons and downsides of being an Artist.  More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Dave Keenan: https://www.artstation.com/dkeeno Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Marc Brunet.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Marc Brunet: https://www.artstation.com/marcbrunet More about Cubebrush: https://cubebrush.co   Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry?   Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Ackeem Durrant.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Ackeem Durrant: https://www.artstation.com/ackeem  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry?   Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with game developer Chris Zukowski.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Chris Zukowski: http://howtomarketagame.com/ Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry?   Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Character Artist Emre Ekmekçi.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Emre Ekmekçi: https://www.artstation.com/emre   Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry?   Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Hard Surface Artist Julia Li.   More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Julia Li: https://www.artstation.com/juliadream   Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry?   Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Ana Carolina Pereira, 3D Game Artist & Creative Streamer.  More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Ana Carolina Pereira: https://www.artstation.com/anacarolinapereira Find Ana on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/anacarolina_art  Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Dec 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with James Ritossa. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about James Ritossa: https://www.artstation.com/jamesritossa3d Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Nov 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Simon Verstraete. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Simon Verstraete: https://www.artstation.com/siver Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Nov 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Kemal Günel. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Kemal Günel: https://www.artstation.com/kemalgunel Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Nov 2019

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Check out this awesome conversation I had with Carlos Ortega Elizalde. More about Vertex School: https://www.vertexschool.com/ More about Carlos Ortega Elizalde: https://www.artstation.com/carlosortega Want to be a Character Artist or an Environment Artist in the Video Game Industry? Apply for your spot in our upcoming Game Artist Program here: https://www.vertexschool.com/

Nov 2019

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