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Santa and a new JOB!

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 30, 2007, 2:10 PM
Volume VI

For :iconsupersecretsantas: I'd like to have a christmass-y pic of bunnies or anything in my gallery =) :santa:

I got a new job!
I'm now a full-time concept artist for Housemarque that develops games for next gen consoles. It's a really hard job btw. I've painted this week 7,5hrs every day and that's not even counting in all the hours I study 3d and do personal projects at home! But seriously speaking even though I'm tired at the end of the day I'm also extremely happy to be able to combine two things I love; games and art. I might sound overly enthusiastic but that's because this really is the job I've wanted since I was a child and I've worked really hard for years to get it. It feels so different than any job I've done before. I feel like I really want to make everything I do there as good as possible because the paintings will still exist as pieces of art the next day when I return to work. (I guess you can't understand this if you haven't washed dishes before like I have)

I can't upload the paintings I've done there until those projects are published etc. But stay tuned for news from Housemarque to see what's coming next. =) (Just don't ask me that because I can't speak about what's going on behind closed doors there) They recently made Super Stardust HD for PS3, it looks spectacular and got great reviews but I haven't played it yet. But I like that style of colourful effects with big effects. Here's a link to the creators interview:…

Omg I can't believe I actually work with someone whose interview is on ign. I could die happy now. =D:airborne:

                    And thank you for the DD Rebirth by angrymikko

Thank you for for the image of the week Bunny Heaven by angrymikko I'm so happy over 1200 users downloaded that wallpaper. To me a real artist is happy to share his work and not hide it in exclusive snobbish behaviour. That's why I prefer selling cheap prints instead of destroying the original image after a few prints. (Arty people in Finland prefer this method=()

p.s.:I don't care if Britney paid the producers with baby limbs and organs or whatever but Blackout rocks! It's a way more complete album than Timbaland's "Shock Value" (btw why did he need so many guest's on his album if he could have just edited his own voice to sound decent too?) I like "Hot as Ice" so much! Who can listen it for 8 seconds without smiling when the huhahaha-bit starts?! =) I'm grinning even now just thinking about it.

Did you know that you can freely colour my new lineart in my scraps. So far the lineart that's available:
+Beautiful Insults+lineart by angrymikko +Violinist of the Purgatory+ by angrymikko +Letter+ Colours needed by angrymikko

Just note me which piece you wish to colour and I'll send it hi-res to your e-mail address.

Here's some colouring by these nice deviants:
letterline colored by mikec1998 Violinist of Purgatory-color by AngryPotato :thumb68034238: Beautiful Insults by Wildmiguel

I'll feature all the finished pieces here or in my following submissions. It's just so great to see how each artist brings his/her own way of seeing these linearts so I'm really excited about it :excited: Come on join the fun! :party:

I've started decorating my new place with prints!

My current favourites as prints:

Time is borrowed by angrymikko Village of the Bridge by angrymikko Rock Bridges by angrymikko
Jungle Boardwalk by angrymikko Odyssey by angrymikko Pirate +painted+ by angrymikko

Thank's to all who have marked their spot so far.

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  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Tetrisphere OST
  • Reading: Magic Looking Glass by Phil Pullman
  • Watching: a screen (DUH!)
  • Playing: Jak X
  • Drinking: tons of coffee to keep me awake
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Hennauoti Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Great work!

I feel so happy for you :)
Light-Archangel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2007
Woah!! =D how cool! =D I'm very happy for you my friend ! =D Congratulations! please keep on!
emmil Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
You deserve it! :hug:

Just make sure you take care of your stamina... overworked can be so deadly sometimes... ;)
angrymikko Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it! I'm glad I don't ever have art-blocks (I'm not too sure I believe they even exist) because in that job they could easily just kick me out because of it. I mean it's artist's job to be creative right?
emmil Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
First when I was a GBA artist team, I'm just a contract artist for 1 year. Are you really full time or on contract base agreement? Contract has a weakness... it'll be your head first to be chopped if they want to decrease the number of the artists working for them. Why decreasing the number... Well, based on my exp. sometimes they just need a bunch of sudden helps to pace up the jobs, and release us after the project's over or getting done. Artists should work fast coz... not only the project manager who will scream in your ears but also the programmers... they can't work if the materials are not ready.

