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All of my favourites are there because ive hand picked them for future reference or inspiration. Im always on the look out for 'characters' and pictures that incite emotion, or depict a persona that will help me on my journey!

How much would you pay for a fully painted, limited edition, 12" collectible original female character figurine sculpted by me? 

305 deviants said $50-$80
258 deviants said $100-$120
255 deviants said $80-$100
212 deviants said $150 or more.
142 deviants said $120-$150
Man I hate to say it but this website is extremely easy, its very no mess no fuss, just like my tumblr.

I love deviantart and especially the small following i have here but i hope the devs can really streamline the maintenance and organization of the artwork to something similar.…

I will definitely be updating this place and possibly even use it as my main going forward. Dont worry, i wont abandon my deviantart - its just a matter of the amount of time.

If you have an artstation, feel free to follow me there too!!
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Jon Troy Nickel
Artist | Professional | Other
New Zealand
I'm just some random dude that likes to make characters for games!


Freelance Character Artist: Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division. Rooster Teeth's RWBY. Poots Kingdom Death. (2011 - Present)
Lead Character Artist on Rift (2010-2011)
Lead Character Artist on Edge of Twilight (2006-2009)
Freelance Character Artist (2003-2010)


What programs do you use to make your characters?

Zbrush, 3DSMax 2012, Maya 2012, Photoshop CS5 Extended, 3dcoat, Xoliul Shader, Keyshot.

What do you do for a day job ?

I'm a freelance Character artist for Videogames, Tabletop Miniatures, and Collectible Figurines!

How long have you been working in the games industry?

Almost 10 years now! Holy crap.

How many games have you worked on?

Gosh, more than 10 now I think - the most notable ones are Rift & Rift Storm Legion & Section 8. 2 failed AAA projects, Edge of Twilight and Stargate SG1, and then numerous handheld indy style games and small mmo's. I'm only including games I actually got paid to work on, if we count all the super indy stuff that I did with friends etc - man that number would be scary, probably like 25 - 30.

How long does it take you to make a character?

Depends on the character and the spec, but for something like Chun Li and working full time about 10-15 days give or take ?

Do you take commisions?

I'm always interested in projects and ideas - note me!

Are you going to be making tutorials?

Teaching is a very important thing, and as a student I would expect only the best master - so I dont think I'm ready. Too unrefined and organic in my processes etc, and I would hate to be guiding you down the wrong path.

Horde or Alliance?

For the Horde!!!!!

Why so many girls in your folio?

Girls are the best. ( See my recent journal for long answer )

Where are you from?

I was born in New Zealand - Land of the Hobbit, My mom is a native Maori from New Zealand and my Dad is from Canada! What a weird mix!

How did you get your start in the Games Industry?

I simply vanished off the face of the planet, stayed with my parents, worked crappy jobs and taught myself how to make game art at night, posted my work online consistantly - and continued to do this until I got good enough to get my first job :)



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Arisapocky Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, your work is ASDFJHK--
As someone who is also in Auckland and wanting to be an animator as well, did you go to Animation College NZ or did you just self-taught to where you are now?
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ChristopherPhoenix Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you for being a major inspiration to me. Gives me hope that as long as i keep on this, it don't matter about working crappy jobs until i get an industry one. 

Your tutorials you have really help me understand your character process especially with ZBrush as i am having a hard time getting started in it... but i need to push through it because its better than Mudbox lol.

Thank you :) 
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stevie-wydder Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you for the new fave ! :)
chaikneesdemocracy Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Love your work, jealous that you're in the industry!
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SONATOZ Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist
wow, you are so so so fucking asom ..
man, what software you use?
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