My name is Rene Bencik and I am a concept artist specializing in character and environment design.
For my final university submission, I took the general theme of Valkyries and reimagined it in four distinctly different styles. Each style featured 4 concepts that corresponded to one another, mostly centered around characters but also around the environment and general atmosphere. Building narrative was very important in order to create a cohesive project.
For Fantasy, I chose to present the concepts in a ‘ancient manuscript’ drawing inspiration from 15th century illustrated bibles. I put my own twist on this, using the Short Twig variant of the Younger Futhark runes (from a translator I found online) as a means of including story-telling elements. I translated snips of the Darraðarljóð, which is a valkyrie tale.
For WW2, I decided to create propoganda posters. Drawing inspiration from primarily the Axis. I was heavily influenced by a previous Art test I had done in University which revolved around creating mock Wolfenstein art pieces. Once again, I interpreted the theme of valkyries by including symbolism and imagery that would correspond to the era.
For Modern conflict, I created a mock police investigation board. Inspired by current events, I reimagined the Valkyries as a gang of rebels, fighting for their freedom in an oppresive society. The interesting dynamic here was between the authority and the rebels and I chose to focus on that primarily in the mood pieces in order to have the audience draw their own conclusions about this conflict.
For Neo Tokyo I chose to put a twist on the already popular futuristic style by creating a mockup of a 90’s VR adventure. The strong linework adds a comic-book feeling and the bold colours reflect the fun and alternate atmosphere that these concepts promote.