Artwork from the game Fable Legends which Environment Art Mentor Ben worked on

Mentor Spotlight: Ben Merrick

Today we introduce you to Game Art Program Environment Art Mentor Ben Merrick!

Ben is based in the United Kingdom and is a Lead Artist at Stellar Entertainment with over 14 years of experience in the 3D industry. He has worked on a variety of AAA games and a feature film, along with VR and advertising.

Environment Art Mentor Ben Merrick

Artwork from the game Fable Legends which Ben worked on

Projects Ben has worked on include Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered, Fable Legends, Disney’s Artemis Fowl (film), Pearl Quest – Dark Ride, Kinect Sports Rivals, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, and Kinectimals.

Some studios Ben has previously worked at include DPS Games, NVizage, Longcross Film Studios, Framestore, Lionhead Studios (Microsoft), Rare (Microsoft), and Frontier Developments.

Environment Art Mentor Ben Merrick

Artwork from the game Fable Legends which Ben worked on

Vertex School Student Words About Ben

Game Art Program alumni Jess Latch was mentored by Ben, read what Jess had to say about being mentored by Ben below.

artwork by Jess Latch under environment art mentor Ben Merrick

Artwork by Jess Latch under Ben’s mentorship

“The mentors at Vertex were kind, encouraging, and flexible. I got sick for 2 out of the 9 months of the program, including a very difficult surgery. They were able to provide extensions, and my mentor Ben Merrick took time out of his own schedule to work with me for a couple of weeks beyond the deadline.

I would recommend Vertex School. The school, mentors, and alumni all care very much about your success. You get out of it what you put into it. You still have to work very hard. You have to finish your projects. You have to ask for help when you need it. But, they give you all the tools you need to succeed.”

At Vertex School, you get to learn directly from experienced industry professionals like Ben! We are so grateful to have Ben as a Vertex School mentor.

Check out Ben’s ArtStation here.

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