“Get me my coffee!” said no one.
Here at ZenFri it’s part of our core philosophy to give back to the community in which we live. We believe that providing internships, mentorships, and other collaborative opportunities is not only socially responsible, but a lot of fun. We’re currently developing video games, and video games require a ton of art to see into fruition — so we got some help!
Meet AJ and Brett, two students from Red River College’s Digital Media Design program. They’re interning along side the ZenFri team to gain valuable hands-on work experience in their field as they develop images for one of our upcoming projects.
For the past two weeks I’ve come into the office at 9AM to find them both diligently sketching away, headphones in, and eyes glued to their screens. When I finish my work day and head out the door, I say “goodbye,” knowing they will be there when I return. At this point I’m not sure if they are homeless, or just some of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. Regardless both Corey and Danielle seem impressed by their dedication and diligent work ethic.
Both have been creating several images a day, learning the ins and outs, ups and downs of working with a team and a publisher. They work hard to complete each and every task to the best of their abilities, sometimes having to make multiple revisions, but it’s all in the average day of a game artist.
“Sometimes you can sketch out a concept and have it hit perfectly from the get-go. But more often, especially when you’re working with a larger team, that process is a bit slower.” says Danielle King about AJ and Brett’s work, “they’re doing a great job in listening to what we need in a piece and working within their own artistic styles to create some amazing stuff. When they get out into the workforce and their client asks for some changes, it’s a great learning experience to already be aware of how to revise work and how often it will happen to no fault of theirs”
Brett has primarily been focusing on character design, wireframes and 2D artwork, while AJ has found herself creating images for Clandestine: Anomaly as well as 3D models for our currently unannounced upcoming project. I’ve seen a little of their work so far, and colour me impressed!
We hope their time at ZenFri is rewarding and has provided them with a sense of what life is like after classes, exams, and grades. They’ve been both fun and professional while bringing refreshing perspectives to everything they’ve worked on. We’ve enjoyed having them on the team and look forward to their bright futures of exploring their creativity.