Irena Šmitáková
Irena Šmitáková
Alpha Brush | Senior Digital Matte Painter @ Scanline VFX
London, United Kingdom

I am a Digital Matte Painter, Environment Generalist and freelance Concept Artist working for Film and TV. I joined VFX industry in 2017 and had the opportunity to work on amazing projects like The Lion King, Call of the Wild, Artemis Fowl, Good Omens, Rebecca, Cursed, stop motion animated film Chuck Steel Night of the Trampires and other projects.

I am proficient at painting using Photoshop, hard-surface modeling and uving in Maya, generating terrains and building assets as well as scattering set ups in Houdini, optimising, detailing and sculpting in Zbrush, texturing my assets, getting them all in Clarisse for layout and LookDev and this all bring to final render and composite it in Nuke.

Lately I have been focusing on creating real-time environments in Unreal Engine, and developing my modeling skills in 3DsMax.

I have a high interest in building affordable learning source for enthusiastic artists who want to join us in this crazy running VFX business and who want to become Matte Painters and Environment Artists. That's why I have launched Alpha Brush and as part of that I mentor entry level artists.

https://gumroad.com/alphabrush

Are you entry level Matte Painter and you need some advice? Drop me a message! :)

Feel free to check out some of my photography too: https://www.flickr.com/photos/184345285@N04/

Publications
VFXCZ: http://vizualniefekty.cz/interview-irena-smitakova-matte-painter/
ART OF VFX (mention): https://www.artofvfx.com/rebecca-murray-barber-vfx-supervisor-co-founder-milk-visual-effects/
LEARNSQUARED: https://blog.learnsquared.com/student-stories/ep8-you-need-to-learn-to-fail/
KITBASH3D interview tutorial: https://kitbash3d.com/blogs/news/3d-models-in-matte-paintings
KITBASH3D contest: https://kitbash3d.com/blogs/news/utopia-contest-winners?_pos=1&_sid=6dd2e9b54&_ss=r
ARTSTATION FEATURED https://magazine.artstation.com/2021/08/featured-pro-portfolio-irena-smitakova/

Skills

CompositingConcept ArtEnvironment DesignIllustrationLook DevelopmentMatte PaintingDigital SculptingEnvironment ModelingHard Surface ModelingTexturingVisual EffectsPhotographyLayoutVisual DevelopmentGraphic DesignWorld BuildingSet DressingmentoringScattering

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
Maya
Maya
Arnold
Arnold
Nuke
Nuke
Houdini
Houdini
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Designer
Substance 3D Designer
Clarisse iFX
Clarisse iFX
ZBrush
ZBrush
Photoscan
Photoscan
SpeedTree
SpeedTree
InDesign
InDesign
After Effects
After Effects
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve
3ds Max
3ds Max

Reel

Productions

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    • Movie
      The Last Letter from Your Lover
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter and Environment Generalist
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • TV Production
      Intergalactic
    • Year
      2021
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • Movie
      Rebecca
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter and Environment Generalist
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • TV Production
      Cursed
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • Movie
      Call of the Wild
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      MPC
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    • Movie
      Noelle
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      MPC
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    • Movie
      Artemis Fowl
    • Year
      2020
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      MPC
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    • Movie
      The Lion King
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      3D Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      MPC London
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    • TV Production
      Good Omens
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • TV Production
      Origin
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • TV Production
      Thunderbirds are go
    • Year
      2019
    • Role
      Digital Matte Painter
    • Company
      Milk VFX
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    • Movie
      Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires
    • Year
      2018
    • Role
      Junior Compositor / Junior Matte Painter
    • Company
      Animortal Studio

Experience

  • Environment TD & Digital Matte Painter at Framestore
    London, United Kingdom
    March 2021 - Present

  • Background Artist / Matte Painter at RedKnuckles
    London, United Kingdom
    January 2021 - February 2021

  • Digital Matte Painter & Environment Generalist at Milk VFX
    London, United Kingdom
    October 2019 - October 2020

  • Artist Environment / Matte Painter at Moving Picture Company
    Montreal, Canada
    April 2019 - September 2019

  • 3D Digital Matte Painter at Moving Picture Company
    London, United Kingdom
    October 2018 - March 2019

  • Digital Matte Painter at Milk VFX
    London, United Kingdom
    June 2018 - October 2018

  • Matte Painter / Concept Artist at Animortal Studio Ltd.
    Bridgend, United Kingdom
    May 2018 - May 2018

  • Junior Compositor / Junior Matte Painter at Animortal Studio Ltd.
    Bridgend
    July 2017 - October 2017