Laury Guintrand

Laury Guintrand

Concept Artist / Asset Builder

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Who is Laury Guintrand?

“My name is Laury Guintrand (under the pseudonym @noctem_lg on the internet) I started in this industry as a 3D Generalist a bit more than 7 years ago. I worked in the movie and advertising industry for clients like Nike, Gucci, Disney, Marvel and more. Also, I always wanted to be a concept artist, but I have never been insanely good at drawing, so I spent almost all of my free time learning how to be as fast as possible to be able to become what is now my actual job: 3d concept artist”

“Throughout your life, what kind of support did you have from the people around you when it comes to your artistic developments?”

“I came from a “non friendly” artistic family and I think for a lot of parents, discovering that your kid wants to be in the art industry (especially 3D back in the days) can be a bit scary. A lot of questions like “Are you going to get a job?” or “Are you sure it’s going to bring you anywhere?” are constantly in the parent’s head.

It’s been a bit of a fight for me, because I knew really early on what I wanted to do and the day I finally had the courage to tell them was a bit of a complicated one. In the end they trusted me and always supported me during my studies and professional life so I am super grateful for it!”

“What aspect of your art do you want people to remember you for?”

“The details I put into them. I love putting a lot of stuff into my scenes and concepts and I think it comes from the fact that usually in a company you are supposed to spend your time to find a way to optimize as much as you can. So for me trying to push the computer every time a little bit more on each project is a bit of a game.”

“Is there something you wish you had done differently leading up to where you are now?”

“I wish I would have taken some proper drawing lessons when I was young. I always have been mediocre (to not say really bad) at it. Even though I never had any problem in 3D, but 2D has always been a nightmare for me (maybe because I have the need to turn around the object to understand how to build it).

Even if by now I managed to bypass this problem it’s something I definitely would have loved to learn how to properly do when I was younger.”

“If you could have a video of any event in your life, which one would you choose?”

“Probably the last nights before finishing my graduation project. I would love to be able to see those long nights of work at the school ,sleeping on the ground because it was rush time… It’s funny how a moment that was horrible back in the day can become a good memory over time.”

“What chapter in your life, did you enjoy most?”

“When I arrived in London for my first job. It was the beginning of it all, I was full of stars in the eyes and ready to go full on (I still am, but the feeling changes over the years).”

“What does the process of coming up with new ideas look like for you?”

“Honestly… In my case it really depends of the context: If it’s for a professional project, there is alway a base idea which is driving you, so it’s just a matter of finding a way to make the client’s idea come to life.

For my personal project it’s complete chaos: I can woke up one day with a specific idea, start it on Zbrush and on the process the idea evolve so much that it doesn’t look like anything that it was supposed to be in the beginning (it happens 90% of the time..)

Or I will open Zbrush with no idea at all, grab a sphere and go crazy with it. In that way a lot of “happy accidents” are always happening and I am a big fan of this process.”

“What kind of advice would you give someone who struggles to come up with ideas?”

“We are not “creative machines”, you need to have inspiration in order to be able to come out with an idea. Inspiration can come from literally anything: a movie, a book, a picture you saw on Pinterest, a museum, a part of a wall which has 3 holes and looks like a face on it…

But the best advice to give, I think is “don’t force it”. Sometimes if nothing is coming up it’s better to stop, go out, get a coffee and have a break because the more you are going to force it, the less you are going to be productive and the more frustrated you are going to be.”

“Before you start a project, what feelings or thoughts are going through your head?”

“I always have two who are not going together at all: excitment and fear. Excitment, because it’s something new to do so everything is possible and fear because on each project (literally every single one of them) I have the “I am not going to be able to do it” syndrome. The best way to fight the last one is to start the project before it catches you ^^'”

“Do you have any advice on breaking out of your artistic comfort zone?”

“Try something new or completely different from what you are used too (it sounds like the stupid number one answer I know, but I think we are all automatically and unconsciously going alway in the same direction because we know what to do and how to do it) So if you are an environment artist: go and do characters, If you are doing hard surface: try some crazy organic stuff.

Even if the outcome is not what you planned it to be, you always learn a crazy lot from it, and learning is the magic key. Keep in mind that even the biggest artist on this planet started drawing stick man… We always see the end product and never the days/month/years of hard work behind it.”

“If you could give your younger self any art advice, what would it be?”

“Alway be curious, don’t be afraid to experiment with new things, never let anyone tell you something is impossible and don’t drink so much coffee ^^.”

“Looking back at your career, which project did you enjoy working on the most?”

Laury Guintrand Noctem_lg town concept art illustration
“The last personal project a did “A Little Town”. I started it a bit more than 3 years ago, put in in the side and completely forgot about it. I found it again a few month ago and I decided to finally finish it.
The reason why it was is favourite one is because I had the feeling it was a conversation with my younger self (if it makes any kind of sense…) It was almost like a time machine for me: so much time passed between the beginning and the end of this project, the way I work is completely different, the way I think too. It was very interesting to see this project evolve and finally coming to life 🙂 .”

Laury Guintrand

Remembering an artist’s name shows that you care. It’s not all about the artwork, but also who created it! If you could ask Laury Guintrand any question, which one would it be? Post it in the comments down below!