Kaspar Tamsalu
Kaspar Tamsalu
Lead Artist at ZA/UM
Brighton, United Kingdom


Lead Artist at ZA/UM.
Previously: Artist at TIKS; Head of the Painting Department at Pallas University of Applied Sciences.
As an artist & designer at ZA/UM Studio I worked on the video game Disco Elysium and Disco Elysium Final Cut.


DrawingPaintingIllustrationConcept ArtConcept DesignBasic 3D

Software proficiency



  • Head of Painting Department at Pallas University of Applied Sciences
    Tartu, Estonia
    September 2018 - January 2021

    I manage a small team of art instructors and our department has approximately 50 students. I instruct figure drawing and painting, among other subjects.

  • Illustrator at Freelance
    January 2013 - January 2021

    As a freelance illustrator my main focus has been editorial illustration for print and the web and poster artwork. I have also designed multiple album covers and done preproduction concept work for films.

  • Concept Artist / Level Designer at ZA/UM Studio
    Tallinn, Estonia
    August 2015 - July 2019

    As a member of the small, but talented ZA/UM art team I got to try my hand at pretty much everything: from environments to characters to GUI elements.

    My main focus was creating environments and props for the game's pre-rendered backgrounds – from concept to basic modelling & texturing in Blender to rendering and in-engine lighting. I also did character design and sculpting and texturing in Blender.

  • Lecturer/Art Instructor at Tartu Art College
    Tartu, Estonia
    September 2017 - June 2018

    During my time as a lecturer I instructed a figure drawing class for senior students and an introductory painting class for beginners and multiple shorter creative workshops.