My mentor was very committed to mentoring, which made me want to go the extra mile in my work and give it my best shot.
Rayane is an aspiring concept artist from France. He enjoys learning foreign languages such as Korean.
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Hi ! I’m Rayane, an aspiring concept artist from France. I recently graduated from an engineering school and worked as a developer for a year. I chose this path by default as I didn’t know what I really wanted to do back then.
I’ve always been interested in art but I had that misconception that to be able to produce “good art” you had to be born with a special talent. I realized that I was totally wrong and that as with most skills, drawing is something that can be learned through a lot of practice and discipline.
So 2 years ago I took the decision to make a career change and pursue art.
Aside from art, I enjoy many other things, such as learning foreign languages (I’m currently learning Korean after loving my time as an exchange student in that country), sports and playing games with my friends.
When I started as an artist I encountered a lot of problems. Even if we are lucky that nowadays there are a lot of resources out there on the internet, it was hard for me to know which ones among them were relevant and adapted to my level.
I had the impression that every piece of information had its opposite and I was extremely confused as to which voice I should listen to in order to steer myself in the right direction.
Also, I had to learn to be patient, with social networks I felt pretty overwhelmed and thought that all good artists were able to produce awesome pieces in a very short amount of time. Thus, my fundamentals were pretty shacky but I tried to replicate what experienced artists were doing.
I was very frustrated because, unsurprisingly, my work was far from the result I wanted to achieve. I didn’t have the necessary hindsight to understand that with my few months in the art world I wouldn’t be able to produce an equivalent quality of my favorite artists, even if that seemed logical with a little common sense.
Today I’m still a long way from where I want to be, but I’ve realized that the road is long and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
Grenalia - Fish Market
This market is central to the Calnetta tribe’s trade relations with other tribes. It is also the source of supplies for the citizens and a place teeming with vitality.
I chose the CGVerse program for several reasons:
I wanted to take stock of my level and find out where I stood in relation to the quality required of a junior concept artist. Working on my own during this last year, I had trouble knowing what I needed to work on/correct to move up to the next level. I needed someone to tell me what I was doing well and, more importantly, what needed to be improved.
Also, like many young artists, I started my career by copying manga drawings I liked and then trying to do more portraits. As a result, I felt much more at ease with everything to do with characters. On the other hand, I was much less at ease with the environment part, which was a problem because I don’t like to limit myself to a single subject and I want to be versatile. So, this mentorship was an opportunity for me to rebalance my level and also to learn more about 3d techniques, which are very much in use these days.
Lastly, the fact that this mentoring was 1:1 with the mentor was a big plus for me, enabling me to have a personalized and tailored follow-up.
During the mentorship, I was able to produce a wide variety of work, including interior and exterior environments, and even try my hand at making a few keyframes.
I was able to review my entire process. Before the mentorship, I had a tendency to rush headlong into things without any preparation, which often caused me a lot of problems when I went on to create my image.
Now I’ve learned how to clearly define my project and its purpose, the storytelling behind the image, its construction with sketches and design exploration, and then how to move forward step by step when building the 3d scene. All this made my process much clearer and more efficient.
What’s more, with Adam’s extensive feedback I was able to start familiarizing myself with the level of quality expected. At first, it took me a lot of attempts before I got the green light to go on to the next stage, but by the end of the mentorship, everything was much quicker as I had started to get used to this new threshold of expected quality.
Grenalia - Dock
The Calnetta docks are located in caves beneath the island. They not only ensure the flow of boats, but also control the entry and exit of goods on the island.
The mentorship went very well, at first I was a bit apprehensive as it was my first one, but Adam was very kind and didn’t hesitate to take his time to explain concepts that I was having trouble with.
Also, the feedback I received throughout the mentorship really helped me to progress. I had insisted that I wanted honest feedback and that I wasn’t there to receive compliments, and on that point, I was served haha, but I felt my progress as the weeks went by.
Adam also made me discover fields that until then had been totally unknown to me, such as photography or cinematography, which enabled me to broaden my understanding of how to make an image that works.
Moreover, I really appreciated the fact that I was able to tackle a wide range of subjects relating to art and the art industry, including the physical and mental risks that artists face throughout their careers.
Grenalia - Shipwreck Closeup
The sea can be sublime and a source of abundant resources, but it is also capricious and only the most experienced sailors can handle it.
I’d like to say that if at any point in your career, you feel you need someone to guide you or help you get through the next stage, mentoring is a great experience.
In my case, I didn’t follow a “classic” art curriculum, and the fact that I was able to complement my self-study with a period of mentoring with CGVerse was really a chance to improve, and I’m very satisfied with it.
Also, my mentor was very committed to mentoring, which made me want to go the extra mile in my work and give it my best shot.
Finally, if you want to do a mentorship, make sure you have a clear goal in mind as to what you want to achieve with it, as this will help you and your mentor to get the most out of this period.
Grenalia - Shipwreck Closeup
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I’m very grateful for everything I’ve learned during this mentorship. Now my goal will be to continue producing images with the same minimum quality that I produced during my mentorship.
The goal is to consolidate what I’ve learned over the last few months and prove to myself that I can produce consistent work.
Next year I’d like to start applying for junior concept artist positions, so I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get up to speed.
So I’m going to keep working hard on my fundamentals and stay with an open mind to reach my goal. And above all, I’m going to keep having fun with art.
Grenalia - Shipwreck Overview
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(Before the mentorship)