Syn Studio’s Meet the Artist – Rajdeep Choudhury
Syn Studio’s Meet the Artist is our ongoing series of interviews with artists from various backgrounds that
give you a glimpse into the career’s of these artists. Read on to become inspired by their experiences and advice!
Where are you currently working at?
Concept Artist at EA Motive currently working on Ironman.
Could you detail your professional career?
Worked previously in Ubisoft Montreal on Rainbow Six: Extraction.
What would you say is the most distinctive trait of your art?
Shapes and Storytelling.
Tell us about the moment when you knew that you wanted to be a professional artist?
I was 23 and completely oblivious to concept art before that. It was during my Masters in English Literature when by complete accident I happened to take up a course in Book Publishing and Design. We had to design book covers for fictional books that we were pitching in class. I found out about digital art from Youtube and subsequently concept art. The very fact that one can make a living by doing this blew my mind!
If you weren’t making art, what else would you see yourself doing?
Probably be in academia. Or a professional to-do list maker.
Do you have any personal projects that you’re working on now?
Yes, but on most days the personal projects don’t seem too keen on working with me.
Can you tell us about an artist that you think everybody should know ?
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or living), who would that be and why?
That list is extensive but today I will pick Neil Gaiman. There’s an effortless quality to his writing which I feel transcends a specific type of art form, it’s almost visual but not at the same time. Very vivid.
What is the best memory you have from your time at Syn Studio?
The quiet afternoons I spent at Syn with my friends, who were always there for the whole day, like me, working on our graduation portfolios. We gave each other feedback, shared meals and laughter. We did that for 7 days a week, almost every week for 6 months. Still my favorite time in all of my 7 years in Montreal.
What was the most valuable lesson you’ve received at Syn Studio ?
Everyone comes to level-up in their art skills however the very best leave with excellent soft-skills as well.
What is the best piece of advice you were ever given in your career?
Always have a reference image for everything you’re doing. And don’t be attached to a specific image that you’re making, if you’re getting paid to make it, it probably wasn’t yours to begin with.