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Romeo Varga

Multi Award Winning Artist with 15+ years Experience Creating Art for Global Brands & High Profile Campaigns. Now in games in Art Leaderships roles with 1 shipped title on Steam and another coming out this summer!
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About Freelancer

Australian based in Europe working in the EST, PST and CET time zones.

Throughout my 15+ years of industry experience, I have consistently demonstrated my ability to independently manage multiple intense and highly fast paced projects, deliver high-quality work well ahead of deadlines, and create in any art style imaginable (all the while working remotely).

Before transitioning into the gaming industry, I had a long and prosperous  career in the advertising sector creating art in the form of illustrations, concept design, storyboards and animations for global brands including Microsoft, Lexus, Audi, Samsung, L’Oréal, Westfield, and Airbnb to name just a few. Since making the transition into games, I have already worked on 8 games including one shipped title on Steam (with another title coming out this summer). 

My accomplished fine art background as an award winning portrait painter and figurative artist across 3 continents also positions me as a world-class creative. Over the last 8 months alone I have received 9 awards for my artistic excellence in North America as well as several notable recognitions in Europe including a Certificate of Artistic Achievement in the prestigious annual Luxembourg Art Prize. I have also won awards in New York for my fine art and figurative portrait paintings. These accolades affirm my commitment to excellence and my ability to produce work that resonates on a global scale.

In my current Art Leadership roles as Principal 2D Lead Artist at Digital Hazard Studio and Principal 2D Lead, (Fine Artist & Art Director) at Nocturne Manor game, I manage absolutely all aspects of 2D art production on my own. This includes everything from initial concept sketches to fully rendered illustrations for marketing. I work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure that all aspects of the projects align with the overall creative vision and deliver consistently exceptional work ahead of deadline.

Some of my notable art projects include creating the concept art for Australia’s multi billion dollar Barangaroo Development project in Sydney City, creating the concept visual for Diablo IV’s global game release launch event in LA, illustrating the front cover art of Australia and New Zealand’s leading car magazine Wheels, and designing all heroes, enemies, environments and props for several unreleased video games.

I am also an incredibly fast learner and whatever I don’t know yet, I’ll master quickly. For example, at the beginning of this year and with zero programming experience, I began learning Unreal Engine 5 and now I am nearly finished with a playable game demo of a third person shooter I developed entirely solo.

To gain an insight into how I work and how clients, companies and colleagues have found working with me, please visit my LinkedIn (link below) to read my 10 work recommendations.

PORTFOLIO:
http://rvdesigns.com.au/art-styles
http://rvdesigns.com.au/game-art

LINKEDIN:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/romeo-varga-7285312a

Work & Experience

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February - Current Lead/Principal 2D Artist
Digital Hazard Studio (USA, Remote)

•Responsible for the 2D art production pipeline of the studio •Creating all 2D art ranging from exploratory rough concept sketches all the way to fully rendered designs and high quality illustrations for advertising and promotion. •Working closely with the Chief Creative Officer, founders and 3D Lead on the design of characters and environments •Creating thoroughly researched work and quick iterative sketches that inspire dialogue including new possible themes, ideas and direction •Developing a new and unique art style specifically for the game •Supporting the CCO in developing the visual look and feel of the game in accordance with the overall project vision •Providing unique perspectives from a 15+ year career in art and illustration to help the team and studio grow and reach goals

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2013 - 2024 Senior Storyboard & Concept Artist
The Jacky Winter Group (AU, Remote)

•Created storyboards for all the major car companies Audi, Lexus, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Holden, Chrysler, Skoda, Mitsubishi and Ford; along with innumerate global brands such as Samsung, Virgin, Kraft, Vodka Absolut, Heinz, Fox Sports, Weight Watchers, Dulux, RedRock Deli and Asahi. •Created storyboards for innumerate government campaigns for the Australian government including The Australian Defense Force, The Australian Navy, and multiple national domestic violence awareness campaigns. •Created animation videos for Qantas, L’Oréal, QBE and Johnson & Johnson •Performed live drawing at conferences for Microsoft, Airbnb, PwC, Accenture, Deloitte, Bendelta and NewsCorp •Created advertising illustrations for The Australian Government, Skoda, Woolworths, NRMA Insurance and Energy Australia

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2009 - Current Freelance Illustrator, Concept Artist & Storyboarder
Romeo Varga Designs (AU & EU Remote)

•Commissioned by Microsoft to promote their new Surface Pro 4 on Facebook Live in front of tens of thousands worldwide •Commissioned by Saatchi and Saatchi to create storyboards for multiple Toyota car TV commercials •Commissioned by PwC to create explainer illustrations, live drawing for conferences and pre-conference information visuals •Commissioned by QBE to create a series of animations for their global HR campaign •Commissioned by Kayo Sports to illustrate storyboards for their national TVC campaign ‘All Under One Roof’ •Commissioned by Australian Government to create storyboards for a national domestic violence awareness campaign •Commissioned by Wheels (Australia’s leading car magazine) to illustrate the Front Cover of their November Issue entitled ‘The Design Issue’ •Commissioned by New South Wales Government Transport to create illustrations for a safe driving awareness campaign •Commissioned by The Australian Defence Force to create storyboards for their national recruitment campaign •Commissioned by Johnson & Johnson to create a series of educational animations to be displayed at an interactive exhibition stand in Sydney •Commissioned by Lexus to create concept visuals for their upcoming sports model •Commissioned by Airbnb to visually document their executive brainstorming sessions during a managerial meeting in Sydney •Commissioned by Qantas to create an animation promoting their frequent flier points campaign •Commissioned to create a concept visual of the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo Development in Sydney City, to help investors envisage the structure before building approval •Commissioned by Virgin Australia to create storyboards for a commercial showcasing the perks of flying the airline First Class •Commissioned by Skoda Australia to create a large series of illustrations to visually emphasise the features of the Octavia 90TSI through bold black and white visuals, some of which were then featured in a national TV commercial

