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Hey guys! We just ended our first ever monthly competition over at cubebrush.com and voting is underway!

You have until the 30th to cast your votes if you feel like checking out the community!


Members enter in one of 3 different leagues, based on their skill level and compete in there as if it were a completely separate forum. Once they feel like they've improved enough, they are free to level up one league and go against a new batch of artists.

Some stunning work in there, speechless!

BRONZE League Voting

SILVER League Voting 

GOLD League Voting 


...and bonus, here is the trailer for our latest Master Lesson, you get access to it as well as the rest of the library as a Pro member, cheap cheap! :D:happybounce: 

Here is this week's video! Talking about composition and colors :)



Make sure you check out the first part also if you haven't already!

It has now been over 10 years since I first decided to join deviantART and little did I know then, this decision would end up forging my entire life and career.


I wish I remembered exactly how it all started, but I'm going to go with my best guess and say I heard about it from another student when I started college back when I had just turned 18. Up until then I had been using various art forums such as wcreplays.com, animex.com, sijun.com and cgsociety.org so the discovery of a portfolio website was a pretty cool thing.

I started posting on here and got moderate attention, I had been drawing for a long time at that point so my art was in a state where it was at least interesting to look at. If anything it was a fantastic place to get inspiration and look at art from amazingly talented artists.

It wasn't until I decided to color the line-art for the following piece that everything really started. 


Impossible LOV3 ver.3 by Bluefley

Initially not much happened, I got a a litle over a hundred favs on it which was already a bit above average for my deviations back then.  What changed everything was when it won daily deviation, my first at the time. The traffic that followed was similar to winning the lottery for me. It was nothing like I ever saw before and I couldn't believe my eyes. Back then I was posting a few pieces a month but it's really after the Daily Deviation traffic that I decided I wouldn't let the momentum die off and started to post a new polished painting at least once a week. The amount of time I spent painting was ridiculous but it was fun and with every painting I was getting a bit more favorites than the previous; it made me want to keep going and see how far it could go.

I started to get commission requests and figured I might as well do that while still in school to make some money rather than work at a shitty job. The requests kept coming and I also took on comic book coloring jobs at the same time. For a student, I was making bank doing what I loved; this was perfect.

-Warrior in a blue dress- by Bluefley -Breezy Sunday- by Bluefley

It only took a few weeks until I started to get interview requests from various unknown art sites and then bigger ones... and then really big ones.

A few months after that and tons of paintings later, I got contacted by ImagineFX, what was at the time the ultimate goal for any artist. I did a workshop for them and to this day I still question the decision of the editor to hire me for that job considering the final result, but at the same time I couldn't be more grateful.

-First Snow- by Bluefley

It was only shortly after the workshop that I was approached by an art director from A2M (now Behavior Interactive) in Montreal, a mostly portable-games studio who had just formed a small team to work on a next-gen game project.


Back then I was almost 20 and was still in school, but they offered me a part-time position where I would work 20 hours a week from home, and only come in to the office on Fridays to check in. This was a perfect fit for my student life and while completely unexpected, my video-game art career had just taken off, just like that.

This was my art test by the way, still no idea how this got me a job:

Speed Prince by Bluefley

I worked part time like this for 6 months and then decided to drop out of school and work full time on the team. I was essentially going to school to get the job I already had. I came to realize that getting the piece of paper to prove I finished school meant absolutely nothing in this business and I was learning MUCH more by actually doing the job than studying at school.

That moment when I just walked out the school's main entrance, looked back and told myself I would never come back was to this day, one of the most exhilarating moments of my life.


I had just turned 20 and I was a full-time concept artist for a game company. I never expected to go in games initially since doing illustrations was going so well, but now I could do both full time so it kind of just happened and there I was, a game developer.

Fast forward 6 months and I was now both a concept artist but also transitioned to being a 3D character artist. My coworkers basically taught me everything a 3D artist needed to know since they knew I had an interest in it. I started to deliver decent game assets pretty quickly so they kept giving me 3D-related tasks.  I could do both the things I liked the most so I was pretty happy. I had just bought a new house and when I was about to reach my 2 year mark working at A2M, I got an email that literally changed my life:

Hello Marc,

My name is XXXX and I am the Art Recruiter here at Blizzard Entertainment.  I have stopped by your Deviantart page and would love to see if you would be open to exploring a role here at Blizzard Entertainment. 

I couldn't believe my eyes.


All my life I had dreamed of one day working at Blizzard and there it was in my email inbox, an email ASKING ME if I would like to work there. I showed it to my buddies, "holy shit" and we just went to have a drink right there on the spot. We got back from lunch pretty late that day! The decision, while scary, was easy to make. I left everything behind and went for it. 

Almost 6 years later here I am working at Blizzard and founder of another awesome art community over at cubebrush.com, living in California with my fiance, our young daughter, our dog and our soon-to-be-born son. I still can't believe all of that was thanks to a decision I made to start a portfolio 10 years ago here on DeviantART.


I couldn't be more thankful for everybody who made this journey with me throughout the years, to all of you who inspired me with your art, to all my fans who made all of that possible by sharing my paintings and showing continuous support all this time and finally, to DeviantART, who made me the artist I am today.


DeviantART provided me the racetrack, I built the car and you guys were the fuel to get me to the finish line.


Thank you.


I hope you guys found this interesting, this is the first time I've gone into such details about my life but I thought it was a perfect opportunity given it's DA's bday today. Love y'all, PCE!

Here is the first piece I did after moving to the US as a bonus to end this massive journal entry.

-Blanche- by Bluefley

-marc 
Ah the mysterious world of illustrators! It always sounds like the dream career, working from home on cool illustrations!

