Blaz Porenta chats to us about life as a concept artist, his work on the fantasy card game Legend of the Cryptids and what he has to look forward to in the future.
Hi Blaz, for those who may not be familiar with your work could you tell us a bit about yourself as an artist?
I am an illustrator, living in my little world of horror and fluffy animals â€" it depends on the day. I love to challenge myself by painting stories, portraying emotions and exploring traditional technique and styles in digital media along the way.
The last time we spoke you were working as Art Director for Actalogic. What have you been up to since then?
I am currently working as a full-time concept artist and painter at Outfit 7, a company most known for their Talking Friends app franchise. Not my typical horror genre, but I found myself really enjoying the variety of work I am getting there. Iâ€™m doing everything from creating new characters and environments for a kid audience, to working on video projects in collaboration with Disney. Then in my spare time at home, I balance that with a couple of freelance projects, where I can fulfill my tendencies for some horror and fantasy paintings.
Since the last time you spoke to us, what have been your favorite projects to work on?
I would like to point out a couple of them. One, for sure, was working on a series of well-known children stories for 3DTotal, portraying them in a horror fashion. That was a project Iâ€™d been planning to do on my own for a long time; I just needed a push.
The next one is currently ongoing: working on fantasy card game Legend of the Cryptids for a Japanese client, Applibot. I choose a character of my choice, and then create my vision of him without the pressure of tight deadlines. I couldnâ€™t be happier!
And last but not least, a personal project that I am working on with two of my close friends: a mobile app game named Swamp Attack. It is an indie game in its final stage of development, and I hope weâ€™ll be able to find a publisher for it soon, or release it on our own.
Could you tell us about any projects you have coming up that you are really looking forward to?
I am getting quite a few offers for work on different card games lately, but since I am fully-booked with my ongoing aforementioned projects, I have to unfortunately decline them for now. I hope to do some more work for Applibot in the future, as well as maybe one or two more indie games for fun. Oh, and there is also a comic book on the way, but I am