Native to the Italian town of Aversa and based within England’s Reading, Antonio d’Amore infuses Higher Eclectic Ground’s roster of professional, freelance art talent with more than a decade’s worth of multimedia and graphic design experience this month; as a digital artist affiliated to the Network, he’ll now be seen offering a plethora of services in the realms of 2D and 3D design towards the development of independent video games via the same.
Building upon a childhood anchored in the fascination for comic-book, cartoon-fuelled storytelling, the now 37-year old has rendered for himself a career that stands immersed in the creation of illustrations, character designs, assets/props, environments, storyboards as well as animations on a regular, if not daily, basis.
Fluent in the 2D and 3D aspects of both, although admittedly less experienced in the latter, much of this skill-set has been provided towards the production of eLearning applications, serious games, animations, music videos and numerous other small-jobs for various Italian companies on a freelance and full-time basis.
Deciding to fully employ his expertise in the field of video game entertainment in the year of 2016 however, the Italian moved to Reading, United Kingdom where he continues to further a career in game design. Operating as a remote freelancer therein, d’Amore prides himself in being able to carry out tasks in both digital and traditional pen/pencil based media as need be.
Much of his digital workflow is based in the use of Adobe’s Creative Suite; ‘A confident user of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate CC/Flash, After Effects and Premiere, I can start tasks in Photoshop, finish them off on Animate CC, or just the opposite — it depends of the kind of job.’ he states in the case of 2D media.
‘I mostly use Photoshop for drafts, digital illustrations and for retouching/compositing. Animate CC on the other hand plays various roles — from character designs, environments, props and sprite sheets, (both cutout and frame by frame), to multimedia designs, user interface designs and animations.‘
With Illustrator used for vector art forms, d’Amore is further working on integrating Spine 2D into his pipeline for sprite animations. 3D Modelling meanwhile bases itself in his use of Autodesk Maya or Cinema 4D, the latter of which is also employed in motion design.
Furthermore while associated textures have involved the use of Adobe CS, he’s gradually begun transitioning towards the use of Substance Painter/Designer for the same. And as if that simply wasn’t enough, he continues to work on building a familiarity with the Unity and Unreal Engines while being an enthusiastic ZBrush user.
‘All my rates are flexible, negotiable and subject to project size; revenue share agreements are also considered depending on a project’s goals and likelihood of being finished in the near future.’ declares d’Amore. A team-player by nature, he naturally seeks to incorporate periodic checks, discussions and exchanges of feedback with his clients during the tenure of an assigned job.
Post attaining a degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design at the Consorzio Editoriale Fridericiana in 2000, followed by a study in Illustration & Animation at the Scuola Italiana di Comix in Naples thereafter, d’Amore moved to the city of Rome to employ his newfound qualifications up until 2016 — following a brief period of employment at Aversa based communication agency, Mau.
‘I was so lucky to work at Mau; the owners are some of the most creative people I’ve ever met and I learned a lot from them.’ he recalls.
While in Rome, d’Amore would go on to work at establishments such as that of Pragma (Multimedia Designer & Flash Animator, 2006), XCorsi, StaffMedia, Pubbliedi (Illustrator & Flash Animator, 2007-2008), Biogroup (Illustrator, Character Designer, 2D Animator, 3D modeller and Animator, 2008-2009) and Media Engineering (Senior Designer & Art Director, 2009-2016), even nurturing a freelance career in the years between 2002 and 2005.
‘I’ve truly dedicated myself to my passion for everything related to visual communication; I love to tell stories, aiming to immerse people in them by making them interactive and emotionally-driven through my designs.’ he writes.
While his year in Reading has already involved a brief stint at Nomad Games as a beta-tester and a quick yet intense period at UrbanVoyage as a 2D artist, d’Amore is also currently involved in the re-styling of Android poker game JokerManiac, and the development Italian upcoming casual/puzzle/platformer Tiro al Rosone.
As the artist now looks to documenting his progress with regards to both on his sub-forum on Higher Eclectic Ground, clients, enthusiasts and independent developers of games wishing to reach out to d’Amore with their feedback, job/commission requests and other queries may do so by creating a thread within the same forum.
