Heh, I like your stuff a lot too - first found you through Twitter, then realized you were on here as well. I really envy the looseness and life you get into your work. Can't believe you just graduated last year!
Let me know if you're headed to SDCC this year and inclined to say hi, by the way.
Small world! Yeah, though I graduated last year, I did take a little longer than most students to get the diploma, I wound up changing my major from animation to illustration and that cost me an extra year (but it was worth it).
As far as SDCC goes, I've always wanted to go, but I can never seem to get the timing right with my financial situation. Every year, its "THIS is the year I'm finally going to make it out there", but it never quite pans out the way I'd like it to. I think NYCC this past winter was sort of my "poor man's SDCC".
Sooner or later I'm sure we'll run into one another at a convention. Are you by chance attending the Illustration Master Class this summer?
I hear NYCC is really coming into its own, but you'll definitely have to come out one year if only for the experience - it's so huge that I always meet a couple of artists I keep up with through the rest of the year, and there's always a book or two that needs to come home with you (as my overstuffed bookshelves can attest.)
Nope, I'm a bit shy of the Master Class right now; it's pretty expensive, and I'm not actually sure that I'd currently profit from it in proportion to the expense, as I know refreshing and practicing the fundamentals long-term currently tends to have more of an effect for me than short bursts of learning, so I'd rather do another few years of work on my structure and composition and then reassess whether it would be valuable. Having seen the 2008 work, you can really tell which students have underlying drawing/design problems, so I suspect I'd profit more from doing polishing/finishing touches study later on in my career.
I'm considering doing IlluxCon in 2010, though, as it seems to be gathering enough ADs to be worthwhile; I'm still waiting on the report back from a buddy who's going this year, but I suspect that one will be the next plane flight I do to the northeast.
I would be all over some new art books if my lifestyle were any less nomadic, but these days i feel like I'm not staying put anywhere for longer than 6 months. Hopefully that will change soon.
Yeah I can't say that I'm expecting this summer at the IMC to yield any profit, from a business venture standpoint, but I still think it'll be a helluva lotta fun, and I like meeting new peers and professionals. But then again, I'm all about trying to be in a "learning environment", I really think I'm going to pursue grad-school, and the IMC sorta lines right up with that mindset. I just like being around other artists. I also sorta want to save up to do the conceptart.org atelier, that would be amazing. Its got less to do with wanting to be a better "concept artist" and more to do with having the experience under my belt.
An extra curricular program that REALLY turned around the way I work was the Illustration Academy that they host down at the Ringling campus. Totally changed my mindset about image-making from the ground up. I think its one of those things that if you ever save up the money for, and have the 7 weeks to spare (ha) then it's really a good experience. But it seems that as you slide into the real-world professional life, such things are further out of reach. But hey, its always something to consider.
IlluxCon could be a winner, I've got some friends going this year, not sure if I'm going to be able to make the trek or not. If I don't wind up going, I'd be interested in hearing the feedback you get from your friend who's going.
Anyway, thanks for chattin me up, I found your blog-thing so I have added that to my Google Reader (the best way to keep track of blogs), I'll see ya around!
Damn, those are really great. I love the motion in the top part and the pallet used in the armor *D*
Man, what a sweet job too, how is it to work there? I've always wanted to work doing stuff like that but I've never known what the market is like, poking my head in conceptart always makes me wince at the competition.
Talk about delayed response! Anyway, the job WAS pretty sweet, but in my most recent journal entry i said that it is sadly no more. =/
Yeah I know what you mean about the concept art website, sometimes I wish I hadn't looked. It can be brutal to your self esteem. BUT, it can give you a good idea as to what you might need in your portfolio to get into the gaming industry.
In a better economic climate, my understanding is that its actually fairly easy to get into the gaming industry with a little elbow grease. Anyway, thanks for the kind words!