now.. back to some other stories - around december.. Diana (known as Scarlet on CA) ventured to pay me a visit to Romania. I was SO happy to have her here - but.. in the same time.. due to some strange circumstances... Ubisoft found out that.. i am alsto drawing.painting (i was working as Game Designer... later on Creative Director). To cut the story short - i was asked to make some portraits for Blazing Angels 2.
It would be my very first professional job.
Now.. you see - i never wanted this. I had lots of hobbies that in time become my day job and i found out that most of the time - the job killed the passion in me.
BUt.. it was a nice challenge - and i wanted to take on it - but.. Diana was comming and.. as usual .. things are not comming out simply - life is tearing you appart.
So... while in the small trip trough the country - i started doing the illustration.
The designer i wqas working on sent me great demands - asking me to mix characteristics form several known faces... and he heavily art directed the whole job. By the end of it was sick of hearing him "they are not the same style" and i went on and set almost the same color paletten, same brushwork, same ligh style.. just to please the ambitious guy.
As the storie requires a twist.. all this work.. will not be featured in the final game
Why - actors were hiered for the cutscenes that had no resemblance with the characters we made up.
So.. without other blah blah - here is my first commercial/professional work.
The Spy Girl - first version. Initially started by Dariz.
Teach - wingman - the veteran - father figure
Cowboy - the young, reckless but very tallented wingman.
Max - Archenemy!
Von Kluge - The evil mastermind.
The spy girl - last version.
and .. Matthew
now... i don;t really want to be in the game. But... this one ended up like me trough a funny story.
While i was working with a known acter as reference and some poeple got behind me and said - are you doing your self portrait again?
i got scared - like - what if .. every portrait that i'm doing.. ends up like a self portrait?
BUt after even more people came to duscuss the drawings i was working on.. they cam eto the conclusion that.. the actor looked like me .. and while i was traying to modify his features to turn him into someone new... why not.. tunr the whole thing into.. me? I was in a sort of time crisis and i was most familiar with my face. It shounded like a good ideea. So i went for it - i am an actor after all (graduated that school)
So this is Matthew... played by Andrei Fantana