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Dmitry Kremiansky: senior environment artist interview

Dmitry Kremiansky

Senior Environment Artist

We chat to the Dominant Birds Contest third-placed winner senior environment artist Dmitry Kremiansky about his entry, workflow, and plans…

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Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Dmitry

Hello, my name is Dmitry Kremiansky and I’m a senior environment artist for Axis Studios, located in Glasgow, where I have lived for the past three years.

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What was the workflow behind your dominant birds contest image? Where did the idea come from?

Dmitry

I normally don’t do characters, but I was really inspired by a concept by Jonathan Fletcher, so I decided to do it in 3D. There was something really appealing in the mix of the stylization with the classical painting vibe, that made me really want to make this character.

snow icy col environmental work piece art
A personal project based on a reference pack from Enrico Zerbo from Artstation marketplace

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What challenges did the image present? Did you learn something new?

Dmitry

It was going rather smoothly, as the concept is really great, until I started working on the wings which were quite challenging, so I took this as an opportunity to watch some movies with animated bird characters in them.

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Do you use any other software, either for work or personal projects?

Dmitry

I try to use ZBrush and Substance Painter as often as I can, because they are so fun to work with!

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How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?

Dmitry

It’s easy to neglect your portfolio especially when you’re working full time in the industry, and after spending a full day in front of the computer, it’s kinda odd to spend another 5-6 hours working at home, but to me it feels a bit more professional when you have it up to date even with just the professional work, which also shows that you have at least some pride in your craft. Besides, unlike work, while working on personal projects you can face unnecessary challenges and take your time to learn new things, or really make sure you perfect a certain technique, which really improves your learning curve. I think I can confidently say that most of the new things I’ve ever learned were actually from my personal projects.

environment painting 2d art

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Are you a member of any social media groups? Any favorite hashtags you check on a daily basis?

Dmitry

I started my Instagram account quite recently, and so far I’ve been using it on and off, so can’t really tell which hashtags are more or less popular, but it does seem really important to have a large volume of work, even if it’s less original/not as high fidelity, which might not be recommended to be used as a portfolio. However it’s a great platform for fanart and WIP.

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Dmitry

To be able to make even more appealing images, and perhaps to work on my own small IP or short film. Problem is, the more time you spend in the industry the less time you actually have as your spare time; the same goes for “focus” and motivation, and artistic ambitions can often collide with your career and personal ambitions, so it’s all about finding the right balance.

character model sculpture owl bird
I used this amazing concept by Jonathan Fletcher. I decided to do a quick speedsculpt turned into a character model, to get out of my comfort zone and try something I haven’t done in years. There are some things I could improve in the model, perhaps if I will decide to texture it I'll look into that, but for now I'll call this done.

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Dmitry

I am putting something cool together now, so I should be posting more updates on Instagram soon, so if you’re curious – feel free to follow!

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