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EPISODE 35

Stu Bayley // REALTIME

THE LIFE OF AN ART DIRECTOR

DISCUSSED DURING THE SHOW:

  • How Stu Bayley started his career as a Fashion Illustrator, drawing figures for the purpose of marketing and over time worked his way into Art Directing.
  • How establishing friendships with colleagues, who are now some of the top guys in the industry, can really shape a career and direct a path. Notably, Stu has worked with John McCoy, one of the best Concept Artists out there, working on all the Star Wars films, and Steven Mullaney, who went to NBC to work as a Texture Artist getting to the top of the game there, he now works as a Character Artist.
  • The transition from Character Concept Designer and into Art Direction was certainly not an easy one for Stu, with lots of new challenges along the way.
  • Stu now works for REALTIME, Art directing for companies like, Aston Martin, Volkswagen and McLaren manging a vast team, helping to produce super high-end marketing imagery for a variety of purposes, including TV. Stu recently worked on the Game of Thrones Trailer.
  • Much of the Art director's role is pitching ideas to both clients and team, making sure that the clients wants and needs are translated and carefully developed.
  • How the industry is quickly and significantly changing with the new design programmes coming out.
  • Those looking to work in these industries need to have a fairly broad skillset - effects work, modelling, a bit of shade work and maybe someone who has done their own personal projects.
Art Heroes Podcast ep.35:
Stu Bayley // REALTIME
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Who is it
STU BAYLEY – DIRECTOR/ART DIRECTOR, REALTIMEUK
Stu is responsible for all visual aspects of REALTIME'S games, TV and film outputs; Stu Bailey has employed his artistic eye for the studio for seven diligent years and has a lot to show for his time as REALTIME Director/ART DIRECTOR. His love of storytelling through visual mediums attracted him to the industry; where he started off as a concept designer and matte painter some twelve years ago.

Why should you listen
Listen to hear how a career can change in over a decade, from Fashion illustration, into Character Concept Design and on to Art Directing for world renowned names such as Game of Thrones and McLaren. Stu talks to us about the people he's met and the challenges he's faced along the way. He shares advice for junior VFX lovers looking to turn their passion into a career.
About Stu Bayley
Stu is responsible for all visual aspects of REALTIME'S games, TV and film outputs;

Stu Bailey has employed his artistic eye for the studio for seven diligent years and has a lot to show for his time as REALTIME Director/ART DIRECTOR.

His love of storytelling through visual mediums attracted him to the industry; where he started off as a concept designer and matte painter some twelve years ago. Now as Director, Stu works alongside global clients to realise their vision; generating bespoke content for productions and marketing. Major projects that he has led include; a character focused cinematic for SMITE and Hi-Rez studios, a cinematic for the new Rare games title Everwild and the studios record breaking Game of Thrones cinematic.

Stu is proud to drive his passionate, world class, North West based team, which supports REALTIME'S efforts to create unique and creative solutions for their clients' needs.
"You know, it's been a real journey and a real natural progression to get to where I am now."
"The biggest learning for me was that every single person learns in a different way and everything every single person has got a different personality. And every single person has to have feedback delivered in a slightly different way as well, because, you know, people's brains work differently."
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