How Room8ers Were Challenged to Art Battle on Fire, Water, Air and Earth
Have you ever wondered why people say “culture makes the place”? We at Room 8 Studio know that culture sets the tone for the entire workplace and can be a great driver for talents who want to come not for just doing a job, but creating success! To fulfill this goal, we acquire extraordinary, passionate and creative individuals to build team unity through care, excellence, and reliability. When it comes to “ART BATTLE” - an internal contest for our artists - we take it as a perfect chance to set the atmosphere of total freedom and show off individuality in art styles.
ART BATTLE 2018, called Elements of Nature: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth, started on June 5 and lasted till September 10, when the judges announced the winner of the contest! The final artwork of the contestant was supposed to fully embody one of the selected elements of nature. It was one of the most rigorous criteria for the jury to evaluate and award the artwork. We held the battle in three stages, after each stage the board voted and selected the winner. Besides, to receive mentorship, guidance and timely feedback before the winner is chosen, each Monday all participants were submitting their progress as separate assets to the company's file transfer software.
Anilya Larmina, the wisest judge, beautiful lady and Senior CG Artist at Room 8 Studio told: - “For me as an artist, the central aspect is the description of the task, how she or he perceives it and offers perfect realization or solution in return. It was the keystone when I made my decision about the winner. Despite my workload, I was always eager to share my energy and attention equally to each team member who required my mentorship, regardless of extra time. It was difficult in the beginning, but I took it as an opportunity to level up my impartiality and critical thinking soft skills. Firstly, I analyzed it myself, starting with the basic principles and the emotional component, laying out all the pros and cons to give even more inspiration for the further improvement of the work. Sticking to such an approach, I tried to feedback on each artwork to retain its individuality and set the most advantageous direction for it as the final result regarding the concept art, the composition in details as well as digital drawing or painting as a single picture. But, to sum up, I am delighted that best-of-breed professionals cooperate with our studio, and frequently it was enough just to cheer up with "everything is cool, go on!”
The first stage was about creating a Concept of a Character or Environment. Our winners are 2D Artists: Evgeniya Sagay, with her Phoenix Knight and Nadezhda Teterina, with The Passenger. - “I knew that I would choose Fire from the very beginning! But the idea with the Phoenix Knight - no. It was not that easy to participate in this battle, because of limited time frames. Artists need to excel organically, rather than forcefully and always tend to polish their masterpiece again and again. The most pleasant surprise was when coworkers chose my artwork as the concept for 3D modeling and illustration. Special thanks to the jury for their assistance and guidance, as well as to the guys who supported me. The ART BATTLE provided a valuable, yet zingy experience!” - shared Evgeniya Sagay.
It was a prerequisite for participants in the Second stage to use the First Stage finalist’s concept art to achieve and practice alignment between concept art, illustration and 3D modeling! Our winner is Karina Khoroshaylo, a 2D Artist, with her award-winning illustration Land of Reborn. - “ART BATTLE is always a motivation to grow, improve and show off your skills as well as to learn something new. It is directly reflected in my artwork that was based on the Phoenix Knight Character Concept Art! It was a highly immersive experience and a great challenge because the concept was inspired by the Asian stylization, which I hadn’t worked with before. Of course, the vision of the composition and the story as a whole changed several times! Anilya's comments helped create the final illustration greatly. The artwork appealed to me, and I discovered it every week from a new angle that led me to use not standard choices regarding the palette and renders. I am grateful to the girls and Room 8 Studio for the experience - I plan to be involved in the Concept Art Stage next year!”
Dmitry Koval, the wisest judge, the cutest fellow and 3D Art Director at Room 8 Studio said: - “I expected a bit more of engagement from our 3D Artists. But due to a huge scope of projects for world most renown titles at the time of the contest, I understand why they did not show off any finished works. In the process, I tried to help all the participants but kept in mind that artworks were personal, not project-related, so it was necessary to give freedom in their ideas, rather than ready-to-use solutions. At the concept art stage, I paid attention to the development of the concept and its relevance to the chosen theme and whether the character or environment is clearly defined through the elements of nature. Also, as Anilya mentioned, it was important to apply basic knowledge of anatomy, composition, color, so that the work was completed not only regarding the idea but also of its professional implementation. Therefore, the best feedback was "Everything is cool, just keep digging!" Of course, at later stages, it was necessary to help more purposefully to showcase the work in the best possible way. I would like to wish everybody to continue with self-development and stay hungry for new obstacles, becoming the best version of themselves every day!”
At the third stage, all the artworks were submitted to Artstation for public voting by both the team members and the professional ArtStation Community. And the winner of the 1st Prize of ArtStation Community Choice is Diana Homutina, a 2D Artist, with her unique, yet awesome Pigeon Wizard!
Again, thanks to the judges and the whole team for all efforts, time, dedication, support and those likes in social networks! Be sure; we will make it even more fabulous, loud and open for all artists from the broad community willing to join ART BATTLE 2019! And, don’t forget, we are looking for extraordinary talents, who share our passion for creating visual content and technology, ensuring our partners with the best gaming experience for 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.