Darragh Dempsey
Darragh Dempsey
Texture / Look Dev Artist at VRAI
Dublin, Ireland

I consider myself an interdisciplinary artist working in a wide range of different mediums such as; ‘computer graphics’, ‘virtual reality', ‘painting’ and ‘photography’. Originally, I began my art career as an oil painter but I am currently working primarily with CGI. As a traditional artist, my work was concerned with telling stories through staged cinematic scenes, and my interest in Computer Graphics began when I wanted to take full control of the narrative of my oil paintings and begin creating these digital environments that could be used as references for my traditional work. Delving into this new interest I become more and more impressed with the capabilities of what CGI could do in terms of storytelling. I have always had an interest in games and movies and the CGI within them. I always attributed CGI to these other forms of media and not so much to the Fine Arts. Recently I have begun looking into how CGI can be used in a gallery sense and rather than being used on a large-scale production, what if it is used for a single frame.

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Media
BA (HONS) Degree in Fine Art Paint
Level 5 Certificate in Art Foundation

AWARDS

2017 and 2016 Thomas Dammann Junior memorial Trust award.
https://www.thomasdammanntrust.ie/

2015 The Don Nicollo d'ardia Caracciolo award.
http://www.rhagallery.ie/visit/185th-annual-exhibition-prize-winners/

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

Fresh Irish Painters: 10 under 30, RTE.IE/CULTURE.
https://www.rte.ie/culture/2016/1221/840580-irish-painters-ten-under-30-to-watch/

What Lies Beneath: The Mind's eye by Darragh Dempsey.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/what-lies-beneath-the-minds-eye-by-darragh-dempsey-35955412.html

Fine art graduates fuse forces and flex their muscles.
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/fine-art-graduates-fuse-forces-and-flex-their-mussels-1.3122322

Skills

Texturing3D ModelingLightingRenderingDigital Paintingpainting

Software proficiency

Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Designer
Substance 3D Designer
Maya
Maya
Arnold
Arnold
Photoshop
Photoshop
ZBrush
ZBrush
Metashape
Metashape
Unity
Unity
V-Ray
V-Ray
Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine
Tilt Brush
Tilt Brush

Experience

  • Texture / Look Dev Artist at VRAI
    Dublin, Ireland
    January 2021 - Present

    Virtual/Augmented Reality company based in Temple Bar Dublin City

  • Texture Artist at Brown Bag Films
    Dublin, Ireland
    July 2020 - December 2020

    Animation Studio based in Smithfield in Dublin City

  • Environment/Texture Artist at VRAI
    Dublin, Ireland
    September 2019 - July 2020

    Virtual Reality company based in Temple Bar Dublin City