An in-depth look at his professional services, portfolio of work and relevant references meanwhile, will continue to remain documented on his Higher Eclectic Space.
The past week and a half since February’s demise has seen up to four independent Video Game artists, each with their own varied set of skills on show and offer, step onto Higher Eclectic Ground. From 2D & 3D art to weekly Twitch streaming, the following is a quick overview of the Community’s latest additions and what each hope to be bringing to the table shortly.
A 2D asset designer at Evlox Studios, whose third-person, open world RPG Children of Acacia‘s development is actively being showcased on the Community, conversations with Paul Evans began soon after the game’s debut on Higher Eclectic back in February; with a few good years of experience in Texture and Graphic design, the young artist had come in looking for a creative medium to showcase his 2D work.
Picking up on our suggestion of using 3D models to his benefit, the owner of CraftyTextures was soon seen putting together his first 3D scene on social media,’The Alley’, before effectively making use of his created Textures to add color to the same. Deciding then that showcasing his 2D work on 3D models was the best way forward, Evans set foot on the Community on the 28th of February as a member of its circle of 2D artists
Open to Texture design requests and commissions while also offering his services in photo manipulation & texture repair, the weeks since have already seen him put together a second 3D scene showing off more of his work on textures with him currently working on his next. Furthermore, he’s also on the constant lookout for other 3D modelers to share notes with and improve his art form; to get in touch, have a gander at his work or even learn of how his craft has its roots in a lifelong battle with Epilepsy and Dyslexia, be sure to visit his Higher Eclectic Space.
With an Honors in Game Design & Animation and several years of experience as a 3D environment and prop artist at independent studios such as Liquid Melon and Pointless Button, Modeler Indigo Doyle debuted on the Community on the 7th of March with a demo reel embodying her recent portfolio of work.
Offering her services as a 3D Modeler by stating availability to commissions and requests from the Community, the Canadian artist is also preparing to showcase forthcoming 3D art projects here — much of which involves her dabbling in personalized, stylized art and eventually, the Allegorithmic Substance/Designer software. With her currently aiming to develop a stylized, fantasy-themed environmental scene this month, feel free to give her Spot a visit to make a request or keep an eye on her progress.
Game Designer, musician, writer, Graphic, character and concept artist; multi-faceted Jesse Staples debuted JesterDog23’s Character Design Emporium on the 8th of March; a character design banner under which he aims to showcase all ongoing & future character art on Higher Eclectic Ground.
Furthermore, with extensive experience in Graphic and OHRPGC Game Design, Staples is also offering his talent as a traditional/digital artist for 2D characters, weapons, concept art, environmental art, logos and more in a multitude of themes and styles. This is of course, via a set structure of semi-flexible rates that are currently viewable at his Higher Eclectic Space.
In description of his forthcoming artwork on the Community, Staples adds, ‘An original character is to be posted soon, as well as a new band logo, a business logo for a photography/film company, and a random commission of a drunk man laying down in a giant bottle of Old Crow.’ As he doles out more of his independent and commissioned work for others to relish on a weekly-monthly basis, Staples also eventually aims to launch a Character Design Tutorial Series based on popular response.
Deviating from the usual stream of YouTube gamers, the Community’s collection of Video Artists saw its first, full-blown Twitch streamer join the fray in the form of Jack Davison. Having first streamed via his channel, Potshotpete back in 2014 — Davison was subjected to a long lasting hiatus from his passion after real life commitments to family and work stepped in.
Fast forward to 2016 and Potshotpete is back on its feet with greater vigor than ever before; following a strict schedule, Davison streams thrice a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays — keeping his style, unnecessary banter and time wastage at a bare minimum in abidance of his High Quality, no-nonsense streaming rule of thumb. A frequent streaming partner of member writer/YouTuber Mike Blundell, Davison has already begun partnering up with other Video Artists from the Community — jumping into a early evening to late night stream of The Division on the 11th of March with Blundell and Craig Evans in tow.
Furthermore, he intends to provide much of his streaming expertise to the benefit of the other Game Developers resident here, offering to cover their games from unbiased yet fun standpoints. To get in touch with him for any particular coverage requests or simply tune in to his streams every week, be sure to hop in to his Space.