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Ivan Laliashvili is concept artist and illustrator studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ivan is currently working at a small studio that creates computer graphics for games. He is a great example of the type of artists that are evolving out of the film and gaming industry.

In the past twenty years, video games have evolved from relatively simple screen representations to complex 3-dimensional worlds where the characters seem to leap off the screen. Along with more complex imagery, the job of video game artist has evolved into a number of different roles, each with its own distinct tasks: concept artist, 2-D animator, 3-D animator, and 2-D texture artist.

The competition is fierce and global in nature so those looking to enter this world do so  knowing that the odds are against you. There are plenty of digital painting techniques that can bring awesome effects to your art but unless you have the core drawing and painting skills it won’t matter. As my ex-wife used to say “it’s like powdering a pig’s nose”

Ivan’s work is an example of what can be done by a super talented artists with core skills.

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