This is an article from ImagineFX issue#.24
Tae young Choi, Game concept artist Tae reveals why he loves his job so much, the joy of smelly oils, and the legacy of the Da Vinci Code...
"I believe being a concept artist is the best job in the games industry." sys Tae young Choi. "I just get a few words from clients on what to do, and pretty much the rest of it is up to me how I visualise the ideas and make them come alive..."
Born in Korea, he grew up dreaming of becoming a comic book artist. With a degree in fine art, his work was exhibited in several galleries in Korea, and in 2000 he made a move to the US to study computer graphics-gaining another degree in the process. With such qualifications and a sheer enthusiasm for art, it wasn't long before he found a job in the games industry.
Tae's imagery fuses dystopian sci-fi and classical mysticism, but he's also capable of warm, lovingly crafted portraits beyond the laser fire and futuristic characters. Most of the time his images begin as sketches to gause ideas and composition. "Sometimes I start painting using a different method, but mostly I sketch on paper first," he says. These are scanned and painted digitally in Photoshop or Painter.
Like most artists, he's constantly inspired by many things around him, including other artists' work, MTV, classical art and so on - but he admits that films are his biggest creative inspiration. " I have a movie library somewhere in my brain and I can recall very specific scenes from movies," he laughs. " Whenever I need some inspiration, I pick up the movies form my collection."
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