M. A. Wiegand

  • Concept Artist
  • Pittsburgh, PA

Matthew Wiegand is a freelance concept artist specializing in entertainment design for film, video game, web media and indie projects.

Matthew was raised on a steady diet of 80s horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. He began drawing at a young age, studying comics, nature and "The Making of..." movie books, using their aesthetic as inspiration for his own designs.

Throughout his early years, he explored fine art, filmmaking and special makeup effects. After living and working in NYC and Hawai'i, he landed in San Francisco where he began pursuing the exciting realm of digital illustration and 3D modeling for film and video games.

As a modern concept artist, Matthew utilizes digital sculpting and 3D modeling techniques to create assets and arrange compositions. In post-process, he uses imaging software to achieve a more artistic look with digital paint-overs and special effects. More importantly, he always bases his designs on real world reference creating believable solutions to whatever assets a client may need. Matthew strongly believes that impeccable research and development is paramount to an impeccable design.

Skills

Conceptual DesignDigital ImagingMaquette Sculpture3D ModelingPhotoshopZbrushModoKeyshotDigital Sculpting

Experience

Art Lead & Director at Thesan Productions

01/2016 – 05/2016 San Francisco, CA

-Led team of 5 concept artists for group project
-Allocated responsibilities and tracked time management
-Drafted ideations of asset and modeled in 3D software
-Presented dailies to instructor

Lead Concept Artist at Mirage Mage Productions

01/2015 San Francisco, CA

-Created characters, creatures, environments, vehicles and props for thesis sci-fi project, “Revolution Zero”
-Assembled process breakdowns of visual assets
-Drafted production schedules to meet deadlines
-Learned additional software on-the-fly to execute designs

Education

MFA Visual Development for Film & Game at Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

BA Fine Art at Ithaca College

Ithaca, NY