3D Valley Featured 3D Artist of July 2008 – Anatoliy Meymuhin. Anatoliy is an artist from South Russia. He works as a freelance artist with a wide spectrum of experience and works; 3D modeling, texturing high and lowpoly, 2D graphics like vector drawings, design, painting and matte paintings. His style varies from a “paint” look in some of my works, to photo realistic in others. Please read our interview with Anatoliy below to get to know him and his work a bit better.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit about yourself: Who are you and what do you do in your daily life?
Anatoliy: Hi, I’m Anatoliy Meymuhin, 37 years old. I was born and living all my life in Rostov-on-Don, a city in the South of Russia. I’m a freelancer with a wide spectrum of working – 3D modeling and texturing high and low, 2D graphics like vector drawings, design, painting and matte paintings.
Christa: Which software packages do you use for your artwork?
Anatoliy: Depends on the kind of work I will be making. I’m using 3DS Max, Photoshop, Zbrush, DeepPaint3d, Corel Painter, Illustrator
Christa: Do you have traditional art experience?
Anatoliy: No, but I’m using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop for drawing and painting.
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Christa: Where did you go to school and how did they prepare you for your career?
Anatoliy: I went to school in Rostov-on-Don. After school I started working at an Advertising and Press agency as a designer. I made advertising modules, and covers for magazines. At that time (beginning of ‘90) there wasn’t any fast Internet and good clipart, so many things I made with my hands – That’s how I started with 3D modeling.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit of the way you work on your art?
Anatoliy: Actually nothing really special, only one thing – I like splines at first steady (one isn’t good – when too much computer works very slowly, so I need too convert the 3D model to mesh and after that work on the details).
Christa:How much time do you spent on modeling on how much on touch-up in Photoshop?
Anatoliy: Depends on the 3D model – when it’s low poly – I need more time for the textures, for hipoly – modeling and texturing about 50/50.
Christa: Do you have a favorite piece of your own artwork and if so why?
Anatoliy: Not yet.
Christa: Which areas of your work do you enjoy the most?
Anatoliy: The modeling part.
Christa: How would you describe your own style?
Anatoliy: “Paint” look in some of my works, photorealistic in others.
Christa: Who or what would you describe as having the most influences on your work/ style?
Christa: How many years are you working in the industry?
Anatoliy: From the end of ’90, last Millennium
Christa: You are currently working freelance. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work?
Anatoliy: Yes, Advantage – no boss, no loosing time at roads, free will at choosing works. Disadvantage – need finding good clients.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit about the current CG art scene/ industry in Russia?
Anatoliy: No, I prefer to work with foreign clients.
Christa: Do you have tips for beginning 3D artists?
Anatoliy: Yes; don’t forget to study 2D arts – very often 3D art looks too much “computer looking”, no emotions, and no soul.
Christa: Can you tell us where you are currently working on?
Anatoliy: I’m concentrating at the training in 2D painting and now working at it.
Christa: If you would not be working in 3D, what do you think you would be doing today?
Anatoliy: painting, movies, computer games, stock trading
Christa: Besides 3Dvalley.com, which other graphic sites do you visit regularly?
Christa: Is their something you can’t work without?
Anatoliy: I think without tablet, but I’m using not Wacom, but Aiptec.
Christa: What do you do when you are not working or creating something?
Anatoliy: Music, Moves, Computer games.
Christa: Thanks for your time and the interview Anatoliy!