Hello guest, and thank you for being on a session of Level Up!
This page is designed to help you understand how a session works, feel free to ask us if anything remains unclear!
To take part in a Level Up! session you will need 2 things. A microphone and the Google Hangout plugin installed on your system.
A webcam is not required, though our audience enjoys to see the face of the artist of course!
A typical session lasts around 2 hours. In some cases and if the guest wishes so we may extend it.
Part 0 - Before the Session
We will send you the link to join our hangout via Facebook or email. We usually meet 30-15 minutes before the session is scheduled to start. If you can it would be great if you can jump in at least a few minutes before we go live.
Part 1 - Introduction - 5 min
We're live! Here we will introduce the artist and session and show some of the artist's work.
Part 2 - Your Story - 15-30 min
Now you can tell us your background or how it all started. Old work that you can share and we can look through is something the viewers really love to spend some time on. You may also use this time to talk about or promote something you are currently doing or want to share.
Part 3 - Main Questions - 15 min
Here we will ask some of the main questions people have for you from our poll or the live chat.
Part 4 - Demo - 30-60 min
During this part you may do a painting or drawing demo, or show a workflow in any other software. You may also choose to show process screens, go through PSD layers or any other visual presentation you would like to give our audience. This is your moment, feel free to talk to us about any ideas or concerns regarding this part.
Part 5 - Critique - 10-15 min
During the critique we give some tips to our viewers about the work they've submitted to our group. This gives the guest some time to wind down a bit while we end the session, or finish up some parts of a demo for example. Should you wish to critique some submitted work that is absolutely fine of course!
Part 6 - The End - 5-10 min
We close the session with some final words, random silly talk or whatever else we still want to share with each other. After thanking the artist and giving the viewers some info about Level Up! we go offline.
Once we are offline and no longer streaming live you can leave the hangout or stay around a bit more for some behind the screen talking. We would also like to kindly ask you to keep any PSD or project files of your demo so that we may share them on our website.
During the session we will ask you questions based on the current subject. Other questions may come from our event polls or be asked live by viewers in the chat. We will moderate the questions submitted.
When there are no questions we will pick them from the list below so feel free to familiarize yourself with some of these possible questions. This is mostly to continue the session if the conversation naturally dies out.
YOUR PAST & BACKGROUND:
When did you decide that you wanted to do this line of work? Was there a key moment?
When did your first breakthrough happen?
What were you doing for a living before you did this kind of work?
Do you have any traditional background?
Are you self taught or did you go to an art school?
Who was your first inspiration? And who is now?
Were the people surrounding you supportive when you started out?
Did you ever have to sacrifice something to get to where you are now?
WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY:
What's the most exciting project you've been able to work on?
Are there any projects you have always wanted to work on?
What do you find most appealing about working as concept artist?
Do you like where the industry is currently going? How do you see its future?
How do you prepare yourself before jumping into a big, flagship project?
What do you think the best way is to break into the industry these days? Have things changed?
Freelancing vs. in house work, what are the pros and cons?
What’s the biggest mistake people make when they first start working in the industry?
How important are 3D skills, can we survive as only 2D artists?
What was the worst job you ever had to do?
Can you share a funny or remarkable thing that happened during your career?
What do you like and what frustrates you about how thinks work in the professional field?
How important do you think politics are when it comes to finding work?
What's the best way to expose yourself to potential clients?
How do you feel about doing underpaid or unpaid work to get into the industry?
How do you deal with bad clients? What if that is the only work opportunity?
CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION:
- What do you like about art or why do you enjoy doing it?
- Where do you get your inspiration from or what do you do to inspire yourself?
- Is there anything you do to get the creative juices flowing?
- Do you experience art blocks, and how do you deal with them?
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a concept artist?
- Do you have a favourite quote? If so what is it and why do you like it?
- What’s your favourite movie? Has this affected your work?
- Do you listen to the music while painting? Does the music play a role in your creative process?
- How do you deal with stress that comes from your work?
- What was the biggest struggle during your artistic journey?
- What's the most important lesson you have learned that you would pass on to others ?
- How do you keep yourself motivated when you are feeling down about yourself or your progress?
- What do you think about the relation you have with your own work? How does it affect you?
- At what point are you content with where you are? How do you define success?
- What kind of personal work do you enjoy doing? How is that related to your professional work?
- How important is support from family and friends about what you do?
- Do you have any dreams or goals for the future you have yet to achieve?
- What's the most personal piece you've ever done? What is the story behind it?
TECHNICAL SKILLS & LEARNING:
- Are you familiar with different tools? (3D, 2D, traditional, etc...)
- How do you feel about the importance of brushes, is it vital to your work?
- How do you feel about the importance of using photos?
- What do you do to stay sharp, keep up or improve your skills?
- Are there any specific methods of practice that you found very effective in the past?
- Is there anything you discovered that dramatically changed your abilities?
- What is the first thing you do before you sit down and start a new piece?
- Do you rely more on your training or intuition when it comes to designing?
- What makes a good design, and how can you train your sense for it?
- Where do most ideas for your drawings come from ?
- How did you find your own style? Or how did it develop for you?
- What do you do to build your visual library?
- Do you research a lot when doing a piece? How do you go about doing that?
- Are there any particular books, documentaries or other sources of information you can recommend?
- What about going to school? What are the benefits and pitfalls of schools vs. being self taught?
- How do you feel about the price for education? How does this differ across the world?
- What is the best way to get mileage. Should I just practice or use specific training?
- How long does it take to get to a professional level. What other factors come into play?
- How would you define a masterpiece. What in the work helps qualify that for you?
LIFE OUTSIDE PAINTING:
- What about your health? How do you keep yourself physically and mentally healthy?
- Have you ever dealt with a work related physical injury such as RSI or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
- Can you give any tips on ergonomics or improving your working habits in terms of health?
- What do you like doing when you don’t paint? Do you have any other hobbies?
- What activities do you do that relate to your work later? How does life affect art?
- Are you reading any books? Is there anything you've read that you can recommend?
- What about your social life? How do you manage your time with work?
- What do close friends or family think or know about what you do?
- How do you think working in this industry affects relationships and friends? How do you deal with it?
- Do you play any video games? And how do you think it may affect your work or that of others?
- What about burnouts or taking time off work? How do you feel about this?
- Are you a cat or a dog person?
THE FINAL AND INESCAPABLE QUESTION:
- If you had to choose, would you rather be Godzilla or a Billionaire? And why?
Thank you so much for being a part of Level Up!