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Television: Adam Sawatsky’s Arts & Lifestyle.” News at 5, CTV News, October 18, 2013.
Amy Smart. “Creative process shines, digitally and otherwise.” Editorial. Times Colonist, Victoria, BC. 17 Oct. 2013: C6.
Read Original Print Article: Times Colonist, Oct 17, 2013, Pg C6
Featuring works by:
Carollyne Yardley, co-owner, former Art Director, Star Global Advanced IT Corp.
Jose Brand, Lead Concept Artist, KANO/APPS.
Jose Brand was born and raised in the northern Canadian city of Terrace,
BC. As a kid he spent most of his time outdoors biking and snowboarding on
the nearby mountains. Aside from this he has always made time for art, and
has been drawing for as long as he can remember. Jose feels fortunate to
have grown up with a very creative family that has always been supportive
of his creativity.
Diving into digital art has changed Jose’s life. After starting to use
Photoshop about 13 years ago, he was hooked. Jose now lives in beautiful
Victoria, BC where he works as Lead Concept Artist for the social gaming
company Kano Apps. He spends most of his days drawing zombies, pirates,
and Vikings. Even though he draws at work full time, his passion for art
and wanting to create drives him to spend even more time drawing and
Each painting Jose creates is part of a world he envisions, where the
painting is a single moment in the life and story of each character.
Paul Dowd, former Art Director, Farmville, Zynga. http://pauldowd.ca/
Born in Toronto, Paul Dowd moved out to Victoria B.C. at age 12. After spending his youth absorbed in both fine art and music, Paul studied for a year at the Victoria College of Art then took off for a music tour around Europe with ‘The Bill Hilly Band’. Paul spent several years playing music with a number of groups in town and then decided to apply his art skills in a digital medium, as well as actually make a living off art.
He started doing web design (or today called User Interface design) and shortly after had the opportunity to do concept art for a space RTS game called Sins Of a Solar Empire by Iron Clad Games. He then got a gig with a start-up called Zynga. He was the primary artist in the beginning doing all the branding (including designing the Zynga Logo), art, animation UI/UX design for all of there titles. As they company grew, he began working on single titles, first spending a year on Zynga Poker, then moving to a new game that was in development called FarmVille. He and two other artists produced the game which Paul thought was kind of silly, but once the masses got a taste it grew to 33 million players a day (at that time the largest game in history). Despite the fact he was remote, he quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the Art Directors on a team of 20+ artists. Paul spent 4 years with the team and produced several expansions. This was a very fun and busy time, but proved to be a great growing experience: a place where one truly surrenders their ego as work is critiqued dozens of times a day.
Paul very much enjoys hands on painting which sat on the back burner during this 10 year stint into the digital realm. After a long hiatus he’s picked up the brush to create fun nerdy creations as well as continue some fine art expressions. There’s nothing like processing your emotions on canvas, it’s quite an amazing experience.
UPDATE: Just dropped off artwork to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria today. Here’s a sneak peek of a couple of pieces!