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Hamsta

Member Since 02 Jul 2011
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Volunteering at conferences around the world

25 December 2013 - 11:18 AM

Happy holidays everyone :)

 

An unconventional idea popped into my head not so long ago - I think I would like to travel the world and volunteer at game development conferences. I was given the opportunity to do so at GDC Online 2011, GDC Europe 2012 and 2013, and I'm hoping to add more this year.

 

I did a little bit of research and found the Korean Game Developers Conference also has volunteer opportunities, but I don't know if I could get in without knowing the language.

My main goal would be to expand my network and possibly find a job that would enable me to relocate from Israel. It may be a long shot, but those are all I have.

(Secondary goal is to collect sweet gaming freebies ;) )

 

I'd love to hear of any more such opportunities, and your thoughts on the subject.


Advanced degree for an artist - A road less taken.

26 October 2012 - 05:39 PM

The goal: Breaking into game development as a concept artist.
What I have right now: A BFA in illustration from Columbus College of Art & Design, as well as a Bachelor of Graphic Design from New Bulgarian University + Tiltan College of Design and Visual Communication in Israel.
I think I have a fairly sizeable network within the game industry from the 8 months I spent in Austin, TX and the 8 I spent in the SF Bay Area.
What I don't have: A work permit to work anywhere outside of Israel, industry experience, financial independence.
The plan: Find a way to get paid for completing a Master's degree in the US or Europe, bringing me closer to the big studios and hopefully closer to the coveted work permit.

Does this plan hold merit, or am I wasting my time thinking about it?
I know artists don't really need an advanced degree, as experience will make for a much better portfolio, but I've been having a hard time breaking in, and I'm not looking into an art degree anyways - someone told me I need to find something less popular too boost my chances.
If I'm on to something, what would some good choices for me, as far as degrees go?
While Computer Science may be an obvious choice, I think it's too far off from what I studied.
What would be useful 2 years down the road that isn't a hard science? Business? Does it even matter, with any degree increasing my chances?

Concept Artist job definition

06 July 2011 - 04:42 PM

What role(s) does a concept artist fill in the game development process?

As someone inspiring to become one, I have my own idea of what a concept artist does, as I learned from reading material, listening to my college professors (who have had former student who became concept artist) and by speaking with, and having my portfolio reviewed, by working concept artist.

From a thread I opened in the help wanted sub forum, I got the feeling that some people may have a different idea of what a concept artist does.

Share your thoughts.

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