I do livestreams.
And I'm also on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1G9Nu…
Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/suzanne_helmigh
Occupation: Freelance illustrator and concept artist. Worked on Horizon Zero dawn for Sony. Works as illustrator for Magic the Gathering (Wizards of the coast), did work fro games such as: Hitman, God of war. And various other projects.
Skype: Suzanne Helmigh (Feel free to add me.)
Do you livestream on Twitch?
Yes I do! Follow me on facebook to get a message to see when I'm online.
Or follow me on Twitch. www.twitch.tv/suzanne_helmigh
Do you take on commissions?
Yes! Send me a note.
Can I use your work for commercial purposes?
Yes but you'll have to pay for the commercial rights. There are a few works however, made for clients and those can not be used or licensed. Please email me so we can talk about the usage and the rights that come along with it.
Can I use your work for non commercial purposes?
Yes. You can use it for your own Youtube videos or school projects, the only thing I ask is that you credit me.
What is Caldyra?
It's an artbook I'm working on and will Kickstart later this year. Every form of support is incredibly appreciated!
Here you'll find out more: www.facebook.com/Caldyra
How much hours per day did you spend when you were beginning?
8-16 hours, and still am I started in 2009.
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 b/w or in colour when beginning?
Practice both. Black and white studies will help you learn about values alone, colors 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 pentip 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 program do you recommend to use? (painter, photoshop, etc)
I personally use Photoshop cs 6. And occasionally Artrage for the nice paint tools to make a nice finish.
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?
2000px minimum (X & Y) for sketching.
4000 px minimum (X & Y) for finished rendering.
Do you trace for sketching a picture?
Never. However I do look up reference material to look at when I'm not certain about angles/muscles/colors etc. But no tracing.
When drawing an internet photo, do you form your palette with the eyedropper tool or by seeing the photo?
When doing a photo study I copy the colors by looking at it. However, years and years ago I trained with color picker. I think that as a beginner artist, using the color picker can teach you a great deal when you pay good attention to it. Eventually you don't need it anymore.