Ian McQue is a concept artist from Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied Illustration & Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. After graduating, McQue spent three years freelancing before taking an artist position at Dundee-based game developers, DMA Design.
At DMA he worked as a Lead Artist on Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2. In 1999, DMA was acquired by Rockstar Games, restructuring DMA Design into Rockstar North and moving offices to Edinburgh. McQue transitioned over to Rockstar and continued designing for the GTA franchise, operating as Lead Character Artist, Concept Artist and Assistant Art Director. McQue’s run with DMA/Rockstar ended in 2014, just shy of two decades.
As of 2014, McQue went back to freelancing. Working primarily in visual development for film, his clients include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures. He has also released a couple of artbooks, “A Book of Drawings by Ian McQue” and “Chroma: A Book of Speedpaints by Ian McQue.” Both books, as well as McQue prints, are available on his store, which should be back up in December.
Ian McQue will be speaking, demonstrating, along with reviewing portfolios, as of tomorrow, at this year’s CTN animation eXpo (CTNX) at Burbank, California. If you are lucky enough to be attending, be sure not to miss him.