Of late it seems that artists who are doing unique work are hard to come by. While there are few and far in between, there is some incredible work that is being done right here on our home ground. One of our finds is Naiha Raza – you might remember her from our Career post back in August. Naiha Raza is a digital artist working for CaramelTech Studios as a ‘Senior Game Artist’ working on numerous international games.
One might ask; isn’t digital or traditional art all the same? The answer is yes and no. The difference is in the medium of creation. Traditional art has more to do with physical paintings, sketches and more of the like. Meanwhile, digital art is exactly that but in a digital space. To draw a comparison for clarity’s sake, it is like writing an article; you can type it in MS Word or use your hand to jot it down on a piece of paper. Either way, the work itself is the masterpiece. Similarly, Naiha uses the digital space to create her artwork. She mostly creates characters with selected environment pieces.
She is part of the ‘Watch Out For’ list because of the unique work she does. She has been recognized internationally by acclaimed artists such as Tom Woodruff Jr. the artist who has worked on big titles like Alien vs. Predator, The Terminator, Jurassic Park, Jumanji and more. One of her art pieces was also picked up for a live drawing by the talented Artgerm (Cofounder of Imaginary Friends Studios) from Singapore. Naiha has also had the honor of working as a freelance artist for the magazine Imagine FX based out of London, one of the most well-respected authorities on game art.
Naiha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Beaconhouse National University and has always had keen interest in the arts. When asked about the drastic change in her career, Naiha said, “I don’t think it was a drastic change per say. Architecture for me, if nothing else, was the foundation on which I began my artwork.”
The artist’s work can be found on www.facebook.com/weirdness.naiha and is available for commission as well. Some pieces are also on display on the Paint Bucket Gallery’s Facebook page.