I graduated from the Gymnasium roughly around ten years ago.
In 2006 I moved to the United States to study Illustration
and Visual Development at Academy of Art University of San
Francisco, followed by an intense art course at Safehouse
Atelier guided by a company collectively known as Massive
I have already started to work as a freelancer for a few game
studios. Strong education and my early experience gave me
a solid jump-start for my career as a Concept Artist* and
Illustrator, which later gave me a chance to work for EA (Electronic
Arts), a large game developing and publishing company, known
for the games like FIFA, Warhammer Online, Crysis, Dead Space,
Medal of Honor, Army of TWO, Need for Speed, etc.
got a chance to work on a world-known title, that have existed
for over ten years and also has a massive following all over
the world called the Sims. When I started working on this
project, I joined a character concept art team, where I got
to design witches, knights, wizards, peasants, kings, queens,
constables and other folk from medieval ages, as this new
version of the game was set in Medieval times.
2011 my husband and I moved to London, United Kingdom, where
I started working as a freelancer, producing concept art for
clients all over the world from my home studio called Twisted
Matter. Working in London gave me an advantage of getting
my foot in the door of the Television and Film industry and
let me create characters, props, environments and creatures
for the TV advertisement and movies.
have to admit - I love my job and I cannot imagine doing anything
else. I feel absolutely blessed to do this for a living and
this is exactly what I would also do when I have spare time.
All it takes for one to achieve such a thing is a simple recipe:
hard work, strong will, a clear goal in your head, a battle
plan of how you are planning to achieve it and a strong belief
that you can accomplish anything you want. Do not be afraid
of asking for advice from people who are more experienced
than you and be proud of your every little victory. Remember,
it is small achievements that lead you to the big results.
So go for it!
you are interested in learning more about my work, please
visit my Facebook Page and the website with some examples
of my work (please see the links below).
* Concept art is a form of illustration where the main goal
is to convey a visual representation of a design, idea, and/or
mood for use in films, video games, animation, or comic books
before it is put into the final product. Concept art is also
referred to as visual development and/or concept design. (Wikipedia.
of the English language in my career:
Without having a proficient knowledge of English it would
not be possible to get even close to where I am now. I use
English 24/7 with an exception of Skype chats with my parents
and brother. The first thing I had to do to move to the USA
in 2006 was to write a strong essay in order to get accepted
to the University.
I stepped onto Northern American ground - I had to speak one
hundred percent English. Until that very moment I did not
realise how important the knowledge of English language was
in my life. I caught up with the American accent pretty fast
by watching movies, American TV and just not being afraid
of speaking up and asking questions during conversations if
I did not understand something.
San Francisco I even learned some North Californian slang
words such as "hella" , meaning "very much
so", which you won't hear in Los Angeles for instance.
I moved to London I had to adjust to British English and not
just British, but Irish, Scottish, Welsh and other accents
of English, spoken by the various nations living in this wonderful
city. I have to admit, once I saw Big Ben for the first time,
like a record playing in my head, I've heard: "London
is the capital of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It lies
on both banks of the river Thames…" - one of the English
exam topics from my high school days, that some of you might
be familiar with, was being recited in my head. That said,
I cannot imagine my life without speaking this wonderful language.
nowadays when the world is so well-connected with the internet,
mobile technologies, travelling, international business and
world-wide entertainment, where English is a dominant way
of communication, it is vital to know this language at the
best of your abilities.