About a month ago I took my holidays. The past few years I have not travelled but with another summer of rain I thought it would be good to go somewhere warm. It happened that the Behind the Iron Curtain workshop was happening around that time. I had not been to any workshop before and I had no idea what to expect but off to Bucharest I went.
I was so glad I took the trip. It was educational and inspirational. The workshop was covering 2d and 3d work but I went just to focus on the 2d.
The demos were good but what was most useful for me was finding out how the industry worked and what to consider when putting images together.
A designer Daniel talked through his career and design philosophy. He worked on the bugatti. I had to take this photo as I painted one last year.
Was all about the story. After giving an overview of his work his sessions focused on storyboarding. They were great - lots of interaction.
Raphael went over some of the projects he worked on and some general pointers about design. I went to a few of his sessions which included a speed paint and a matte painting. I have not tried any matte painting so was really interested to see the workflow.
Neville modeled the fine fellow below over the weekend. I started out working in Maya and played with Zbrush but have not gone back to them since. Seems like Zbrush has moved on since I used it.
The sessions were really informative - once again a focus on good design.
Overall met some great people learned alot and had alot of fun.
One of the re-occurring comments was to have a story behind the image or design. The other one I heard alot was for those wishing to work in concept art was to think about if it would suit you - can you work in a team? Are you OK with the possibility no one may ever see some of the work you produce or worse it may even be destroyed due to contractual restrictions?
For a more photos and a look at the more informal parts of the workshop look here.