About Me
My name is Tanya (short form of Tetiana) and I’m a UK based professional freelance game artist and illustrator with 10+ years of experience.
Originally I'm from Ukraine, but I moved to the UK in 2018.
I graduated from Donetsk Art School (Ukraine) in 2009 specializing in “visual, decorative and applied arts”. I couldn’t get any art related job after my graduation, so I got a job in a pirate Ukrainian shop selling, well, pirate games mostly. I was put in charge of the packaging, due to my bad selling skills. I worked there for about 1.5 years and I actually learnt about many different games as we had to install and play most of the games to check for viruses and whether they were working or not. I also learnt that I need to improve my art skills to be able to quit that job.
In January 2011 I was hired by Russian game studio Game Insight. They had one of their studios (Yoxi studio) in my home town and they were interested in hiring junior artists. I worked there until March 2013 and I developed and improved my skills as a 2D game artist during that time.
After this, in 2013, I was lucky enough to be hired by Revolution Software on a freelance basis. I quit my other job and became a full time freelancer. I worked on the game called Broken Sword 5 as a UI and background artist. When this project was finished I joined a few freelance websites (including upwork.com) and continued to improve my art skills by working on a huge number and range of different projects.
Another big project I got involved in was OFDP 2 by Silver Dollar Games. I created a number of UI elements for this game including all the game maps and several backgrounds.
At the moment I keep working as a 2D and 3D game artist on a freelance basis. I’m 100% freelance, so I take all my contracts very seriously.  
I also enjoy taking photos and draw sketches and cat illustrations for my Etsy shop, but it’s more of a hobby for me.  


If there is anything you want to ask me or discuss - just send an email to tanya.riarey@gmail.com and I’ll answer to you ASAP :)
What can I do?
2D Game artist and Illustrator skills:
• Realistic and cartoon illustrations for books, magazines, web etc.
• In-game 2D assets, following the art style and technical constraints
(UI elements, backgrounds, characters, props, promo art etc.)
• Concept art (interior, exterior, single objects, sketches for 3D modelling etc.)
Software:
Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, Clip Studio.

3D Environment and prop artist skills:
• High-poly and low-poly modelling
• ZBrush sculpting
•UV unwraping
• Retopology
•Texture baking
•PBR and hand painted texturing
Software:
Maya, Zbrush, Substance Painter,
RizomUV, Marmoset Toolbar, 3DCoat, Unity (basic knowledge)

(I also own my own commercial licences for all the listed software)

Software and skills that I'm learning:
Animation in Maya
• Substance Designer

Summary:
Published titles:

Broken Sword 5 | Revolution Software
My role: Icon and background artist (full time freelancer)
Duties: developing game art for the game called Broken Sword 5, mostly icons and game backgrounds (painting).

One Finger Death Punch 2 | Silver Dollar Games
My role: UI and background artist (freelance)
Duties: Creating in-game 2D assets, such as UI elements, background, game maps etc.
Education:
Donetsk Art School (Ukraine)
2005-2009
Diploma in “Visual, decorative and applied arts”

Employment History:
Game Insight (Yoxi studio) | Donetsk, Ukraine
January 2011 - March 2013
2D Game Artist (full time contract)
Self employed, freelancer 2013 - …
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