Tomáš Eniac Cíger is a Digital artist Bratislava, Slovakia, with 4 years of industry experience. He likes to work with Photoshop.
What led you into the CGI/2D? Tell us your story.
As a little kid I loved video games. But at the same time when PS 1 was a big thing, my parents bought me old SEGA rip-off from the local marketplace so I had to find an alternative to the main stream games. And because I had no money for the new games I found my way to indie games. Long story short wink Here in Slovakia we don’t have large video games companies but I was lucky because I managed to find my gateway to the industry via Pixel Federation (company that focuses on Facebook games). For which I am really grateful.
Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?
Nostalgia for the old games, synthesizers, Atari, 80s (which were not at all so cool in the post-communist country) even though I haven’t lived at the time. And for sure my country, Slovakia. Which is still pretty wild and has corners full of inspiration like old concrete housing blocks, gigantic old industrial factories etc.; Plus master Alejandro Jodorowsky, Metal Hurlent from Humanoïdes Associés, Heavy Metal magazine and all the artists that contributed there. Old Slovak fairytales, Katsuhiro Otomo, Hajao Mijazaki etc.;
How does a typical working day look like?
I woke up around 10:00, eat soy jogurt & coffee, play some good music, I think around 20 minutes about what am I going to do. And then just draw and create. Before the lunch I usually focus on illustrations for the book. After the lunch I am trying to work on comics and during the night I focus on videogames. Sometimes until the morning, depends on my mood and feeling.
What does your workplace look like?
Under my bed
How do you stay motivated in this industry?
I don’t knw how to do anything else and neither do I want to do anything else.
What is your passion beside CGI/2D?
Synthwave music, that web ring to the Nightcall events, my remote controlled car, old gaming consoles, light glitchy cyberpunk, illustrations, comics, comics & comics.
How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?
When I feel like I didn’t uploaded anything on to my website in a long time i upload something wink
What Software do you use to create your artwork?
What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?
I would really like to learn how to code. So that I can create whole videogame by myself and so that I can relate much better to coders & developers.
Which books would you recommend to the read?
Comic book Incal
What music do you listen to while working?
synthwave, space electro & soundtracks from indie videogames
Any advice for new Artists?
Don’t get crazy, don’t forget to chill out and do things well.