Artist: Sergey Samarskiy
Location: Montreal, Canada
🖼 "My name is Sergey Samarskiy. I was born in Ukraine. Now I'm working as a 2D/3D artist at Gameloft Montreal (Canada)."
❓Who or what influenced your art style the most at the beginning of your journey?
🗣 I started learning computer graphics back in school. At first, I was strongly inspired by movies with many visual effects, like the Lord of the rings, Matrix, Final Fantasy, and video games like Warcraft 3, Elder Scrolls, and so on. At the time, I discovered a few big CG-communities — cgtalk.com, conceptart.org that I was actively browsing, and where I was getting familiar with other people and their progress. I was getting inspired by Craig Mullins, Jaime Jones, Enayla. However, my art style and manner of drawing don't look like people I was following.
❓How did you start your professional career?
🗣 I met a few artists that were working at big Russian video game companies. At that moment, they helped me to figure out that drawing can earn me money. I was trying to draw, improve myself, and eventually, I got my first gigs. In the beginning, I was drawing for mobile and social games. Then I switched to more significant projects at more prominent companies.
❓What software and hardware do you use, and why?
🗣 My computer of choice is Intel Core i7, 32 GB RAM with GeForce 1080Ti. To create my 2D illustrations, I'm using mostly the app called "Krita."
It is free and has all features I need. However, for illustrations that require photo bash, there is nothing better than good old Photoshop. For my 3D artworks, I'm using many different programs: Zbrush is for sculpting. 3DCoat and Substance Painter for texturing. I've been using 3ds Max for modeling, but now I'm actively learning Blender and using it more often. In my opinion, it has excellent potential.
❓ What do you think is the best way to work for you: full-time, freelance, part-time, and why?
🗣 The current situation with COVID showed that I prefer working from home. I like managing my own time and take responsibility for those decisions. That's why I think that freelance is the best way to work for me.
❓What was your most challenging project, and why?
🗣 Every new project has its complications and challenges. But the most challenging was Dungeon Hunter Champions because I had to adjust my style to match the project's art direction. Before it, I haven't drawn such stylized artworks, and it was very challenging for me to adapt.
❓What was your most significant learning experience, and how does it help you now?
🗣 The most important skill that I've got is the ability to learn new things. I never stop self-educating, and I much enjoy it when I'm learning something. 2D graphics, 3D, sculpting, animations, and coding are exciting things. I love to explore new soft and different methods from any part of life (even not related to game development or computer graphics).
❓What is your dream project or art direction that you're starving to try?
🗣 My dream project is any project of my own. Can't wait until I get some time to work on my ideas!
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 I don't know if I can call this illustration a project, but "Jaina – Ghosts of the pasts" (https://www.artstation.com/artwork/e0dEgG) is one among those artworks that I like and got some positive feedback from people.
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 I have ideas for a few game projects that I even started working on. Also, I have a Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/DigitalDrawing), where I publish drawing lessons. But it is tough to combine a full-time job and personal projects. That's why I'm still trying to find the right balance and set priorities.
❓What are you passionate about, and do you have any hobbies besides art?
🗣 I prefer to take a rest when I have some free time. I like playing video games or watching tv shows. Lately, I got interested in joinery, nothing too serious so far though
❓If you had just one question about anything that you could ask and get an answer, what would it be?
🗣 The most worrying aspect of my life is financial independence. I'm dreaming of spending time working on my own stuff. If I had a chance to get a response, I would ask: "How to get financial independence?"