Marketplace Success Story: Suzanne Helmigh
“I decided to sell my reference packs on ArtStation because it’s simply the best place to reach other artists. Everyone from students to professionals – they’re all on ArtStation and they all have a good use for my reference packs, whether it be for commercial artwork, concept art, or studies.”
Sharing is Caring
Helmigh is a strong advocate of sharing what she has learnt to help other artists grow. Her interest to pursue a career in concept art was piqued after finishing her degree in film school. Although she was rejected from local art schools at first, she began her self-taught education in digital painting in 2009 and got her first job as a concept artist just the following year.
In her own practice, she has always worked with home shot references whenever pressed for time or trying something outside of her comfort zone.
“Having come from a AAA concept art background, I know all too well how fast ideas need to be generated. To get a solid and realistic rendition, you must work with references,” she shares. Two years ago, she started practicing HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) and found that clashing swords with others was a great way to blow off steam and get in some exercise. The need for good references and doing such a sport as HEMA lead to asking friends in her class pose for reference. Eventually, she began sharing her private reference albums with other artists and splitting the income so they could afford to make more reference packs for the community.
Making Supplemental Income as a Young Artist
“If you have something you’re already pretty adept at, share it! Maybe even for a small fee. It can be in the form of reference packs, texture packs and kitbash packs – heck even speedpaint video’s of your studies. “
Being Active & Responsive to the Community
She noted that since there has been a lot of interest her composition and line-art process, she’s putting together a tutorial about that and teaching people the simplest route of telling your story the best way by the use of composition, lighting, bodylanguage, focal points,etc. She’s also currently working on a female warrior anatomy pack as well and reference packs based on lighting and facial expressions.
“The moment I joined ArtStation felt like a new breath of air was given to the online artist community. Other social media had become saturated with self-promotion and lacked interaction. Now I always have ArtStation open in my browser to get inspired by the new works that get posted every day as well as follow my favorite artists closely on their inspiring journeys.”
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