Devs at Dynasty: Mayenna Sophie

Find out from Concept Artist Mayenna the importance of balancing creativity and gameplay when creating a game asset.

Through a series of interesting interview questions both inside and outside of gaming, the Devs at Dynasty articles give our fans a unique look into individuals working at Dynasty Studios.

What is your role at Dynasty Studios?

I am a Concept Artist in the Copenhagen office at Dynasty Studios, where I design all sorts of things, including environmental props, weapons, and characters. Creating concepts is a balancing act between conveying the visions of the Creative Director and Art Director, whilst keeping in mind the gameplay aspects of the asset, and also making sure that the designs will function in 3D.

It’s important for me to be able to switch between different kinds of tasks and adapt quickly, whilst keeping my designs fresh and interesting. It’s a lot of fun!

What do you like best about working at Dynasty Studios? 

At Dynasty, everybody feels invested in and motivated by their work. We regularly show each other what we are working on and hype each other up, and it’s clear to see how this inspires people.

I also love the collective appreciation that everybody seems to have for cats and other pets!

What do you think sets Dynasty Studios apart from other game companies? 

Since I have started here, it has been clear to me that every person matters and has a voice of their own within the company. Diversity is important here, and not as a corporate buzzword, but as a key value.

There is also a lot of communication between different departments, and we have a whole host of people who work with making the work environment fun, inspiring, and safe.

What’s the first game you remember playing?

I played a lot of Streets of Rage on my big sister’s Sega Mega Drive when I was little!

It’s funny because I wasn’t really allowed to play video games. So whenever I was spending time with somebody who had games, I would ask to play. I think it was probably very annoying for them!

What’s your favorite board game?

Oh I love this game called Tyrants of the Underdark by Wizards of the Coast. It’s set in the DnD world and it’s a bit like Risk mixed with a deck building game. It’s really well balanced and there are a lot of different ways to win the game – some more sneaky than others.

What’s your favorite dinosaur?

It’s a tie between the Spinosaurus and the Triceratops! The Triceratops is just such a cute baby and I want to smush its face and feed it leaves. 

But the Spinosaurus had such a cool way of hunting. If it was in more shallow water, it would put its muzzle in the water and sense the vibrations from fish through holes in its skull, meaning it could snap them up without having to put its whole head in the water.

Dinosaurs are cool!


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