Robert Thornely
Robert Thornely
Principal Character Artist at Firesprite
London, United Kingdom

Summary

I have been making art for video games since 1999. I specialize in Character Art, modelling and concepting characters.

I am Principal Character Artist at Firesprite Games, one of the best independent games developers in the world.

For over 11 years I was Principal Character Artist for Sony Playstation, London Studio where I enjoyed working on a number of award winning and ground breaking titles as well as helping originate new IP. I worked on VRWorlds, the biggest selling VR title of all time and Blood and Truth, the only VR title to make number 1 in the video games chart, both from conception to completion.

Prior to that I worked at Firefly Studios for nearly ten years and for Impressions/Vivendi.

I started in animation and animated characters in my first 6 or 7 games, as well as rigging, skinning and so on. I have also designed Ui, managed outsource partners, mentored other artists, lead multiple teams, created VFX and done a lot of cinematic, storyboarding and concept work. I gradually specialized in character concepting and modelling, from sculpt to game. I kept up my interest in education by doing talks and demonstrations in schools and universities and running Life drawing classes for fellow Sony artists.

Over more than twenty years I have made medieval castle sim games (Stronghold series), football management games, handheld games, PC games, PS3, PS4, AR Virtual pets, VR gangsters, aliens, monsters, sharks, and all manner of other fun stuff. If I had my time again I'd do it all again, only more so. I love games, creatures, comics, horror, sci-fi and all that great stuff!

Skills

Concept ArtIllustrationCharacter ModelingHard Surface ModelingGame DevelopmentSculptingCharacter DesignZBrush3D ScanningTeachingSketchingPBR Texturingmodelling

Software proficiency

ZBrush
ZBrush
Maya
Maya
3ds Max
3ds Max
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
3DCoat
3DCoat
Substance Designer
Substance Designer
Photoshop
Photoshop
After Effects
After Effects
SketchBook Pro
SketchBook Pro
InDesign
InDesign
Premiere
Premiere
Procreate
Procreate
R3DS Wrap
R3DS Wrap
artec studio
artec studio

Productions

  • Bloodntruth
    • Video Game
      Blood and Truth
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Principal Character Artist
    • Company
      Sony
  • Vr worlds psvr cover 1
    • Video Game
      VRWorlds
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Sony Interactive Entertainmnet
  • Wonderbookbookofpotions
    • Video Game
      Wonderbook: Book of Potions
    • Year
      2013
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Sony
  • Wonderbook book of spells
    • Video Game
      Wonderbook: Book of Spells
    • Year
      2012
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Sony London
  • 1
    • Video Game
      Eyepet Adventures
    • Year
      2012
    • Role
      Lead Artist
    • Company
      Sony
  • Eyepet
    • Video Game
      EyePet
    • Year
      2010
    • Role
      Senior Character Artist
    • Company
      Sony
  • Stronghold legends coverart
    • Video Game
      Stronghold Legends
    • Year
      2006
    • Role
      Lead Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • Space colony
    • Video Game
      Space Colony
    • Year
      2004
    • Role
      Senior Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • Stronghold 2 coverart
    • Video Game
      Stronghold 2
    • Year
      2003
    • Role
      Senior Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • Civcityrome boxart
    • Video Game
      CivCity Rome
    • Year
      2002
    • Role
      Senior Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • Crusadercover
    • Video Game
      Crusader
    • Year
      2001
    • Role
      Lead Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • Stronghold %282001%29 coverart
    • Video Game
      Stronghold
    • Year
      2000
    • Role
      Senior Artist
    • Company
      Firefly Studios
  • 971256443 00
    • Video Game
      Ultimate Soccer Manager 2000
    • Year
      2000
    • Role
      Artist
    • Company
      Impressions

Experience

  • Principal Character Artist at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
    London, United Kingdom
    March 2009 - Present

    I design and model characters for next gen games

  • Senior Character Artist at Firefly Studios
    London, United Kingdom
    January 1999 - January 2009

    Modelled, animated, concept art, singing, dancing.

  • Artist at Impressions UK
    London
    January 1998 - January 1999

    Animation and modelling