Illustrators: STEPHEN BLISS

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Senior Artist at Rockstar Games
A lot of his work has been plastered all over New York City buildings, as full page spreads in magazines, and as stills in TV commercials. His style is distinct, edgy and top quality.
Stephen,s first project for rockstar as a senior artist started in 2001 with GTA 3 where he painted the game box cover, as well as international magazine covers, posters, billboards and promo merchandise for Grand Theft Auto, followed by The Warriors, LA Noire and Red Dead Redemption.
His signature style is a gritty, urban still life that captures the mood of the darker side of the city and its people. His moody, urban illustrations helped define and brand each game in the Grand Theft Auto series, but had enough distinctive changes in the artwork to make each individual game unique.

As an illustrator you need to understand the human body – but having looked at and understood nature, you must develop an ability to look away and capture the balance between what you’ve seen and what you imagine.
Each time a new Rockstar product is released with his artistic vision, he amazes the masses  with the skill and quality he puts into each piece. Sometimes its merely the use of colour, or definition in a silhouette – either way, he puts interesting spins on his subject matter, yet still manages to retain a signature style that is distinct and instantly recognisable.
His main achievement at Rockstar was establishing the illustrative style that would become the basis for future GTA promo imagery.
Stephen currently lives in new york, where he paints and designs promotional artwork  for the “Grand Theft Auto” series. His based at the world class learning academy, where he has a studio and concentrates on freelance illustration/design as well as creating his personal artwork and projects that contribute to collective shows in New York and London.


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