About Me


My name is Peter Leask and I absolutely love concept art! I am an educator teaching Games, Animation and VFX. Video games have always inspired me and encouraged me to develop my artistic skills for use in what is such a great industry.

My favorite aspect of all of these industries is the Concept art, this is something I am passionate about in both my teaching and my freelance work. Spreading the value of concept art for communication as well as for use in developing ideas is something I as an individual am very passionate about.

This website showcases not only my work but will also communicate my passion for what it is I do. I hope that you the reader can find use in my posts that I often use to discuss my concept art, how it was made and why I made it and my thoughts behind how individual people can progress their own work.

What else is there to know about me? Well as well as Concept art I am a huge fan of 3D modelling and editing in 3DSMax, texturing, UI design and I have been know to work on level design concepts within the unity engine. I enjoy hiking and playing games. My favorite game of all time would have to be Heroes of Might and Magic three. This game has so much to give and its replay value was outstanding!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, you can do so through the site if you would like any concept art created for any kind of project I would be more than happy to help.

Artwork gallery


This gallery is showcasing much of my artwork, I will talk about and break down my process behind each piece. You will be able to observe this within my artwork blog.

You will notice that I like to include my artwork work in progress and my practice in the form of studies. I think this is a fantastic way to showcase how I work as an artist. You can see that I am able to take on a wide variety of styles. This includes line worked artwork all  the way through to digital paintings.

Artists who inspire me

 

I feel this is a great area of my website to explain whose artwork inspires me and why. My favorite artist and the inspiration for most of my work is Feng Zhu. As an artist he runs his own studios and has a school of design in Singapore. Feng currently has me using the #JustDraw for my artwork. As an artist he encourages users online through a Youtube channel and has hundreds of useful video tutorials and he is a huge inspirer of my work. You can check out his website here  – Feng Zhu 

Another artist I have always found inspiring is James Gurney. His book on colour and light has always been of use to me. James Gurney did the light and colour for Dinotopia. The artwork was and is amazing capturing vibrant and interesting characters a good amount of these being dinosaurs. I think what was most interesting around this art, that really made me think about my own work was his ability to bring something we have never seen in the flesh and merge this with a very realistic scenario. By this I mean market places bustling with people where dinosaurs fit into the scene. When working on anything to do with James Gurney I use the #ColourandLight Check out James Gurneys artwork here – James Gurney

People who inspire me

Finally I want to talk about Sir David Attenborough. The documentaries that he has made and created have always helped me find the resources I need to create interesting and different works of art. By far his best documentary for me is his Life series. A large thankyou as well to all the dedicated Camera people who gathered the footage. These individuals sheer determination also inspire me. When working on anything inspired by life I will use the #Life To see more of Sir David check here – Sir David Attenborough

Tutorial resources: Everything you need to know!


The Tutorial Library:

My plan here is to share the processes I go through to develop the work you see across my website in the form of a tutorial library. Sharing tutorials allows you guys to see how I would create my work if I developed them freelance, it also allows those of you who want to be artists or games designers to join in and try my own process and hopefully learn a bit about how you can apply how I work to your own stuff.  I advise viewing these full screen or you can go straight to my Youtube channel. I livestream on Thursdays if you want to ask questions so tune in at 21:00 GMT+1 and ask away, I love meeting new people and if I can help. I will.

Concept art tutorials

Below we have my concept art in Photoshop tutorial. This lets you look into using Pinterest to begin the idea creation for artwork. This tutorial aims at giving you the reader the chance to develop unique and interesting ideas. These ideas can be used for video games, stories or maybe even your D&D campaign.

Unity tutorials

This section is going to contain all tutorials surrounding the game engine Unity. In this tutorial you can learn the basics of Unity 2D. This includes character reskinning and animation. You can also learn how to implement background and platforms. You’ll finish off by creating scene transitions and allowing your character to restart when they encounter spikes or fall off of a platform.

If you are enjoying these tutorials then feel free to subscribe to my Youtube Channel. The more I know what you all like the easier it is for me to justify creating content, drop me a message on my contact me page and let me know if there is anything you want to see. I need to hear from everyone and anyone, it helps a lot!

Artwork blog


Abura Akago

I wanted to write about this piece as I felt it’s one of my more original ideas when looking at mythology creatures. This creature is from Japanese folklore and it’s referred too as the Abura-Akago. How the legend goes: In Japanese folklore a greedy merchant was caught stealing oil from villagers lamps. He would make …

Commissions


Hire me as your personal freelance illustrator or hire me as a mentor and learn how to use fundamental skills such as Photoshop, ZBrush and 3DSMax . As a freelance illustrator I aim to assist my clients by working to set briefs, helping them realise their own ideas in a 2D graphical format that can be taken and shown to help communicate their own ideas, something for themselves or even a gift for others.

Why hire me as your freelance illustrator:

Anyone looking to hire me as a freelance illustrator should know that I am extremely committed to designing high quality illustrations within a reasonable timeframe which can be set by you the client.

I enjoy working on and teaching fantasy artwork but my skills in Photoshop make me eligible to create different styles of design. This includes poster art, logo’s, web banners and more. As I currently work in teaching I am well equipped to develop key assets as a result I have a great understanding of how the industry works and how best to support your needs throughout the project.

Commissions are available for a reasonable price for anyone who has a vision and wants it realised.  My passion for designing, drawing and painting others ideas clear throughout my work. I will your ideas interesting and different. I gather much of my inspiration from real life so you can be sure that what I draw is believable and realistic giving your designs a unique and different feel.

Contact me for a hardworking freelance illustrator/mentor if you would like some work completed for a project or you just really would like to learn. I now work through gamedevmentors.com so let me know what projects you would like and I will be able to help you out. #freelance illustrator

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