UCLAN Games Design Student Emma Smith

Today we showcase the work of University of Central Lancashire student Emma Smith. The 20 year-old creative is currently studying Games Design, specialising  in 3D environmental design.

“The course is a mixture of level design and 3d/2d art for video games, but my speciality in 3d Environment Art. I started off in traditional art, originally wanting to specialise in 2d character concept art, but a year and a half ago I was introduced to a program called Autodesk Maya, and since then I have never looked back. Making art for video games is technical as well as very creative. I use a wide range of programs such as Pixologic’s Zbrush, which allows me to sculpt pieces of 3d geometry for use in game. I am also part of a large online community of artists who work in 3d, and spend a lot of my time trawling the Polycount forums and taking part in competitions.”


“When I was young my aunt introduced me to the game Tomb Raider, at the age of 5. I was hooked, and grew up with gaming as my main hobby. I always loved art and being creative, and although I didn’t have a large amount of knowledge of the area of art for video games, I knew it was what I wanted to do when I finished my A levels. It was a hard transition going from working in mostly traditional mediums to purely digital, but I knew it was what I wanted to do.”


“Last year I got the great opportunity to work in a games company as a level design intern. The company was called Mediatonic, and I worked as the main level design intern on the game ‘1000 tiny claws’. This year I worked on a game called ‘Plinky Plonk’ which is a musical aid for children on the Ipad. Although I specialise in 3d art, I love using Adobe illustrator to design the User Interface for games and this was the perfect opportunity.”


“My main influences are obviously from the wide range of games that I have played in my life! Particularly games such as Bioshock and Fallout 3. I also take a lot of interest in my fellow artists in the field such as Scott Homer and love the work of traditional artists such as Alphonse Mucha.”



See more from Emma Smith on her website at ladyknowles.co.uk, Behance and follow on LinkedIn.

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