How does one get to that point though? Here I discuss what it means to be an illustrator and the steps you can take to get there.

There are obviously many other ways but this road seems to be shared by a lot of the prominent artists in the industry so surely it's worth taking note!

*video might still be processing*

Hey guys! Very excited to announce our new Master Lesson from concept designer Tom Paul over at cubebrush.com


First is the trailer and second is the third chapter in full. The entire lesson is 15 chapters long and runs for 3h56min.

The full thing is not free but it's the cheapest videos of this quality you'll find anywhere online. Top quality stuff by top artists, nothing less.





Have a great week!

-marc
Hey guys, took a while to post these but here they are, the 2 videos for this week!

First one is a talk about the job of a concept artist and what its all about, plus tips on how to improve your designs and better self critique your work.

Second one if a time-lapse of the whole process including coloring, have a good weekend! :)



Hello!

I was trying to get a different look in Photoshop using a 3D render as a base and I thought the result was pretty interesting. Here is a walk through!

Starts in ZBrush for the sculpt, then keyshot for render, then Photoshop for composition.

Hey guys! I recently launched one of our first master lessons on cubebrush.com. I felt like kicking things off but in the future there will be many other crazy artists showing off their process!

You can find the full lesson here: cubebrush.com/video/characterc…

Here is the trailer for it and below, a full chapter from the series for you to check out, hope you like it!



Hey guys, new week, new tutorials!



In case you haven't already, go checkout CUBEBRUSH.COM and subscribe for free, lots of awesome free content on there plus an amazing community of artists :) 


Here's a overview:

*check the video overview below! :D

Herro! BIG news New  cubebrush.com/ New is LIVE!  


We've put so much work into this its a surreal feeling to finally see it online. It's been months and months of hard work and while there is still much to do to make sure it becomes THE destination for online art training, it's such a relief to finally put it out there for the public.

We did a big optimization pass this week and it should be running pretty smooth now, make sure you check it out and give me your feedback so I can relay it to the devs.

It'll be in beta for the next couple weeks to make sure we get as much feedback as possible and make it awesome for the users.

Again, don't hesitate to contact me with bugs and/or suggestions!!

We have an incredible line up of artists who are working on master lessons to come out in the coming months and we'll be constantly revealing what's coming up on our Youtube page.

Our first teacher is the AWESOME Sycra Yasin who did a full guide to Photoshop for digital artists, check it out!

Thanks for the support so far and we hope to see you on cubebrush!!



Hey guys! Super excited to say cubebrush.com will go live THIS SATURDAY! La la la la La la la la La la la la 

Make sure you check out the website before then to get on the newsletter and get 2 months free full access. You don't have to subscribe at all to get most of the content, but the extra stuff you get is definitely worth it ;)

If you haven't already, make sure you follow the facebook page for ALL the info: Facebook Page

Some amazing stuff in store for you in the coming weeks, months, years :D



As a bonus, here are some renders from the male anatomy figure that will be available on the website for you to rotate around and study, in-browser, for free :)






He was of course modeled after me.
Here is an hour long painting I did in Verve to see if it could produce something decent in it... not bad! I really love the more traditional look. Always wished Photoshop had something like this. Still pretty tricky to work in Verve and it feels very limited still but for an alpha version its fucking awesome.




And if you missed it, here is an overview of the features you can find in Verve, a new GPU based painting program I discovered recently. The developer is working on it at the moment so it's still in early alpha, but still shaping out to be quite interesting :D


Hey guys, second video of the week is a talk on the topic of talent. :0

dun dun!

What do you guys think? Agree? Disagree?

(video might be processing, should be ready soon!)



Monday's video:

Hey guys, here is a new video on my process when designing sci-fi characters using zbrush. Give it a sec to process, its  afresh upload :)


In case you missed it on Monday, here is the previous video:

*Update*

adding the speedpaint with a little bit extra footage in there, from start to finish. Happy Monday everybody!






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In case you missed last week:

Hey guys!! Remember that poll a while ago? Well now its happening for real :D

Development on cubebrush.com (name chosen by you guys!) has started and I invite you to follow the Facebook page for now until the soft launch in early June! We'll post updates on the development as it comes along and will try to keep you informed every step of the way.

I'll have something special for the early subscribers so make sure you don't miss the announcement concerning that on Facebook tomorrowwww.facebook.com/cubebrush


Cubebrush.com will be a website hosting a community, as well as free tutorial videos and resources for artists. We'll also have a very cheap but nonetheless paid membership where you'll have access to mentorship, master classes from various artists in the industry and many other awesome resources.

I'm super excited to see this coming along and even though I'm killing myself making sure the content is top shelf, I'm convinced you guys will love it and that keeps me going :D

Any help spreading the word would be immensely appreciated :hug:


That's all for today!

Stay tuned for more soon :D -marc

www.facebook.com/cubebrush
Hey guys! First video of the week is about my process when creating a character design specifically for video games.

Have a great Monday!




Also putting this one up in case you missed it!

Hey guys! First video of the week, as promisedpart 2 of the painting where I explain how I go about coloring it.

Posting this before zzZZZzzz and its done done processing as I type this, so give it a bit before you hit play or it wont work!

Happy Monday!!

Heyy guyss just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes, while there was no way I could reply to all of them, I certainly read them all!

You guys are awesome :hug: 

Heart Heart Hug Hug Dance! Dance! 

Second news of the day: I updated my Youtube channel art AND name, yes name, to better match the art tutorial website I've been working on with a couple friends in the past months.

Anyways, I say everything that I can in this video, check it out!




And here is a tutorial on painting with values, hope you like!


Here is the first vid of the week! Hope you guys like it :0