Nikita Lebedev
Nikita Lebedev
Character and Creature Artist / Concept sculptor
Toronto, Canada

About

I'm a professional creature and character artist, specializing in digital sculpture. I've been working in VFX for over 8 years. I've created creature and character work for collectible statue/toy companies like McFarlane Toys, as well as feature work including upcoming "Monster Hunter", "Hellboy", the Oscar winner - Guillermo Del Toro's "Shape of Water", "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter", "Vikings", "Strain", Marvel's "Inhumans" and others, including unannounced projects. I'm also a part time professor at Digital Animation and DVFX programs at Centennial College.
My range of specialty includes creature and character concept art, production ready sculpture and texturing, lookdev, FACS, etc. 

Skills

CompositingRenderingDrawingDigital PaintingPaintingSculptingLikeness sculptingRetopologySpeed SculptingSketchingFACSPortraitureShadingShadersLightingPBR TexturingTexturingConcept ArtIllustrationCharacter ModelingDigital SculptingFacial Rigging & AnimationHard Surface ModelingRiggingAnatomyUV MappingCharacter Design

Software proficiency

Maya
Maya
V-Ray
V-Ray
ZBrush
ZBrush
Mari
Mari
Nuke
Nuke
TopoGun
TopoGun
Keyshot
Keyshot
Photoshop
Photoshop
SketchBook Pro
SketchBook Pro
Substance Painter
Substance Painter
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
UVLayout
UVLayout
Yeti
Yeti
Shave and a Haircut
Shave and a Haircut
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
Arnold
Arnold
MightyBake
MightyBake
Xgen
Xgen

Productions

  • 65ya5dx9rvj41
    • Movie
      Monster Hunter
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Lead Creature and Character Artist, Blendshape artist, Concept artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
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    • Movie
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Lead Creature and Character Artist, Blendshape artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Da 5 bloods
    • Movie
      Da 5 bloods
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Lead Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Hellboy
    • Movie
      Hellboy
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character artist, Blendshape artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • The shape of water poster 2 large
    • Movie
      The Shape of Water
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Lead Creature and Character Artist, Blendshape artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Resident evil the final chapter poster new
    • Movie
      Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Godless xlg
    • TV Production
      Godless
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
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    • Movie
      TAU
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • The strain season 3 poster 1
    • TV Production
      The Strain S04
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
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    • TV Production
      Vikings S05
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist, Concept artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Shannara
    • Movie
      The Shannara Chronicles S02
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Inhumans poster %281%29
    • TV Production
      Inhumans
    • Year
      2017
    • Role
      Sr. Creature and Character Artist
    • Company
      Mr. X
  • Theottoman
    • Movie
      The Ottoman Lieutenant
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Character artist
    • Company
      Spin VFX
  • Rupture
    • Movie
      Rupture
    • Year
      2016
    • Role
      Character artist
    • Company
      Spin VFX
  • Man vs poster
    • Movie
      Man Vs
    • Year
      2015
    • Role
      Concept artist / character artist
    • Company
      Crush Inc.

Experience

  • Lead Creature and Character Artist at Mr. X
    Toronto, Canada
    January 2019 - Present

    As a Lead Character and Creature artist, I'm responsible for creating character/creature concept work for production as well as for pitches; creating highly detailed realistic production ready character/creature sculptures, textures and lookdev; creating various blendshapes - from FACS to body muscle blendshapes.

  • Sr. Charcter and Creature Artist at Mr. X
    Toronto, Canada
    January 2016 - December 2018

    I'm a character and creature artist, responsible for look development, sculpting and painting of creatures and characters for feature.

  • Character Artist at SPIN VFX
    Toronto, Canada
    October 2015 - January 2016

  • Teacher's assistant at Centennial College
    Toronto, Canada
    January 2015 - Present

    I help students with their VFX projects (planning, modeling, rigging, rendering, compositing) as well as I teach them ZBrush.

  • Character concept artist at Freelance
    Toronto, Canada
    January 2013 - Present

    Character concept art, character modeling and texturing, prototyping

  • Asset Artist at Call me Smith
    Toronto, Canada
    May 2012 - September 2015

    My main responsibilities include modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering (and sometimes rigging and animation). On majority of projects I take a lead modeler/character artist role. In many instances I would get a very rough character brief or drawing and do a 3d visualization of it.