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Suzanne-Helmigh

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Artist // Professional // Digital Art
My Bio

Occupation: Principal Art Director at Ghostfire Gaming.


Twitter: twitter.com/SHelmigh Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helmighs/

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCwrDw…

Twitch: www.twitch.tv/suzanne_helmigh


FAQ

Do you take on commissions?

Usually not, but you can send me a DM on Twitter.


Can I use your work for commercial purposes?

No.


Can I use your work for non commercial purposes?

Yes. You can use it for your own Youtube videos or school projects or homebrew campaigns (that you don't put out to sell), the only thing I ask is that you credit me.


How much hours per day did you spend when you were beginning?

In 2009- 2014 I illustrated about 8-16 hours a day. I have stepped away from that for health reasons and certainly do not recommend spending this much hours on honing your craft. You think you may get ahead, but ultimately you'll pay the price and fall back behind. (not that it's a race.)


What brushes do you recommend to use when you are a beginner?

There are no special beginner brushes, I'd say use ALL the cool brushes you can find! And experiment.


How much hours per day did you spend when you were starting in concept art?

Same 8-16 hours a day ^^


What books do you recommend to read?

Color & Light by James Gurney

Pictorial Composition by Henry Rankin Poore

Figure drawing for all it's worth by Andrew Loomis

Constructive anatomy by George B. Bridgman


Should I practice in greyscale or in colour when beginning?

Practice both. Black and white studies will help you learn about values alone, colours will help you with both.


Is there any secret in holding the tablet´s pen?

Mmmh, In your preferred writing hand, without putting to much pressure on it. (too much pressure will damage the pen-tip quicker and will deform your fingers!)


Should I practice traditional drawing instead of digital only?

Do Both! I personally do a lot of traditional when I'm out of the house, in a cafe or in a train etc.

At home I mainly do digital.


Which software do you paint in?

Adobe Photoshop.


Do you use the smudge tool or is it all brush?

99.98% brush.. occasionally experiment with the smudge tool, as apparently you can do amazing soft gradients with it! I also use the selection tool as a key thing to create sharp edges.


Dimensions to sketch?

4000px minimum (X or Y) for sketching.

7000 px minimum (X or Y) for finished rendering.


Do you trace for sketches?

Never. However I do create my own reference material to look at when I'm not certain about angles/muscles/colors etc.


Favourite Movies
The Fall, Good the bad the weird, Lord of the rings.
Favourite TV Shows
Vikings, Game of thrones, Spartacus, Outlander.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Muse, Florence +the Machine, Wardruna, Sia, Aurora.
Favourite Books
At the moment: Mythos by Stephen Fry.
Favourite Games
Dragon age games, Most: Assassin's Creed games
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS or PC

Do you have an Artstation account? I would love to reconnect with you there!

243 votes
Yes I do! I'll post my Artstation in the comments!
No I don't. I'm sticking to Deviantart.
In any case, here is mine: I'm way more active there and post tutorials there as well: www.artstation.com/suzannehelm…
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Openly showing our insecurities seems to be trending and it’s good that more and more people are sharing their struggles! I won’t be lying when I tell you I get people approach me nearly every day, expressing their insecurity in their work and seemingly unreachable goals for their career. They’ll ask me to look at their work and I’ll help them lift their spirit. I tell them that we all started somewhere and all we can do is work hard and see ourselves grow over time and that their work has potential. Yet the more I do this, the more I realize that simply having someone’s spirit lifted doesn’t help them, it
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'In a world where magic is all but forgotten, the people are on the verge of a revolt against their tyrannical monarchy. A class system divides the poor from the rich, but a spark of magic may tip the scales of society.' :bulletblue: The Kickstarter :bulletblue:Most of you have followed me for a long time here on Deviantart and have witnessed the birth of my Caldyra project back in 2012. Yesterday, all the hard work from the last 6 years has paid off! I've launched my Kickstarter to sell this Illustrated novel and it already reached 75% funding in the first 12 hours. I will offer the 200 page (200+ illustrations) book, the concept art compen
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thx for the badge :)

Trying to re-master DevArt due to the UNwanted switch to Eclipse.


Please forgive my pointless reply. I do NOT recall why I said that. I question my sanity and wonder whether I am demented...

I would like to see some more on those cannibal character?

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