Who are you?
I'm an artist who specializes in scifi and fantasy artwork. As well as
professional work, I do lots of personal art
when I find the time. I also wrote a bunch of Scripts
for 3dsmax and Maya. And like Teaching Art and Computer
Graphics. I also run a metal webzine called Soul
Killer, where I review new metal and have a news
Where have you worked?
currently a Digital Artist at Pixar
in Emeryville California,
I previously worked for Blur Studio
What are your professional areas of expertise?
I mainly focus on Concept Design / Illustration, Art
Direction, Modeling / Sculpting / Texturing, and Digimatte. As far as
industries go, I have done Feature Film Animation,
Feature Film VFX and Videogame Cinematics.
What software and computer do you use?
My main piece of 3d software for my personal work is 3DStudio MAX by Autodesk,
I also use Adobe Photoshop to
rendering, Mudbox for
sculpting, FilterForge for Pattern Generation, Magic
PhotoLooks for compositing, and ACDsee for image viewing. At work I
mostly use Maya by Autodesk and
rendering / material creation.
- ???? - 1998: P100 with 64megs of
- 1998 - 2001: PII333 with 128 megs of RAM.
- 2001 - 2005: AMD
1800 with a
Gig of RAM.
- 2005 - 2008: Dual Opteron 248 with 2 Gigs
of RAM, nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Extreme 256MB.
- 2008 - 2011: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, 8
Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB.
- 2011 - 2016: Intel i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-core,
24 Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB
- 2016 - ????: Intel i7-6700K 4.0 GHz Quad-core, 64 Gigs
of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 1070 8GB
- 2009-2014: Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor T4400
2.2 GHz, 4 Gigs of RAM, 15.6" 1366x768
- 2014-2017: Intel i7-3740QM 2.70Ghz Single-core, 16 Gigs of
RAM, nVidia Quadro K3000M 2GB, 17.3" 1920x1080
- 2017-????: Intel Core i5 Surface Book, 8 Gigs of
RAM, nVidia Geforce dGPU 1GB, 13.5" 3000x2000
What graphics card would you recommend? What computer should I
I really don't know much about hardware, that is one area of computers
that really doesn't interest me, I ask friends what they recommend and
I buy it, beyond that I don't know much I'm afraid.
What school should I go to? / How did you learn?
I'm not well aquatinted with digital art related schools, I am mostly
self taught in the digital realm, although I went to art school for
drawing / painting and design. My best school advice is go to a school
that has a strong art concentration. Don't go to a school that only
teaches you which buttons to press in software. Without a good grasp of
artistic skills (color, composition, form, etc) no matter how skilled
you are with the buttons, you'll
probably have a hard time landing a good job. So focus on good art
Can you help me with an advanced technique in 3dsmax? Where can I
more about 3dsmax?
General question about techniques in max should be asked at the The Area, an
Autodesk support forum, lots of professionals
there ready to answer questions. More general 3d
questions can be asked at another good forum, CGTalk. I've had
ask me questions like "How do I animate a completely believable human?"
Well, if you look at my site, I have never modeled a human, and I
really don't do a lot of animating, so those are the kinds of questions
not qualified to answer, and why I recommend these forums. But if you
have a question that's specific to me,
how I achieved a specific effect in a particular piece, please
Where can I get cracked versions of software? Can you
help me use my cracked piece of software?
I buy all of the software I use. If you choose to illegally use the
software instead of buying it,
your decision, I am not going to play police, however, I can't help you
pirate stuff. The people who wriite this software need to pay their
rent, and I will support them in that cause.
Do you use instant messaging?
Afraid not, I only have limited time during the day and so have chosen
not to use instant messaging software.
Why didn't you answer my email immediately?
I promise I will answer all email as promptly as I can, but due to high
volumes, I cannot answer everything instantly, so I ask you to be
The images on your website are small, why don't you release
I used to release larger images in the past, until some nasty people
printed those images and started selling them without my permission and
without any credit given to me as the original artist. I have also had
my artwork appear mysteriously in magazines and on cd covers without my
consent, so now I only release smaller images so they don't look good
Can you send me the max file for your artwork?
Giving someone one of
my original max files means I no longer have control over it's use,
and it's the only concrete proof of ownership. So I'm afraid the answer
is no. However, I have been know to give materials and pieces of max
away in the CG
section. And I'm willing to answer specific questions via email.
Can I use a piece of artwork that already exists on your website
for our band's album cover? Can you make me some free artwork?
Sorry, but no. The ability to make artwork is a skill that should be
valued, just like any other skill. And hard work and time devoted to
making artwork for someone else's project should be rewarded with some
sort of monetary compensation. I'd be happy to discuss my rates if you
have a small project that needs some art, but I don't do freebees, and
I recommend the same for any other artist.
Can I include some of your images on my online art gallery?
Sure, I'd appreciate it! All I ask is my name is with them, a link to
site, and send me some email when they're online so I can make sure
represented properly. Thanks.