But you say, you'll do concept? That's quite a high rank position... You will be the first one to work... showing images to the clients to show that your company really understand what kind of characters or the world / background setting are asked. When I did the Magination RPG, my seniors are the concept artists... Aaw, their arts are pretty cool... they can draw scenery of what Naroom forest will be like, etc. Once the images are approved, others can start working on maps, etc.

I hope you have a nice project manager who can manage time good, else... it'll be like one day is a slow easy work then the next 5 days, they lock u in the room and whip u to finish arts until 1 am. lol I hope you don't get sick... coz it'll be a burden for another artist... your assignment will be then finished by others of which will surely pout coz they already have a handful job to finish too.
angrymikko Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I can't really go into detail in this but my work there is pretty damn varied so I can't imagine a day when there wouldn't be anything to do there. I also like that bit very much. I'd go nuts if I'd have to do the same stuff every day. I think the worst bit right now is that I still get a lot of nonsense job offers and people still expect me to paint for them out of "sheer joy of painting" or whatever. On the other hand I don't feel that much guilt any more for not replying to every single request.
emmil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ganbatte ne... ;)

sparrownest Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007   Photographer

hard work and dedication lets talent rise to the top - to fulfill dreams and help create them for others down the line

looking forward to the "great carrot in the sky" as a game... counting daffodilles along the path to orange nirvana! ;D
Faei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I'm glad to hear you have achieved something you've wished. :) I have some shady carreer prospects aswells (though studies etc. currently going on) so this kind of news are always inspiring. :)
Wildmiguel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I'm really happy for you.
Thats like... the wonder job. =P

I would like to be in your position, but i still need a lot more years of learning before I can even get the chance. :P
Good luck for you with your new job. =)

(Oh and btw congratz for the DD. :thumbsup:)
RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Hey Angrymikko, that sounds verry cool dude!! Sounds like a great job indeed.. combining games and making art.. u lucky ba........ :D :D

so..working on cinix tablets there?
RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
* wacom cintix
angrymikko Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
No I opted to use a similar one I'm using at home because I need to use the screen for 3d too. Wacom is having really annoying software bugs with the new drivers these days btw, it's driving me crazy. Their tablets are so expensive that they should at least work properly.
RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
lke that the touch pads sometimes doenst react? Couse i am having that kind of enoying thing with my wacom.. now and then.. sometimes u know!

But the Cintiq is a beutifull tool, i am safing money for one :P

Wich software do u use for the drawings?
angrymikko Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I agree that it sounds good but I've seen some reviews about it that diss the screen quality and the pen doesn't keep up with the hand movements. The 21ux version has been on sale for so long I'd rather wait for the new version that is bound to be released soon.

For drawings I still use pen and paper (A3) because the texture and the pressure sensitivity of the tablets don't even come close to that. If I fix up details on a computer I use pscs2 because switching between black and white with X is way faster than whipping out the eraser in painter. I tend to use cheap paper so I can draw through it a cleaned up version. It's always waaaaaaaay faster to draw things correctly on real paper than editing out the flaws with a computer.
RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
thx for your comment angrymikko.. whats commung up from wacom that updates the cintiq 21x. I am intrested allready! ^^
Calined Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
(that means CONGRATULATIONS! this time^^)
sounds really great but also really hard!
AngryPotato Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
YAY! i envy you but im way more happy for you than jealous ^_^ you truly deserve this job! i hope to some day achieve such wonderfullness! keep it up man..i know u will
angrymikko Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:hug: Thank you fellow angry-ist.
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