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This was my Naughty Dog art test. It was brutal but it ultimately got me the job!
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balckbird Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
beautiful artwork congrants!!
Where did u model all the floating island mesh?
Congrats for the job!
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kumenchi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely incredible...
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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japanass Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
impressive....what a master piece
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, Thank you!
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japanass Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
c'mon, i think you know yo uwork is impressive - and i don't say this because i have no idea how to do it on my own. the details, the lightning and the massive details are mindblowing - even the textures are missing it's easy to see this is brilliant. and everyone how is able to create this knows and understands better than me how much work is behind this image.

thanks for sharing - next to the inspiration this is a massive motivation to keep trying to get better and better.

Kind regards; J.
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
HAha thanks again, but trust me. When you work in the game industry and you see the massive amounts of amazing artwork out there. It's very hard to develop too much of an ego! :P
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japanass Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
it's hard knock life...but skill is needed and so people like you are needed!
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Pyroxene Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Man, I can believe that it was brutal. Very impressive.
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AutopsySoldier Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Insanely impressive man!!

Quick question...

Is the rock formation a solid piece? Or are you using tillables for the rock surface?

I just noticed this submission is a few months old, but congrats nonetheless with the job!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks man the rock formation is one solid piece, however! In my interview they said that they would have preferred that the rock formation be constructed out of smaller pieces that could be reused in other ways. As it is constructed now the rock piece can only be used in this once scene.

Also I only stayed with ND for 9 months I work for Nintendo now. ND was not all it's cracked up to be. But I still think they do amazing work.
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AutopsySoldier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, that makes sense to have it be reusable. Cool that they were able to critique too.

Just read your response to that other guy about leaving ND cause of too much crunch time? I hear ya dude. Constant long hours can really bog down a person.

Keep on rockin dude!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! There were lot of reasons I left. They have a weird system of management at ND that I didn't gel with. Also I wasn't crazy about working on realistic games. I also left because I got an offer to be a Lead at Square Enix. Unfortunately soon after I started they canceled our project and laid our team off. I'm at Retro now, Retro is a much better fit for me. Hell who hasn't grown up playing Nintendo games. Now I get to work on them.
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IvanMijatov Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Artist
Seriously gorgeous work, dude! Congrats on the position, you've earned it. Excuse my ignorance (if it's been mentioned anywhere else), what did you render this in?
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, although I'm no longer at ND :) I rendered this in mental ray for max
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IvanMijatov Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Artist
My apologies, I didn't know! If you don't mind me asking, why did you leave ND? I was under the impression that you just started working there. I'm building up my port to work there one day, if possible. Would you care to share any advice for a fellow character artist? I hear it's highly challenging to get in there.
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I work at ND for 9 months ( as an environment artist) and left basically because I found I did not enjoy working on realistic projects. As you can see from my work I favor stylized stuff. Also the studio culture at ND favor lots and lots of crunch. Definitely not conducive to family and married life. It's not terrible at all, but just not for everyone. As for characters, man at ND you have to be first class. Take a look at the work of Hanno Hagedorn to see how good you need to be.
[link] keep practicing and good luck!
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IvanMijatov Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks for the sincere feedback! The crunch is not too troublesome yet because, although engaged, am not married quite yet. Still a good thing you brought it up, nonetheless, so that I'm fully aware of it. That's my understanding too about character artists there. I've been paying more attention to Hanno's and Byunghwa's artworks for one or two now. I appreciate your feedback, it's invaluable.
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Bikutoru-Elfo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
wooooooooo this is freaking awesome D: soo cool!!!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thankyou!
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Bikutoru-Elfo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student General Artist
you are really talented :D
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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SrlDragon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Difficult and it only took you 60-80 hours? thats insane.... soo good. congrats on the job!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! Art tests in my opinion are harder than the job you are taking them for! :)
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plablugoo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Congrats on getting the job. I did the test too but unfortunately I didn’t get the job. I have the picture up on my profile so if you have any helpful critiques I'd love to hear them: D
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PolyMune Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very awesome work, very impressive!
Congrats on the job

I applied to them too, and sadly didn't get a position yet. But! it was amazingly encouraging and i'm just going to practice more and try again!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It is a very difficult test. Probably the hardest I've ever had. Good luck if and when you try again!
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PolyMune Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yes i had one of their texturing tests, very difficult but a huge learning experience for me.
thank you very much :) for now i'm just going to sharpen my skills, but later i will try again.
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Erameris Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, I'm glad you got the job, all the effort was worth it then
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Kirinov Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
WoW that looks amazing! Man I still need to practise a lot before I can get a job at some game company somewhere xP I would love to see a few works in progress of this piece and maybe a wireframe? =)
Congratulations on getting a job at Naughty Dog! You earned it!
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Sure I'll post up my portfolio page which has wires.
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Kirinov Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Thank you very much =)
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure!
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Maxperchunart Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow looks cool:)
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dpadam450 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
What exactly was the test? They gave you a concept and said to create it without a texture? I mean that is obviously a lot of work that had to have been hours. Is it from scratch or what
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vonkoz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's totally from scratch. They just provided me with a concept and some reference and told me to go at it. The only limits I was given was a 120k tri limit, and while I didn't have to texture it, I did have to represent my alpha cards with something. It was probably one of the most difficult art tests I've ever done. Naughty Dog has VERY high standards. I'd say it took roughly 60-80 hours to complete.
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dpadam450 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Yea I've gone through lots of programming tests and its all b/s. Game companies act so godly when they are just people. It annoys me. 60 hours of work is totally b/s unless they gave u a piece that they intend to use and are going to pay you for. That actually the most ridiculous test I've seen for art and/or programming.
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