Leonardo Cala­mati

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From the banks of the River Arno to the quay­side on the Tyne, Leonardo’s art has taken him from stud­ies in Florence, Italy, to a busy ca­reer in New­cas­tle, Eng­land.

He was in Italy when his first comic book il­lus­tra­tions were pub­lished. It was then that Leonardo re­alised he was more in­ter­ested in “the cre­ative part of art in­stead of the act of draw­ing it­self”. So he moved into the fields of con­cept art and de­sign.

This led him to Eng­land, first in Lon­don work­ing for a num­ber of video game stu­dios, and later to the north­east with Ty­ne­side stu­dio Atomhawk, where Leonardo re­mains as a free­lancer.

1 Safe Area “Al­most ev­ery con­cept artist has a zom­bie phase, and I wanted mine to be as cin­e­mato­graphic and real­is­tic as pos­si­ble. The safe area isn’t that safe…”

2 Plan­ning Room “I de­cided to chal­lenge my­self on how an en­vi­ron­ment such as a sim­ple room can tell a story with­out a vis­i­ble char­ac­ter.”

3 Oh, hi there! “Like most of my per­sonal works, this one started with sim­ple shapes and a fo­cus on com­po­si­tion. It was only then that I re­alised I could cre­ate an epic sea scene, even if I usu­ally can’t take these things too se­ri­ously – which ex­plains the ti­tle.”

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