ABOUT

My name is Alexander Preuss and i was born 1974 in Aachen Germany.

I started very early with traditional painting and my Mother took care about progress during my childhood. After i bought my first Computer, an Amiga 2000, i was deeply impressed by the possibilities of digital Art and i started to train myself in this area.

Thanks to my first digital works i got a job in the computer game industry and became the art director of Egosoft GmbH in Herzogenrath 1996.

Due to family reasons i had to left the company in 2002, but i came back in 2008 to work as lead artist and art director again.

I would describe myself as a very dedicated and focused person when it comes to my work, but also in my private life.

My spare time is reserved for my Family and my personal art projects which were also successful, and a lot of them received international Awards and are published in Magazines, Books and other media all over the World.

Having fun is one of my main guides through my live and i try to always think positive about the world… even if this is a hard task these days ūüôā

-Alex


Range of experience
  • Concept Art¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D / 3D]
  • Previsualization¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D / 3D]
  • Visualisation ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D / 3D]
  • Object Design¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D / 3D]
  • Texture Design¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D]
  • Texture Creation¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† [2D / 3D]
  • Video Editing
  • Video post-processing

These are the main aspects of my knowledge which i trained in the past 20 years on a nearly daily basis with the available tools in my environment like traditional painting materials as Pencils, Copics, Posca, Oil and Acryl colors, but also PC tools like Z-Brush, Blender, 3DS Max, Photoshop and others.


Education
  • 1992 – 1996 Apprenticeship as mechanic
    Aachener Maschinenbau GmbH
  • 1985 – 1991 Secondary modern school
    GHS Drimborn [Aachen]
    Graduated after 10B – Fachoberschulreife
  • 1980 – 1984 elementary shool
    Forster Linde [Aachen]

 Employed
  • 2008 – 2014 Lead Artist / Art Director / FX Supervisor
    Egosoft GmbH [W√ľrselen]
  • 2002 – 2007 Jr. Art Director / FX Supervisor
    Image Arts GmbH [Meerbusch / D√ľsseldorf]
  • 1996 – 2002 Lead Artist / Art Director / FX Supervisor
    Egosoft GmbH [Herzogenrath]

Freelancer
  • 2012 -2013 Guest Lecturer
    FH-BTK – Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule
  • 2009 – 2010 Illustrator
    Bastei L√ľbbe AG
  • 2008 – 2010 Artist
    Subterran Press [USA]
  • 2007 – 2014 Artist
    Folgenreich [Universal]
  • 2007 – 2011 Artist
    Centipede Press [USA]
  • 2007 – 2007 Artist
    Holysoft Studios LTD
  • 1992 – 1992 Artist
    Factor 5 GmbH

Awards
  • 2012 – 1st and second place [best German Science Fiction art]
    Kurt Laßwitz Preis
  • 2008 – 1st place
    NSS SPACE SETTLEMENT CHALLENGE [NSS.ORG], [USA]
  • 2007 – CG CHOICE AWARD
  • 2005 –¬† 1st place
    Grand Space Opera Challenge [CGSociety]
  • 2006 – 3D Total Award
  • 2006 – 1st place – [3D]
    ANIMAGO AWARD 2006 [ATEC Business Information GmbH]

In addition to these awards i got a lot of other minor and major international recognitions that made my profile worldwide known.