Yolie Leif
Yolie Leif
Pixel Artist & Illustrator
Southern California, United States

Hi, I'm Yolie! I've been working as a pixel artist in the indie game industry for 2 years now. I am experienced in character art, environments, and animations. I am currently one of the two lead pixel artists on Sweet Dreams Alex being developed by Clarity Games. I am also doing and have done work for 3 other games (Advent of the Reaper, Chiki's Chase, and an unannounced one).

As for non-game occupations, I have also been hired to create pixel art for the popular band Beach Bunny and their Spotify Canvas video animations. In addition to that, I have an unannounced pixel art music video I drew and animated for a singer with over 8 million monthly Spotify listeners.

I genuinely have a huge love for pixel art and painting, and video games and anime are huge contributors that inspired me to pursue my passion as a career. Please feel free to contact me regarding new projects, as my current job on Sweet Dreams Alex is coming to a close since the game is almost complete.

Thanks for your interest in my work!

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Skills

Pixel ArtDigital PaintingCharacter DesignIllustrationTexturing

Software proficiency

Photoshop
Photoshop
Aseprite
Aseprite
Blender
Blender
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
CLIP STUDIO PAINT
3ds Max
3ds Max
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
Procreate
Procreate

Experience

  • March 2022 - Present
    Pixel Artist for Sweet Dreams Alex at Clarity Games

    -Created over over 70+ pixel art assets for 6 unique in-game worlds consisting of different themes (scifi, ocean, playground, shopping mall, neighborhood, house)

    --Largely consists of environmental decorations and structures

    --Created 5 different ground tilesets for a spaceship, concrete streets, 2 shopping mall tile patterns, and snow

    -Designed level end screen UI

    -Animated 10+ visual effects and movements (enemy de-spawning, victory celebration effect, ocean creatures moving, robot walking, machines moving)

    -Illustrated the game’s key art after providing 5 different thumbnails to decide on designs with the team. Worked while receiving feedback as I provided updates throughout the process.

    -Drew 40+ pixel art illustrations for the world and level selection maps

    -Communicates with team over a voice call every Monday, as well as daily chat messages to discuss the team updates

    -Created 15 Steam marketing assets for the game’s store and library page

  • August 2021 - Present
    Character portrait pixel artist for Advent of the Reaper at Brekkies at Noon, LLC

    -Created 3 different main characters’ portraits including happy expression variants and blinking animations

    --In process of making each of their angry and sad expressions, as well as new characters

  • September 2021 - Present
    Character pixel artist and designer at Unannounced

    -Designed 5 different playable characters (each a different type of weapon class) and 1 non-playable character portrait

    --Illustrated their full character sprites as well as speaking and blinking animations

  • June 2021 - June 2022
    Coloring Artist for Chiki's Chase at David Fu's development team

    -Provided illustration coloring for 4 different non-playable characters that each had 6-7 different poses