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Christopher Balaskas
Christopher Balaskas
Concept Designer and Illustrator
Jamestown, NY, United States of America

Summary

EXPERIENCE
LEAD CONCEPT ARTIST
08/2015 – 11/30/2018
 Develop visual guides and targets that can then be executed on by a development team
 Create project defining artwork that maintains and furthers the look and feel of a rogue-like MMO both in and out of the game environment
 Assist in establishing the style of the project and be a reference for all elements of art production (Environment, Character, UI etc.)
 Provide feedback to the team on assets created
 Create environments, characters, objects, atmospheres and the general style to provide practical content that direct and indirect groups can capitalize on
 Make any necessary changes to ensure that the work is in keeping with the artistic vision
 Work closely with the Game Designer to develop concept art that defines the overall look and art style of the game
 Assist Game Designer to establish game world in the vision of the game concept
 Create detailed model sheets for artists to work from

PUBLISHED WORKS
 2018-Illustrations for a set of limited edition specialty beers by Southern Tier Brewing Co.
 2017-Illustrations for Sigil Stone, a pen & paper RPG
 2016-Tutorial for 3dtotal Publishing’s “Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop”
 2016-Album artwork for NZCA Lines “Infinite Summer” LP
 2016-Several artworks for Fantasy Flight’s STAR WARS the Card Game
 2015-Two book cover illustrations for ActuSF, French publisher
 2014-Multitude of artwork created for RAEX Games, a pen & paper RPG

SKILLS
 Ability to quickly generate thumbnails based on art direction, progressing to more detailed color concepts and final illustration
 Excellent communication skills and ability to take direction and accept critical review of work
 Deep knowledge of Photoshop with a solid understanding of core artistic principles including, color, composition, structure and perspective
 Can work in multiple styles from photo-real to extremely stylized
 Strong ability to interpret other people's ideas
 Ability to quickly render imaginative concepts from verbal and written direction
 Excellent 2D skills and knowledge of traditional art techniques
 Quick sketching ability
 Knowledge and understanding of popular 3d software

Skills

AnatomyConcept ArtConcept DesignDigital PaintingEnvironment Design3D ModelingTexturingCharacter DesignDrawingarchitecturevehicle design

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
Illustrator
Illustrator
Blender
Blender
3DCoat
3DCoat
Maya
Maya
Mudbox
Mudbox
MagicaVoxel
MagicaVoxel
DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio
PaintTool SAI
PaintTool SAI
Wings 3D
Wings 3D