3DValley Featured 3D Artist of November 2006 – Raymond Salter. Raymond is from the UK. He’s a long time member of our gallery and a great modeler and texture artist. He uses Maxon’s Cinema 4D as software for his projects. I’m a great fan of his wild life images, I think they belong to the best I’ve seen on the internet. Read the interview and get to know a little bit more about him.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit about yourself: Who are you and what do you do in your daily life?
Raymond: Hi Christa, I come from and have lived in a small town called Calne in the United Kingdom. I have spent most of my life working in the construction industry, I am 55 years old and my main interest are playing bass for a local band and 3D modeling. I also love natural history subjects.
Christa: When did you first notice you had artistic talent?
Raymond: I first got hooked on 3D modeling back in the early old Amiga days when one of the first 3D programs came out called Sculpt 3D and I have been cursed or blessed with it ever since, a bit like my passion for playing music as well.
Christa: Do you have traditional art experience?
Raymond: Well, I was very interest in art when I was in my early teens and I remember wining a prize at a local exhibition for a clay sculptor but alas I never did get any traditional art experience and did not really become interested again until my mid thirties.
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Christa: Which software packages do you use for your artwork?
Raymond: The two programs I use are Maxons Cinema 4D and Paint Shop Pro I used to use Imagine back in my Amiga days but when I changed computers to use a PC I looked around at a lot of the 3D programs on offer and finally settled for Cinema, mainly because of its very easy work flow and its fantastic stability as it hardly ever crashed.
Christa: You can’t use your software without the hardware, so what do you use?
Raymond: Computers well I currently using a Advent T9102 Intel Pentium 4 HT Processor 550 3.4Ghz 512MB DDR memory and I have just recently obtained a Wacom tablet which I am now trying to get used to after using a mouse for years.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit of the way you work on your art?
Raymond: That’s a hard one to answer I guess I will see or read something and the light bulb will go on and I will try to capture it in 3D as you can see from a lot of my images birds get me going the most.
Christa: The majority of you images with us contain wild life creatures; I especially like you Mandrill image. Do you find a lot of your inspiration in wild life/ nature?
Raymond: Yes Christa, I do like modeling natural history subjects the most of the time I don’t know why its is. With my background in construction and knowing how things look you would think I would be doing more of that but no its animals that get me going.
Christa: What do you use as reference for your wild life images?
Raymond: I find references for my images watching television, out walking I might see something. When ever I go out shopping I all ways check out the magazine racks and go into the local book shop I usually can’t resist coming back with something wild life related.
Christa: You have a lot of great images. Do you have a favorite piece of your own artwork and if so, why?
Raymond: My favorite image well that’s probably my cricket image. Mainly because it was printed in the magazines gallery section of 3DWorld about 18 mouths ago but lately its been my involvement in a small way in making of a small film called Pitching Lucas modeling a few models that where used in the film that went on to win the top two awards at the Comic Com Awards.
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Christa: What is your goal as an artist?
Raymond: What is your goal as an artist well I just go where and how I am feeling at the time and hope my ideals strike a cord some of the time I am always trying to improve my modeling skills.
Christa: Besides 3D Valley, which other CG sites do you visit regularly?
Christa: Do you have any tips for the artists who admire your work?
Raymond: I would say with 3D modeling the more you do it the better it be comes and to do what ever inspires you and only work on things you really do enjoy doing.
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Christa: You recently have taken part in Pitching Lucas (a Star Wars fan film) directed by Shane Felux. Pitching Lucas won this year’s Audience Choice Award and the George Lucas Selects Award. Congratulations! Can you tell us what your contribution to this film was and did you enjoy working on it?
Raymond: You Know for me this was one of the best thing I have been involved with and I can not thank the people at Panic Struck Productions enough for giving me a chance to work with them in a small way on this three month long project in modeling a speeder for the Dips part of the film animated by Adam Benton. The speeder it self I modeled in Cinema 4D and took me working on it on and off about a month to model it. I then went on to model the carbonate block used to kill of one of the executives who got the thumbs down from George Lucas a very funny film and I really enjoyed working on the project and I would love to do it again.
Christa: Is there any personal or work related project you are working on right know which you can share with us?
Raymond: The only real thing I am working on at the moment is modeling our local station in Cinema which was closed in the sixties and alas is no more. I haven’t got very far with its as yet, but I have got together quite a few reference books so I should start make more progress soon.
Christa: Is their something you can’t work without?
Raymond: Lots of tea and usually very hot. My friends call me tin guts and if theirs a packet of biscuits you can look round the next minute and their gone, apart from that when I an modeling on my computer the time just seems to fly by.
Christa: When you are not working or creating something what do you do?
Raymond: As I have said earlier I like playing music for our local band which takes up one or two evenings a week plus any jobs we may have, and relaxing in the pub afterwards with my friends. I also like playing strategy war games on my PC and chess is one of my favourites followed by Rome total war. My main television or films interest are watching any type of scifi programs.
Christa: Thanks for your time and the interview Raymond!