Featured Pro Portfolio: Layna Lazar

We’re so glad artists have been raving about their ArtStation Pro websites! This week we’re bringing you guys an interview with Layna Lazar.

Layna is a full time digital sculptor, Twitch streamer and co-owner of IHazToys currently living in New Zealand. In her only 3 years of experience, she has produced sculptures and 3D models for Weta Workshop, Kingdom Death, Lab Zero, Kinetiquettes, Seven Seas Entertainment, and Grinding Gear Games.

Check out Layna’s ArtStation-powered website. 

“It was a freaking great idea. I had so much fun putting together my ArtStation Pro webpage, and it took barely any time to figure out and set up.”

In this interview, Layna tells us about how she got started and the tips she thinks are most important to be an artist:

What makes a portfolio stand out to you?

Of course the art is what makes a portfolio, but having a website that doesn’t enable you to see it clearly is such a downfall to artists. Being able to see it loud and clear the moment someone goes to your page can really make a portfolio fantastic. Keep it simple!

I didn’t realize that when you create a pro account, when people search for specifics- i.e “artists in New Zealand” your account goes to the top of searches, which is pretty neat!

Tips for aspiring artists:

Finish your projects. It’s super easy to get tired and bummed out with whatever it is you’ve chosen to work on, but it will feel so good when you actually reach your end goal. It’s taken me years to actually start forming a habit of finishing. You start to take what you’ve learned from previous projects and put that knowledge towards new ones. Then, you slowly grow in time because of it. It’s almost like this little experience bar that doesn’t get points to level up unless you reach the end!

Try your best to pick projects that inspire you. 3D takes a long time whether it’s sculpting for print, making game characters, or beautiful cinematic quality pieces. Be sure this is something you want to be looking at for weeks even months! If you’re looking to get a job at a specific company, try to even pick something that may be relevant to that realm of art as well as it will show where your passion lies.

What kind of training/studying have you done to get to the level you are at now?

When I was 15, I went to an overnight three week iDGA Video Game Design camp, and I think from that point I never stopped learning and wanting to get better. I went to several schools over my college days and was able to learn the ins and outs of the programs used in the industry. I’ve got heaps of Digital painting, 3D modeling, drawing, anatomy, and animation books that I always keep close to me and refer to when I need them!
In terms of what I do now and where I’m at currently, I really do owe all of that knowledge and experience to Jon Troy Nickel. He’s been my inspiration, teacher, and partner through the past few years. He’s essentially been my Mr.Miyagi! I’m still new in the world of 3D but I’m happy to have someone so knowledgeable to show me the ropes and keep me on the right path!


See more of Layna’s work on her ArtStation Pro website. To find out more about ArtStation Pro portfolio websites, click here

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Sierra is the Editor of ArtStation Magazine.