Concept Artists MeetUp: What it Takes to Become a High-Class CG Professional

Room8ers are the greatest asset to the studio. At every step of their careers, the company invests in them to maximize their individual potential, increase team effectiveness and help them contribute positively to the global industry community. It is only with the collective dedication of the whole team we can take care of our partners’ brands providing the AAA-experiences their players expect.

To accomplish these goals, the studio created the best possible environment where creative talents could make the biggest impact. Room 8 Studio cherishes the culture of sharing the expertise internally and externally regularly inviting different industry pros to teach the team a thing or two. Last Saturday, July 21st, we hosted a groundbreaking one-day workshop from CG Art Guru - “Concept Artists MeetUp: Art Talks with Ivan Smirnov”. We received over 300 registrations, but could only invite 160 to attend because of the capacity of the venue. Our artists and their guests stepped away from projects and enjoyed a creative and highly collaborative atmosphere building new skills and getting new experiences!

Concept Artists MeetUp: Art Talks with Ivan Smirnov

Ivan Smirnov, Founder of Smirnov School and CG Art Guru, who mentored over 1500 digital artists in CIS countries, the author of ‘Characters Concept Art’, Environment Concept Art’, ‘CG Basics’, ‘Commercial CG Illustration’ and other courses for professional artists, was the featured speaker. He shared the secrets of how to become a high-class CG professional presenting a unique philosophy of self-development and how to deal with major career challenges. Ivan shared real-life cases and experience about concept artist’s role on the project, main barriers to artist’s professional growth and encouraged the attendees to challenge themselves to a higher standard of work and creativity. According to Ivan, professionals need to find a style of concept they are passionate about and make their chosen careers more than just a job, always going the extra mile. Besides the main blocks that interfere with the artist's career development, Ivan demonstrated how to work around those aspects creating a shatterproof design during the workshop on forms and form creation.

Concept Artists MeetUp: Art Talks with Ivan Smirnov

Arranging such an event was also necessary for the social gathering! The meetup united a variety of professionals like designers and artists in computer graphics: the creators of games, movies, people from post-production, animation, special effects and concept art. During the coffee breaks the attendees had an exclusive opportunity to discuss most recent CG trends, principles of design creation and specific nature of the game art in the free-and-easy atmosphere. It was a whole day of expert insights and practical training!

The participants levelled up skills and left the event inspired on how to adopt a systematic approach to delivering exceptionally qualified solutions to their clients. With the motivation from the successful mentor as Ivan, a chance to interact with industry professionals, and a captivating sunset enjoyed from the top floor of the business center, it was indeed a day to remember!

Concept Artists MeetUp: Art Talks with Ivan Smirnov

“Concept Artists MeetUp: Art Talks with Ivan Smirnov” was the second event in the row because after the unprecedented success Room8ers enjoyed over the past several quarters during a special course of lectures called “Concept art of Characters. Level 2”, we felt compelled to make it a real success both for the team and industry. Be sure, we will make it even greater next year! And, don’t forget, we are looking for extraordinary talents, who share our passion for creating visual content and technology ensuring our partners the best gaming experience to their players. If you are one of them - apply to join our team! We’d love to hear from you and discuss the opportunity that fits your life.

Here is a quick video-throwback to the event! Have you found yourself in this video?

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