Artists today are commemorating Portfolio Day, an opportunity for artists, illustrators, animators, and the wider creative industry to showcase their talent publicly. Naturally, there’s a ton of cracking game art.
The work include artists from all walks of life: cover art for books and novels, finishing artists for movies, pixel artists for indie games, character art for AAA titles like God of War, Halo and Watch Dogs, visual designers, 3D artists, modellers and much, much more.
Some of the artists will be familiar to regular Kotaku Australia readers — we’ve featured Ben Nicholas before in some Fine Art features, and Raf Grassetti (the art director on God of War) has been around the internet for his lifelike reworkings of Smash Ultimate characters.
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But there’s a ton of artists below you might not have seen before. Quite a few of them are Australian as well, so check their work out!
Hey #portfolioday! It's me Ben! I worked some Halo games, Watchdogs Legion, and some sneakers, and make a lot of personal concept art and illustrations https://t.co/sxHX1YMwf2 pic.twitter.com/ttMEmM3AaC— Ben nicholas (@BelgianBoolean) July 9, 2019
It's #PortfolioDay ~ I'm Veronica, a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I love drawing characters from my favourite games and concepts of my D&D campaign.— Veronica (@gadzooks97) July 9, 2019
It's #portfolioday apparently! I am an illustrator based in Sydney (born in Ireland). My illustration work is mainly in the sports industry. Worked with @FA @leinsterrugby @C4Sport @F1 @GlasgowWarriors @AVWFCOfficial Have a look at my work: https://t.co/YV0DyVXEuB #procreate pic.twitter.com/VQs9LrUOqD— Damien Quinn ???? (@DMQ_FC) July 10, 2019
I'm April Prime, I live in Vancouver, though I come from a rural town in Northern Australia called Humpty Doo! My entire life is dedicated to D&D, fantasy, and creature art. I have a penchant for animals in wizard hats, bright colours, and painting books and paper #PortfolioDay pic.twitter.com/JEJ2hsM7ql— April Prime (@April_Prime) July 9, 2019
Hi, #PortfolioDay!— Orsob (@_Orsob_) July 9, 2019
I'm Yuliana, a freelance illustrator who loves fantasy art and designing colorful characters ✨
◆ https://t.co/r0lYp4LwCj pic.twitter.com/kCRrXYq0UD
hi #PortfolioDay im jubilee ! i like to draw #pixelart landscapes and dabble a lil in gamedev !~ ????????— Jubilee ❣️ (@16pxl) July 9, 2019
✨ https://t.co/PG9241mChs pic.twitter.com/ejbl87B6or
Hello #portfolioday! My name is Dave, I'm an animator & illustrator from the Blue Mountains, Australia. I love loose, expressive lines, silly characters and exaggerated expressions. I'm available for freelance animation/character design/storyboarding: https://t.co/jEtTsFmEku ???? pic.twitter.com/PhiZMa96QD— Dave Coleman (@dvclmn) July 9, 2019
Hey there, it’s #PortfolioDay! I’m Jarlan, a 3D Artist and Visual Designer who loves to make robots, ships, small isometric rooms and interesting scenes.— Jarlan Perez (@JarlanPerez) July 9, 2019
Instagram: https://t.co/J5ZxCR8TD2#ConceptArt #Gamedev pic.twitter.com/OFvLa7JeuT
It’s #PortfolioDay again! Hi, I’m Anna and I paint stuff for M:tG and my personal project Veritas!— Anna Steinbauer (@depingo) July 9, 2019
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I'm Samantha and I'm an illustrator of Jewish descent. I specialize in editorial and other media related work. #PortfolioDay— Samantha Mash???? (@anamericanghost) July 9, 2019
It’s portfolio day and I don’t have access to my pc right now ????????????— Amagoia (Lac) (@Lilaeh) July 9, 2019
Anyway… I’m Amagoia, a freelance illustrator based in Spain. Lately I’ve been working on some upcoming cool animated series and illustrated books, as well as a comic. #portfolioday pic.twitter.com/yEehuCJwDx
Its #portfolioday ! I'm Ronald a digital illustrator based in LA ???? I've done a lot of scenery and environment artwork. Recently I've been moving into animation. Check out my page for more ✨ pic.twitter.com/7CEJka0FoB— SeerLight ????✨ (@SeerStuff) July 9, 2019
Hi #portfolioday— liz (@lizulimu) July 9, 2019
I’m Liz, I work as an Art Director in advertising by day and I illustrate/ freelance from time to time when I have time.
☘️ https://t.co/ZoZuFNhBQn pic.twitter.com/AaDXXwy4lK
Wait, is it #PortfolioDay already?— Jana Heidersdorf (@Checanty) July 9, 2019
I'm Jana, an illustrator of the dark, fantastical and fairytales. My pictures go on (and in) books, comics, and sometimes on tv.
Portfolio: https://t.co/4a4exzBamJ pic.twitter.com/nmUvUhoPPv
It’s #portfolioday! My name is Dakota, I like drawing the ways people interact with nature and watching reality shows :•)— Dakota ???? Looking for work (@knifegoblin) July 9, 2019
#colorist #illustration pic.twitter.com/xUdvbV5SqO
To see more work from artists, you can browse through what artists are posting for Portfolio Day here.