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February 2023 - Current Freelance Illustrator
Three Blind Mice (UK, Remote)

•Delivering highly detailed and full colour illustrations for event promotion and advertising campaigns within 24-72 hour deadlines. •Replicating the styles of staff artists when substituting or joining existing illustration projects •Illustrating in a diverse range of styles to meet the vision and art direction of each project •Clients include Westfield London, Secret Cinema, Sainsbury’s, Carlsberg and Connells Group SELECTED PROJECTS: •Created pre-event illustration for Sainsbury’s promotional pop-up event at Kings Cross station which was featured in multiple UK news outlets including Britain’s famous Evening Standard newspaper, Yahoo News and MSN •Created concept illustrations for the Los Angeles invite-only launch event of Diablo IV’s global video game release in collaboration with Secret Cinema •Created concept illustration for Westfield London for Europe’s Barbie film premiere launch event •Created concept visuals for Westfield London for various onsite events

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January 2024 - Current Principal Artist
Nocturne Manor (P1 Virtual Civilization Initiative)

ART PRODUCTION: •Solely responsible for the 2D art production as the only 2D artist on the game development team •Responsible for the conceptualisation and visual development of each level’s environment by producing concept art (including technical drawings and instructional art)that enables the 3D artists and level artist to execute on design •Creating all in-engine 2D art including all fine art paintings and portraits, as well as splash and start screen art •Creating polished 2D marketing assets including game Cover Art and promo thumbnails •Level design in Unreal Engine 5 in collaboration with the Level Artist •Responsible for making the concept art for each new level by creating highly detailed concept paintings to enable the entire cross-functional team to visualise the project ART LEADERSHIP: •Leading the art team to create high quality visuals in accordance with the vision of the project •Leading the art process and being responsible for the art production pipeline •Assigning tasks for team members in alignment with their skills and professional goals •Recruiting new team members and interviewing potential candidates •Onboarding new recruits and helping them navigate the organisation CROSS DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION: •Working in cross discipline teams and collaborating directly with Game Designers, Levels Designer, Level artist, narrative, sound designers and programmers •Liasing with Project Manager and Lead Programmer to identify any issues within the production pipeline ahead of time

Awards

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2024 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD in the ‘14th Annual Figurative Art Competition’, for the digital fine art painting ‘The Forgotten Women of the Nikšić Ruins’, Light Space Time Gallery, New Mexico, USA (2024) —The art competition received a total of 568 submissions from 20 different countries around the world, as well as from 27 different U.S. states and the District of Columbia; and I placed in the top 20 of the Photography and Digital Art Category.
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2023 GOLD AWARD
GOLD AWARD in the ‘Black and White XI International Juried Visual Arts Competition’, for the digital matte painting ‘Post Apocalypse Sydney’’, Camelback Gallery, Arizona, USA (2023) —To win the Gold Award in this competition, Romeo competed against finalists from four continents including artists from the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bulgaria and the Dominican Republic.
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2023 CERTIFICATE OF ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT in the ‘Luxembourg Art Prize 2023’,
CERTIFICATE OF ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT in the ‘Luxembourg Art Prize 2023’, for the non finito digital portrait series ‘Relinquish’, The Pinacothèque Museum, Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG (2023) —The museum received a total of 487 artist submissions from across the world. The certificate states: “only the most deserving artists received this certificate”.
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2023 SPECIAL RECOGNITION ART AWARD New York
SPECIAL RECOGNITION ART AWARD in the ‘The Healing Power of Art: Love, Peace, Unity and Hope’ Juried Art Exhibition Competition, for the digital portrait painting ‘The Guardian’, Manhattan Arts International, New York, USA (2023)
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2023 FINALIST AWARD
FINALIST AWARD in the ‘9th Annual Figures and Faces’ Juried International Art Competition Exhibition, for the digital portrait paintings ‘Ivan Varga’ and ‘Fiji Wisdom’ , Fusion Art, New Mexico, USA (2023)—The competition received submissions from artists across four continents and 14 countries including Canada, UK, Germany, Italy and China
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2023 HONORABLE MENTION AWARD
HONORABLE MENTION AWARD in the ‘13th Annual Open Art Competition’, for the digital matte painting ‘She Listens to the Moon’, Light Space and Time Gallery, Santa Fe, USA (2023) —The competition received 683 submissions from artists from 23 countries (and 32 American states).
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2023 SPECIAL RECOGNITION ART AWARD New York
SPECIAL RECOGNITION ART AWARD in the ‘The Healing Power of Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire’ Juried Art Exhibition Competition, for the digital painting Nymphs at Snake Lake (Montenegro), Manhattan Arts International, New York, USA (2023)
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2024 BEST GAME DEMO
BEST GAME DEMO in the ‘Biannual 10 Day Game Jam’, for the musical adventure game ‘Nocturne Manor’, P1 Virtual Civilization Initiative, CANADA (2024) —To win the Award in this competition, our team competed against other P1 teams to create a workable game demo in just 10 days. We received the highest points in the following categories: Emotional masterpiece, most innovative, best soundtrack, best sound design, most fitting for the community and highest impact if completed.

Skills

Illustrator
Concept Artist (Characters, Creatures Weapons, Environments)
Fine Artist (Portraits and Landscapes)
Game Artist (Cover Art & Splash Screens)

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