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#Meettheresident – Tom Mathews

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

I’m a digital artist and animator with a focus on video games and interactive software. I’m currently working with Level 91 Entertainment who are based here in Northern Ireland.

Any projects you’re currently working on?

Last year we released our first game ‘Inertial Drift’ on PC and all major consoles which was a really big deal for us. After that I took some time off to upskill and do some other freelance work and now, I’m back working with Level 91 but I can’t say much more than that at this time.

What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?

Video games are really complicated and complex and I’m mostly self-taught.  Getting to a point where I felt my skillset was broad enough that I could work comfortably took a long time. Even now I’m constantly trying to learn and improve in order to speed up my workflows and processes so I can relax more!

How do you stay creative/inspired?

I try to engage in other hobbies and activities that aren’t based around my computer and where I don’t hold myself to as high a standard as I do with my work. I recently started aggressive inline skating which has been really fun and a good way to relax.

Who is your creative hero?

I don’t think I have a creative hero but I do have some very nice and talented friends that I am very fond of and enjoy being creative with!

What piece of software/ tool/ equipment would you struggle to run your business without?

Photoshop, blender and Unity for game development.

What’s your top tip/piece of advice for anyone wanting to start their own creative business?

Ergonomics are super important! Early in my career I developed a repetitive stress injury from overworking with a bad setup. It took me a long time to recover from and still gives me problems to this day. Try to look after your body!

Also, if you’re a junior artist trying to get a foothold in an industry try to make sure there is a more senior artist in a company when you join as they will hopefully be able to offer valuable critique and help you develop your skills. Looking back, I wish I’d had a mentor to help give more direction on some of my earlier projects.

Find Tom’s artwork on Art Station and Twitter @NinjaMonkeyTom

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Here at Blick we aim to support and promote local creatives in Northern Ireland. 

A number of our fantastic residents are crafting, painting and illustrating artwork that would make a perfect christmas gift for your loved ones! 🎁

@roryquiggillustration
- bespoke illustrations 

@dannisimpsonart
- Northern Irish themed illustrated prints, homeware, clothing 

@autumn.aurelia
- whimsical acrylic jewellery

@wee.nuls
- homeware, accessories, illustrated prints 

@nineteenthirtyatelier
- bespoke men’s shirts and unique accessories

@gallery545online
- contemporary art 

Read more on the blog 👉 link in bio!
Meet Ray Walsh, our newest resident in 46 Hill Street!

Ray is a Graphic Designer working remotely for a design studio based in Birmingham. He shared some brilliant advice for creatives working remotely in our interview on the blog - link in bio!

Check out his passion projects on his Instagram @ray_walsh.jpg

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If you're heading to Belfasts Christmas Market, stop by our resident @dannisimpsonart's amazing stall and #supportlocalartists! 

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Some brilliant new street art on Hill street in the Cathedral Quarter. 

If you know the creator please feel free to tag them!

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Even with the days shortening, we still get to enjoy the sunset reflections here in the Cathedral Quarter!

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Did you know our Hill Street studios has a mezzanine level, letting in plenty of natural light for our residents and extra workspace. On the ground floor we have a lovely lounge, kitchen, WCs and more deskspaces.

Hill Street is a beautiful narrow cobbled street that was first dipected on a Belfast map in 1757. It was originally named Pott-House Lane as it housed a pottery shop, meaning Hill Street has always been home to creatives!

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Autumn has arrived in the Cathedral Quarter ☀️

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BELFAST DESIGN WEEK. 

BDW21 theme this year has just been revealed and is "What's on my block?" centering around design and entrepreneurship✨

Sadly we aren't helping to organise the event this year, but our fabulous resident Karishma Kusurkar @karishmasworld is!

Check out the @belfastdesignwk week programme for The Sustainabitilty Series, Meet and Greet events, guest speakers and much more to be revealed. Link in their bio!

BDW is running from 1-7 November and beyond. Get your tickets now!

#belfastdesignweek #blicksharedstudios #design #designentrepreneur #belfastcreatives #celebratedesign #localdesign #spendlocal #spendlocalbelfast #belfast
Happy Friday when you get to play with plants as part of your job
Cobbles, sunlight and flowers ☀️🌸

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Gorgeous morning light streaming into Cotton Court. Happy Monday!

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A warm welcome to our newest resident Lyndsay Walker ✨

Lyndsay is a freelance presentation designer working in the pharmaceutical industry who loves the challenge, flexibility and freedom of being her own creative director and has been self employed for almost 20 years in various creative industries. 

We are delighted to welcome her into our Cotton Court Studios.

Read more about Lyndsays business and what inspires her on our blog - link in bio!

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What a beautiful sunny September evening ☀️ hope everyone is out making the most of it before the winter
The perfect spot for lunch in the Cathedral Quarter surrounded by lots of lovely colours 🌿🌸🌼

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Our beautiful main room is now available for hire! 😍

This evening its being used by the wonderful @lp.physio.pilates who is adding a splash of colour. 

Get in touch at christine@blickstudios.org for more information

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Calm corners in our Malone studios
To celebrate Good Relations Week 2021 ‘Brighter Days Ahead’ for Young People, our resident  @creatingaspace have teamed up with @allnationsbelfast to create a project called "How They See Us'.

'How They See Us' is a project that investigates how people from different backgrounds navigate their lives.

The project explores how people think society sees them as an individual, and what labels and stereotypes have been placed upon them based on how they look, their race, their ethnicity or where they are "from".

In this season, we have interviewed 5 amazing individuals from different cultural backgrounds, who shared their experiences of what it is like being a person of colour in NI and what their experiences have been like growing up here.

We talked about the struggles of navigating identity, representation, grief, belonging, race, discrimination and self-love & acceptance.

For this event, we will be having a panel discussion with some of the people that took part in the project.
We will be asking them about
- How they felt about sharing their story
- What they have learned about themselves throughout this project
- How they see their future

Stay tuned for the release of the full project!

Grab your ticket via @creatingaspace's link in bio!

This project is funded by Community Relations Council.
✨Post services✨

Are you seeking a professional image for your business but are currently working from home? Blick's virtual post service offers a confident and professional city centre address from either our Hill Street or Malone Road studios.

Interested? Get in touch 👉 info@blickstudios.org

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Introducing our newest resident Eoin O'Shea! 

Eoin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and runs his business PIM smart.

Take a minute to read the interview on our blog with Eoin and find out more about how he stays inspired, the current projects he is working on and his advice on starting your own creative business. It's a really inspirational read!

Link in bio 🔗

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#hillstreetbelfast
We are delighted to welcome Tom Mathews to our Cotton Court studios!

Tom is a digital artist and animator with a focus on video games and interactive software. He is currently working with Level 91 Entertainment who are based in Northern Ireland.

Find out more about his creative work on our blog where chatted about his inspirations, software and advice he would give to anyone starting their own creative business. 

Link in bio!

#blicksharedstudios
#belfastcathedralquarter #cottoncourt #waringstreet #studio #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives #gamedesign #animation #meettheartist #meettheresident
Did you know that the Merchant Hotel is opposite our Cotton Court Studios?

This distinctive building was originally the headquarters of Ulster Bank and was transformed into the 5 star hotel in 2006. It's so nice to have it on our doorstep! 

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