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
section. For my biography, go here.
Where have you worked?
currently a Technical Director at Pixar
in Emeryville California,
I previously worked for Blur Studio
What are your professional areas of expertise?
I mainly focus on Subdiv
Modeling / Sculpting / Model Assembly, Shading / Texturing, Concept Art
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
textures and do compositing, Vray
rendering, Mudbox for
sculpting, FilterForge and Darktree for Pattern Generation, Magic
PhotoLooks for compositing, and ACDsee for image viewing. At work I
mostly use Maya by Autodesk and
rendering / material creation.
- pre 1998 was done on a P100 with 64megs of
- 1998 - 2001 on a PII333 with 128 megs of RAM.
- 2001 - 2005 on an AMD
1800 with a
Gig of RAM.
- 2005 - 2008 on a Dual Opteron 248 with 2 Gigs
of RAM, nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Extreme 256MB.
- 2008 - 2011 on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, 8
Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB.
- 2011 - 2016 on an Intel i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-core,
24 Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 770 2GB
- 2016 - now on an Intel i7-6700K 4.0 GHz Quad-core, 64 Gigs
of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 1070 8GB
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 to learn 3d? / How did you learn 3d?
I'm not well aquatinted with graphics related schools, I learned
digital art at home on my own, doing tutorials, then making image after
on technique and content for over 10 years. I personally believe that
how to be an artist, drawing, painting, color theory, anatomy,
these are the things to learn, and then apply that knowledge to any
you choose. So maybe going to an art school is a better idea, or at
least go to a computer graphics related school that has a strong
foundation of general art skills. Don't go to a school that only
teaches you which buttons to press. Without a good grasp of basic
artistic skills, no matter how skilled you are with the buttons, you'll
probably have a hard time. So focus on good art fundamentals.
Can you help me with an advanced technique in max? Where can I
more about max?
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 (I much prefer
texturing and lighting), so those are the kinds of questions I'm really
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.