Interview with Den Birkin

In 2012, at GameInsight. I painted backgrounds there =)

Den Birkin is a 2D artist from Moscow, Russia Brazil with 7 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Photoshop and Maya.

What led you into the CGI/2D? Tell us your story:

Hate =) In 20 years, I broke up with my girlfriend. She was and is an artist. I wanted her to prove something worth something. And I wanted to become a better artist than her. Hate motivated me a lot. I painted 10 hours every day. When the veil of anger was asleep (in a few years), I thought it would be nice to use my skills to make money. Then, after a few years, it ceased to be just work, it became a love of creativity.

Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?

On ArtStation, of course =) I have no favorite artists. But often like beautiful characters of erotic content =))

How does a typical working day look like?

Now I work remotely, because my work day begins with a bed. I walk a couple of meters, and I’m already at work. Otherwise, everything is pretty standard: tasks, sketches, negotiations, search for solutions.

What does your workplace look like?

It is quite standard for people involved in CG: a table, an armchair, a computer, and of course a tablet. I have a rather austere workspace. No figures from the game, magazines, paintings. Although, only one PinUp-style picture hangs above the monitor..

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

I have everything simple – I can not draw. There is always some idea that you want to embody in the figure.

What is your passion beside CGI/2D?

I have no passion, but the complex of God. I just want to create something.

How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?

Yes, in general, no way. If something is laid out, lay out. Often, artists have a lot of things under NDA, therefore, it is not uncommon for a portfolio to be updated for months =) It’s useless to „squeeze out“ yourself, update your portfolio when you really want it.

What Software do you use to create your artwork

This is usually PhotoShop. Classic.

What Software do you want to learn in future? And why:

I want to go deep in 3D. I already know him, but I use it very rarely. I want to try myself in this direction. Just curiosity.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Honestly, I rarely read books, then I cannot recommend anything.

What music do you listen to while working?

Rarely listen to music while working. But if there are distractions, then the very different. No favorite genre.

Any advice for new Artists?

Draw, draw, and draw again. Nothing better is not invented.