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Kid Hoarder: Gunne by Ichidann, visual art

Artist // Digital Art
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My Bio
Aim for the skies, and think outside of the canvas.

I am a character artist for video games! that works in 2D and 3D. I pretty much just constantly work because i never feel happy with the end products that i make, i constantly want to improve my knowledge and skills.

Im a Technical Death Metal Guitar that loves various kinds of music but mainly metal.

"You Dont get Something you Really want For Nothing"

Current Residence: Farnborough, UK

Favourite genre of music: Metal, piano, orchestral, acoustic, mesermising music :]
Favourite style of art: Digital and 3D.
Operating System: Windows 7 Pro
Wallpaper of choice: Shigenori Soejima's Aegis character
Favourite cartoon character: Miles 'Tails' Prower

Favourite Visual Artist
Jon-Troy Nickel (HazardousArts), Neox, Endling, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, CreatureBox
Favourite TV Shows
Adventure Time
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
The Faceless, Opeth, Wintersun, Radiance.....too many just music.
Favourite Games
Monster Hunter, Mass Effect, World of Warcraft
Favourite Gaming Platform
Dreamcast, Megadrive and N64
Tools of the Trade
Mechanical Pencils 0.5 B, Photoshop CS, 3dsMax, Zbrush
Other Interests
Drawing, Metal, Vikings, Guitar, Composing Music, Japan, Norse Mythology, Most things fantasy

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Happy Date o' Birth!
Hope you had a nice birthday. :handshake:
Hello Dan,

Your artwork is amazing! I want to become a concept artist and wanted some advice? How many programs should I learn to use or would you use some?
Thankyou very much for the comment ^_^ 

Im hardly the best concept artist out there!
I wouldnt say there is a need for an amount of software, you only really need one! I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 for all my concept and drawing work. 

From my experience, i think working for reference is important, real reference as well, not necessarily other artists work, As you wouldnt want to imitate them. Its a good place to start but as long as you dont use it for your main point of reference! 
Sketching alot is a big part of it, studying human and animal anatomy, but also draw to your inspirations as passions as well. In the end thats what will truly shine as your best artwork is something you are very passionate about.  

There are alot of wesbites out there like conceptart.org for its character of the week challenges. and groups of facebook like spitpaint group that i found very useful for learning. 
Youtube, youtube is a big learning space, even if you just searching "concept art tutorials," you will find something that could be helpful. 
www.youtube.com/user/bluefley0… - I have found Marc Brunet to be quite a help when it comes to getting down processes in photoshop.

Its going to be a tough ride, but just dont give up, the main thing is keep drawing with reference over and over, build mood boards to help with creating ideas in your head and challenge yourself, whether thats on your own or during challenges from websites, always try and push yourself, it will be difficult but over time it will benefit you and your skill so much. Eventually you will build up a body of work! 

Just keep going, and never give up :) 
Ahhh, may I ask what you use for your 3D modelling? * ^ *
I use Zbrush and Autodesk 3ds Max ^_^