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In 2004 I was introduced into the world game concept art. I got my first game gig at Ncsoft and worked on Tabula Rasa their sci-fi MMOG. It was an amazing experience and a very sobering one as well. I made a lot of friends there and learned a ton from many of them. I must say though my greatest experience was interacting with the development team in Austin and creating concepts and seeing them brought to life by the 3d artist, animators and programmers. I also had the chance to meet NCSOFT employees from Korea and China as I visted both places. Now those are memories I will never let go of.

I am very thankful for getting to know those people and making friends all over the world. I think the experience transformed me in good ways. As a freelnace illustrator you tend to be sheltered a bit more because you are on your own but working as a concept artist or art director etc you have to be able to communicate and interact with others and take crits all the time and give crits, it's not always easy to hear but a part of the industry.

Unfortunately Tabula Rasa did not do well when it debuted in late 2007 and in Feb 2009 the servers were shutdown. I guess its a bit sad to think all the hard work the 9 am to 3am work days the 2 hrs in traffic on the LA 405 and all the things that come with working on a big project can easily be nulled in a heart beat, well maybe.

The nice thing about art though you can always look at it and remember exactly where you were when you created it and your state of mind, and what was going on in your life at the time. So when I look at one of my old TR concepts hundreds of memories come pouring in.

Me and the wife drove from FL TO CA when I got hired at NCSOFT and seeing those amazing mountains coming from flat Florida drew tears to my eyes. Knowing that I was on an adventure of a life time to do what I've always wanted to do, and that was to create concepts and characters and environments that people could enjoy or even get terrified by or hate etc. The point is everytime you create something its not art unless you leave a part of you in it. This is why I create what I create not for the money not for the fame but for the frekle face little kid or adult who wants to see something diffrent new and amazing. It's why we go see movies, play games, read books, listen to music etc.

I've posted some of the art I created for Tabula Rasa in my gallery, so now when you look at them you know a little about the journey and experiences they were created around :)




JP
  • Listening to: Deftones, Tool
  • Reading: not much
  • Watching: ultimate fighter, balances the violence in my art
  • Playing: nada
  • Eating: all sorts of junk
  • Drinking: flavored water
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Ralexand Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
It's a honor to know one of the great TR concept artists here on dA :), I really miss that game! :/
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EbinElm Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Indeed. It's the newness that almost always peeks my interest at first when I look for a book to read, a movie to watch, a game to play, or a picture to hang on my wall.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
a true artist!
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ANTIFAN-REAL Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Good reflection man - and I feel you :)

Best,
G x
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing your experience - being on a revolutionary game like Tabula Rasa would be intoxicating! I'm glad that there are other artists on here that are similarly inspired by your recollections.
Thanks so much for posting your wonderful artwork - if nothing else your posted memories of the project has brought more attention to a very worthy series of work. Keep it up!
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aelan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Very nice work! I love your oils.
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Mavor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
Man, inspirational tail for sure! I might be getting ready to change studios and make my way from east to west soon and I'm excited about the adventure that's going to bring (especially because I've never been to the the west coast). Thanks for sharing!
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BenDouglasUK Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
I really enjoyed playing Tabula Rasa, it's a real shame what happened. I read about it a couple of months ago but the future of the game was uncertain, it's quite disappointing to hear it's completely shut down. Still, the art you created stands as a testament to what you and the rest of the team achieved - sadly unless your game is called World of Warcraft you don't stand a chance in the MMO market these days...
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Anaxi Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It was good to read your post, thanks for tossing it up there. :] I always get this all encompassing sadness with my moments of nostalgia, especially when the memories are good ones. Hope you're able to keep in touch with all the people you ran into over the course of the project, and thanks for sharing the artwork, fabulous and yet tangible as always!
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IllysianB Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Inspiring--Randomly ran into your gallery today which is a big coincidence! Just because I've been involved with conceptart.org and know of some of the artists from NCSoft over there like Aaron Coberly, and Kekai.

You have a great gallery which is nothing less than I expected from anyone who works as an artist for NCSoft!

Added you to watch, you should let me know if you have a SB thread on conceptart.org--So I can check that out too!

Cheers,

Brittany
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