Office tale of Nacho Yagüe, concept artist at Ubisoft Toronto

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Who are you :
I’m Nacho Yagüe. I’m a Spaniard concept artist and working in the videogame industry for over 12 years. I’ve worked on game series such as Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed.

Your current job :
I’m a Concept Artist at Ubisoft Toronto. Right now I’m working on an unannounced project.

In which city are you located?
Toronto, Canada. Since 2012.

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Determined.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Photoshop and my Wacom tablet are essential to my daily routine, but Sketchup, pen and paper are no less important.

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What does your office space look like?
The studio is pretty amazing. Ubisoft Toronto is located in an old “General Electric” brick and beam warehouse. It’s a massive open space with natural light, wood beams and beautiful red brick walls. We have our own gym and a cafeteria with foosball and arcade machines. We also have ‘The Fortress of Solitude’- a room designed to chill and relax where you can’t be disrupted by your devices.

What kind of music do you listen to when you are working ?
It depends on what I want to create and what my mood is. Generally I love to listen Electro pop, Alternative, Indie. … etc. For example: Apparat, Radiohead, Caribou, Alt-J, The knife, Zero 7, Phantogram… Here’s a link to my Google Play Music ”WORK” list if someone wants to check it out: play.google.com

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I try to most productive early in the morning. Right after I sit down at my desk, I start working. I try to keep other tasks, like checking emails, for later in the day.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
I set time slots for work. For example, I try to focus on a specific task for an hour and half, then I allow myself some time for a coffee or a break.

You're better than your colleagues at :
Cooking!

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Be humble and treat others the way you’d love to be treated.. You never know when you will cross paths in the future.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
I dedicate some time for researching and looking for references, then organize the information in folders.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I wake up around 7:00 a.m., slack in bed for a while then bike to the studio to arrive for 9:00 a.m. or so. In the morning, I usually have a meeting with the art director and my team, then do some research If I need to. I work until 6:00 or 6:30 with some coffee breaks in between. Some days I go for a run or do yoga at noon with the studio.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
Recently I bought a Kindle and it quickly became an essential. I also always carry a box with pens and markers and a small sketchbook with me.

www.nachoyague.com

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