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Hello! Welcome to my personal page.

Here I will tell you a little about myself and show how the last 20 years used to be.

My name is Ivan. I am an art director, art manager, lead artist, 3D modeler, and UI artist.

Since 2004, I have been creating graphics for games and managing Art departments from 10 to 100 specialists in various fields and specializations.

I have a huge amount of experience in 2D, 3D, and vector graphics, as well as animations, visual effects, and motion design.

If you are interested in learning more about my track record, welcome to my Linkedin

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Location: Batumi, Georgia

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3D City Builder

in Casual style

2022

The last, unfinished project of the Pictolabra studio in which I was the founder and Art Director. The studio lasted from the end of 2019 to 2022 inclusive.

After the start of the war, Pictolabra ceased to exist, and the remnants of the team were relocated to Batumi.

The city builder could turn out to be interesting and noticeable in its niche, at least it looks pretty!

At the start of this project, I was also involved in developing the style and creating the first game assets, and then scaled the ready-made solutions for the team and trained 3D modelers.

In the process of pre-production, I came up with my own way of texturing low poly models, which someone probably used before me ;)

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The essence of the approach is to create textures immediately in the required, small size, using the tools that allow you to create very clear, sharp textures, almost pixel art. Tools such as a pencil or hard-edged brush

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In this case, the interpolation/blending of pixels with each other occurs only once when the model is rendered in the game engine and thus the texture looks as sharp as possible at a minimum size

Slideshow at the end of the conversation about this project and we move on

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City Builder

Reskin project

2021

Unfortunately, also an unreleased project in the retro setting of the Victorian era and the corresponding retro style

The marketing screenshots above partially used purchased models, as it was necessary to quickly conduct marketing tests. But not all models were bought on the digital stock.

The following is a retrofuturistic bucket wheel excavator - the main element of the screen with a quarry, which was made by me personally

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In continuation, some screenshots from the game

Of course, I did not work on the project alone, but with a team, and a reasonable question may arise - how significant is my contribution?

Very significant! Let's take a look at an example. The following is an image created at the very beginning by the team.

The result turned out to be unsatisfactory. Just giving feedback, in that case, wasn't enough

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 FAIL! 

There is only one way out - to take everything into my own hands and work out the style and technical solutions on my own

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Well, then the transfer of experience, training, feedback, and constant work with the team, not only as a Lead but also as a performer.

And the result was not long in coming! After a couple of weeks, the team picked up the style and assets began to appear no worse, and often better, than my first pictures

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 Match-3 & Mahjong

projects

2019-2021

Pictolabra's first projects in the Match-3 and Mahjong genres with nice graphics, especially when it comes to graphics related to game mechanics, and excellent VFX

As for the Match-3 / Mahjong chips, I don’t trust anyone. I like to mess with them by myself :)

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You can see how I created the tiles here:

And now about VFX. Have I ever done this? Yes, I have!

Below are just a few examples of what I did:

Nothing special, uncomplicated effects, but decent

And now VFX in the creation of which I already acted as a supervisor

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Let's continue with the next batch of UI

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From time to time I had to work with motion design. Nothing complicated, it would be a desire

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G5 Games period

2016-2019

Over the course of three and half years at G5, I went from 2D artist to Art Director, and in that time I transformed the Art Department, which had only 2D artists doing everything from animations to UI, to industry standards with 3D departments structured by direction, 2D, Animators, UI, etc. Which undoubtedly led to a significant increase in the quality of game graphics.

Well, in the beginning, while I was in the position of Art Lead, I worked on a wonderful project Mahjong Journey

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As an Art Lead, I did the same - worked out the style of the project, made UI, 3D, and 2D, wrote guides, created and structured the Art Department, implemented technical solutions, trained juniors, and controlled the entire visual part of the project.

Everything is as usual!

The pipeline for creating objects on the map can be viewed at the following link:

Here are some examples of my work

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It looks a little old-fashioned and overloaded today, but in 2016 such UI was still in trend.

From interesting! Due to the lack of suitable tools in the engine for creating complex/animated interfaces, I decided to use Spine 2D as an interface editor. The pipeline works and is great for self-written C++ engines

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You can read several of my articles about how I worked with the UI back then

Иван Марьев: Включаем голову и “делаем” интерфейс. Часть I

Иван Марьев: Включаем голову и “делаем” интерфейс. Часть II

 A couple more of match-3 sets and we'll continue diving deeper back in time

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The period of work at G5 Games was very fruitful and useful for gaining managerial experience and, in general, for understanding how Art departments work and are built in large companies

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Pictolabra 1.0

2014-2015

Pictolabra 1.0 was a small indie studio consisting of two people. An artist and a programmer. Our main occupation was the development of a small game for GameHouse

The project is a bit strange both in terms of style and art production.

Made entirely in vector

During this period of time, there were other mini-projects, but we will not dwell on them

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Jet Trains for

Realore Studio

2012

Jet Trains is a mobile game from Realore studio that I worked on as Art Lead, 3D Artist, UI Artist, and Animator. The art team was quite small, with around three or four people including me

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I apologize for the low quality of the video, but back then we did not have a powerful computer that could do render in high resolution

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Let's go back in time, to indie origins!

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Indie development

Long, long time ago

2004-2011

The most important thing that I managed to learn during this period of my life is multitasking and multiskill. When you are the only artist on a project, there is no question of what you can and cannot do. Everything must be done!

Of course, some pictures now look very naive

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At that time, many different games were made, but something can no longer be found, something else I just don't want to show :)

Well, for dessert, screenshots from the very first project. Just for fun!

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Thanks for watching and patience!

Good luck and creative success!

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Feel free to contact

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