Illustration & Concept Design
inpursuitofart@gmail.com

Fallout 2 – Temple of Trials – Concept Art – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

Jocko Podcast

Jocko Podcast – Bringing Light Into The Darkness – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

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Forgotten Pharaoh – 3D Sculpt & Concept Design – Zbrush, Modo, Photoshop – 2016

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Industrial City – Sci Fi Cityscape – 3D Concept – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

Raziel – Soul Reaver Legacy of Kain – Concept Art – Zbrush, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2016

The Dragon Roost

The Dragon Roost – Concept Illustration – Photoshop – 2016

Abandoned Mall

Abandoned Mall – Post Apocalyptic – Concept Art – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

A Sea of Oil

A Sea of Oil – Concept Illustration – Modo, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2016

3D Cityscape - Concept Matte Painting - Modo, Photoshop

3D Cityscape – 3D Concept & Matte Painting – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

Stranger’s Arrival – Concept Matte Painting – Photoshop – 2016

Bee Drone Detail Shot- 3D Concept Design - Modo, Photoshop - 2016

Bee Drone Detail Shot- 3D Concept Design – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

Necromancer's Lair

Necromancer’s Lair – Concept Illustration – 3DCoat, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2016

Discovering The Ancient Empire - Illustration - Modo, Photoshop - 2016

Discovering The Ancient Empire – Illustration – Modo, Photoshop – 2016

Fallout 2 – The Den – Concept Art – Modo, Photoshop – 2015

Into The Jungle

Into The Jungle – Concept Illustration – Photoshop – 2016

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The Viking – Concept Illustration – Photoshop – 2015

Thunder, Fire & Water Goddesses - Hair Photography Competition Entry - Photo by Doug McMillan - Photoshop - 2015

Thunder, Fire & Water Goddesses – Hair Photography Competition Entry – Photo by Doug McMillan – Photoshop – 2015

Silent Mountains

The Silent Mountains – Concept Art – Vue, Photoshop – 2016

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The Shaman – Concept Portrait – Photoshop – 2015

Stone Dragon - Illustration - Modo, Keyshot, Photoshop - 2015

Stone Dragon – Illustration – Modo, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2015

Brothers – Concept Illustration – Modo, Photoshop – 2015 – Bot Design by Vaughan Ling

The Last Survivor - Concept Painting - Modo, Photoshop

Last Survivor – Concept Painting – Modo, Photoshop – 2015

The Cardinal - Concept Portrait - ZBrush, Keyshot, Photoshop

The Cardinal – Concept Portrait – ZBrush, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2015

The Wildling - Concept Portrait - ZBrush, Keyshot, Photoshop

The Wildling – Concept Portrait – ZBrush, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2015

Robot Sketches - 3D Design - 3D Coat, Keyshot, Photoshop - 2016

Robot Sketches – 3D Design – 3D Coat, Keyshot, Photoshop – 2015

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Dark Knight – Fantasy Concept Sketch – Photoshop – 2015

Road to Industry City – Concept Matte Painting – Photoshop – 2014

Forever Gone -Effects of Climate Change - Winner of the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change #BactionClimateChange Competition - Original Photo by James Alexander

Forever Gone -Effects of Climate Change – Winner of the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change #BackClimateAction Competition – Original Photo by James Alexander – 2015

Final Gaze - Effects of Climate Change - Photo Retouching, Matte Painting - Original Photo by James Alexander

Final Gaze – Effects of Climate Change – Retouching, Matte Painting – Original Photo by James Alexander – 2015

The Torments of Time

The Torments of Time – Digital Painting –  2013

After Jean-Leon Gerome's "Diogenes"

After Jean-Leon Gerome’s “Diogenes” – Digital Painting – 2013

Pollice Verso Study

“Pollice Verso” – after Jean-Leon Gerome – Digital Painting – 2013

the loop

The Loop – Concept & Compositing – Photoshop – 2012

Hi, this is Volen.

The Short Story

I currently work out of the UK as a freelance Artist, Concept Designer & Illustrator. I also teach beginner artists via one-on-one mentorships. Please get in touch with any project you could use my help on – inpursuitofart@gmail.com

I have also earned a First Class Degree in Film & Digital Art from Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK.

The Longer Story

I had never drawn or painted anything until the age of 22. I didn’t even doodle…

I just didn’t know about art. It was never a part of my environment and I had never seen anyone do it. When I first tried drawing, after starting a film course, I also found out that I was profoundly untalented. I thought it would be impossible for me to learn. So, naturally, it became an obsession and a personal challenge.

I spent the next several years working every single day on improving my craft and learning from the best. I went through every single course I could find, read every book I could get my hands on and ultimately art has become my vehicle for self-improvement, not just as a practitioner, but as a person. It has taught me more than any other activity I’ve been involved in, some key lessons being discipline, consistency, humbleness and gratitude. It has also taught me about what Carol Dweck calls the growth mindset – which is our infinite ability to improve, so long as we perceive everything as a process that can be worked on, not a gift, personal defect or lack of innate ability. Art has also taught me how to learn, which is a skill I sadly did not manage to master or understand during 15 years of school and university combined.

I’m self-taught, but I can say without a doubt, that art has been my greatest teacher so far. For those on the same path of improvement – I hope to be able to help by sharing my journey on the blog YouTube and sketchbook containing years of work where you can see my progress from a complete beginner. My mission is to help people learn how to learn and to spread the growth mindset to as many people as I can reach.

 

Thank you very much for stopping by!