Mentorship Review: 2D & 3D Environments
He is currently active as a Concept Artist at Sumo Digital in the UK.
3D & 2D Environment Painting Mentorship
Tell us about yourself: Who are you, what do you love to do, and where are you from?
I am from Italy! I have a bachelor degree in Fine Arts and I attended the Comic Book School of Milan. After this, I started working as comics colourist and I did so for a couple of years. Thanks to this, I developed passion for colours, but I needed more. I wanted to draw! Thankfully, I discovered the amazing world of concept art. Uncharted 2 art book was new on the market at that time and I was amazed from those illustrations. For this reason, I followed a concept art course, I started working freelance on a few videogames: mobile, slot machines, etc., and at the end, Ubisoft Milan hired me as concept artist full time! This was the beginning of my in studio career.
What were the biggest problems you faced when you started out as an artist?
What did you do during the mentorship and what helped you on each task?
I did two months mentorship to learn how to use Blender in a concept art workflow. This is an amazing software and I would not have been able to learn all the stuff I learnt without this mentorship.
Christopher help was very useful to understand how Blender works and how to set up the program for concept art purposes. We have used both Eevee and Cycles and we have studied Blender nodes system and texturing. I have also learnt how to use extremely bright colours in Photoshop, working with 32 bits files. This amazing trick is something that I would never figure out without Christopher help.
this was the first image we worked on. We have chosen a simple theme just to take confidence with Blender and Cycles and to learn all the tricks I needed. We have also used 32 bits colour grading and this is why the lights are so bright. We placed the assets together, choosing the right composition and lighting. Then we render the main scene and did a paintover on top, pushing the lights and Photobashing the building.