I have being working in the AAA industry for tha last 3 years and the crunch is what is forcing me to find something else to do in life even if I love 3d. Some places may be more respectful with their employees but in my experience the crunch is even calculated in advance cause they know the workers will accept that. Some people is very passionate and don´t mind to do it and that is fine but a lot of people have families and they want to build a healthy environment with them or other goals outside the working ours. Not to mention non-payed overtime and other abuses I faced. Hope this industry fixs this problem.
Those tilesets are sexy. Seeing new tilesets is like getting introduced to a new lego set.
If you’re in 3d art business, VFX, game development, animation (or anything related), you must have heard about Gnomon. I was lucky to have a small tour around the iconic school thanks to Crystal Mora.
Gnomon is epic. It takes half of a huge TV centre right near the Paramount Pictures Studio. You’d never guess it’s there though. But once you get inside, it seem like you’re in the offices of Electronic Arts or Pixar. Art is all around you. You can see pictures, paintings, renders hanging all over the place. It’s 2d art, concept art, 3d environments, character, clay busts of various monsters.
Inside it’s a bit of a labyrinth of laboratories, studios, rooms filled with powerful PCs, arcade cabinets and loads of fantastic art. Gnomon has probably some of the coolest and most dense studying environments ever. Of course, nothing here is smoke and mirrors. Every room has a purpose, every space has a unique function. Gnomon is one of the few schools, which actually makes sure that you have a solid background in traditional arts. Sculpting starts with Clay, not Zbrush. Painting starts with pencils and brushes and not your favourite Wacom tablet.
There’s a big gallery at Gnomon, which has various exhibitions exhibitions. This time it was environment art! It was great seeing the works by some of the coolest artists out there, who were also featured extensively at 80.lv. You can actually see, that Gnomon staff takes pride in the people they work with. The graduates of Gnomon go on to become parts of the biggest games in the world.
Gnomon is not an easy place to get into, though. First, you have to bee good at art (kind of obvious, right). You have to have a good eye, creativity and talent. Gnomon knows how to spot talent. You can tell it from the beautiful works its students produce. And, well, you got to have the money. There are different financial aid programs, but in the end it’s still on the expensive side of things. You don’t need to be fully invested and spend 2 or 3 years there. If you just want to pick up some new skills, apply for some courses and get your things going. Also, there are free online streams, where some of the biggest artists in the business give lectures and talk about their craft. Don’t miss those.
If you like art, especially if you like modern game art, you definitely need to visit Gnomon. Studying there is a privilege. It’s a gift.