Concept artist Justin Fields

140211_JF_bioConcept artist Justin Fields began his career as a graphic designer before attending the Gnomon School of Visual Effects‘ Entertainment and Design program, twice winning the school’s Best of Term awards. On graduation, he worked at the Aaron Sims Company on projects including Maleficent, Noah, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Firelight, Falling Skies, The Wolverine and the Wachowski brothers’ upcoming Jupiter Ascending. He is currently working freelance for studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Amalgamated Dynamics, Imaginary Forces and Halon Entertainment, on movies including Iron Man 3.

Tell us about your journey

I’ve always been a fan of movies, for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was heavily influenced by films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Aliens and several others. So when I heard about the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, I knew that that was the place for me. Attending Gnomon pushed me to go after my dreams of being a creature and concept designer. Getting to learn from my favorite artists has been an amazing breakthrough, both personally and for my career.

Do you have dream projects?

Oh most definitely: I really enjoy working on Marvel films or anything Star Wars-related. Those franchises have given so much to me. I’m also developing my own IP – I’ll share more on that once it’s a bit further along – developing a studio, and an online tutorial store and learning community.

What are you passionate about?

Innovation, and seeing the artist community grow and thrive. I never want to stop learning and taking on challenges. Never stop moving forward! I also want to learn more practical effects and cinematography.

What would be your #1 advice to other artists?

Get out there and observe everything you can; experience everything you can. Gather reference and keep pushing your talents. Find inspiration in everything.

Related Links
Justin Fields’ website

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About the author

Jim Thacker is a contributing editor for ArtStation Magazine.