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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? 

638 deviants said $50-$80
536 deviants said $100-$120
532 deviants said $80-$100
520 deviants said $150 or more.
332 deviants said $120-$150
Hey Everyone, here is episode 2 of the character art podcast!

For those that dont know Josh Singh is currently a Senior Character Artist @ Riot and has been working on League of Legends for the past 4 years! He also worked on the Warhammer 40k mmo and darksiders, titan quest and many other games! 

We chat about all kinds of useful information and advice for character artists, from junior level right up to senior level.

I also announced the winners of my art competition live on the podcast, so you get to hear Josh's reaction to winning the competition. (Total luck that this happened it all worked out this way!)

You can check out Episode 2 here:

Subscribe and let us know what you think, cheers!

  • Listening to: Drum and Bass of course
  • Watching: Salem Season 2
  • Drinking: Apple Juice and Sparkling Water


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Jon Troy Nickel
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New Zealand
I'm just some random dude that likes to make characters for games!

Some of the games/projects I'm working on or have worked on include:

League of Legends.
Tom Clancy's The Division.
Kingdom Death.


What programs do you use to make your characters?

Zbrush, 3DSMax, Maya, Photoshop, 3dcoat, Keyshot, Marmoset Toolbag.

What do you do for a day job ?

I work @ Weta Workshop as a digital sculptor for collectibles!

How long have you been working in the games industry?

12 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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DragonLoreStudios Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   General Artist
finally got around to listoning to your podcasts! they were very.. interesting....Still on the fence if i want to go to school or not...I agree I would probly benefit more from a mentor instead of a school. But I think what I lack is the refinement of learning the programs from top to bottom is what I lack. My mind set is more creative then my skill set allows me to express it. I hope when i finally manage to be able to invest in Zbrush I can find that refinement I'm seeking...until then I decided to focus on my digital art concepts ^-^. Just wanted to let you know right now you and your circle of friends are kinda my inspiration to make my ideas a reality. (and yes i do live with my parents who support my life choices :D)
DragonLoreStudios Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   General Artist
Hello again :D keep up the good work. Knowing your self taught like me is very motivating that i can get to that point of refinement you'd expect from a professional artist with enough time and practice. here's my latest OC design if your interested in looking at it. Lexyvil
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STUDYDOO Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
I just wanted to stop by and just express how amazing your work on kingdom death is man, the amount of detail you are able to sculpt on to these figures from the concept drawing is incredible. I initially was not to concerned about miniatures when i became interested in the game. Boy did that change when when i saw how detailed and how well you fleshed out each model. I cannot wait to be able to have more of your pieces man.
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tatehemlock Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the faves!
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00ooepicoo00 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Hi i watched your Gallery and have to say i´m overvelmed by these wonderful stuf.

Do you also sculpt traditional in clay?

I´m try to learn more and more sculpting in clay so you can see it in my Gallery. But it´s a long way.

Have a nice Weekend ;-)
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