At My Desk by Simon Takerkart, Concept Artist

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?

My main job right now is to create and draw characters which is by far my favourite thing to do! 

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY?

On and off for 6 years. 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY OF A CONCEPT ARTIST AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?

I start the day by a quick warm up, sketching reference pictures.

Drawing right away in the morning doesn't come out well usually. After our daily team meeting, I am pretty much on my own for the full day.

Depending on the priorities, I can set my tasks the way I want. The best days are when I have a list of characters that I need to create. There is kind of a rush feeling because I never know what to come up with in the beginning.

Eventually, the right idea will appear, and everything will flow just right. I am very thankful for my job, I love it! 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 9? 

Around that time, I used to watch Macross Plus anime nonstop, this made me want to be a jet fighter pilot! 

WHAT TOP 3 SKILLS DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD AT YOUR JOB? 

  • Creativity: My job requires an active imagination. Connecting things that do not necessarily relate to each other. 
  • Efficiency / Intuitiveness: I have to know when to drop the pen and jump on to the next task and I need to juggle a lot with technical constraints so I must know what will work. 
  • 3D space understanding: I need to know how to draw characters from different angles, so I can provide a good understanding of the design to the 3D modeler. 

WHAT IS PEOPLE’S BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR ROLE? 

That my job requires to be drawing all day.

Yes, I have to draw, but I also spend quite some time thinking and researching reference pictures. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING ON YOUR DESK YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY? 

A sketch book and a pen.

The best ideas come on paper. These ideas are also the worst looking drawings ever, it’s all about that raw expression XD 

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING BEFORE TURNING ON YOUR COMPUTER? 

I enjoy my breakfast scrolling Reddit, Instagram, Tumblr and Hypebeast. All great sources of inspirations! 

HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR COFFEE MAKING SKILLS? 

In my previous job, the office had a commercial espresso machine. I learned how to make that creamy foam milk, but I didn't unlock the Latte Art skills. Sad. 

SWEATPANTS WHILE WORKING REMOTE. YAY OR NAY? 

Absolutely Nay for me. I need to have a full outfit with shoes on to be productive, or else I'll be daydreaming and spend the night worrying about not completing my tasks! 

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