3D Valley Featured 3D Artist of November 2007 – Qingfeng Chen. We may call him Chen Chen is an digital artist from Xiamen, a city in the south of China. He studied Architecture structure from the university in Xiamen and currently works as an independent artist with his own company Chen3D Studio. Chen’s studio with 25 members is specialized in architectural visualizations/ animation and lighting projects. Read the interview below to get to know Chen 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?
Chen: Hello, everyone. I am Qingfeng Chen, some friend also like to call me Chen. Currently I work as a freelance artist in architectural viz field. I live in Xiamen, which is a coastal city in FuJian province of southern China. With beautiful scenery, mild living status and creation environment, the city is the best place for me to live and work.
Christa: Where did you go to school and how did they prepare you for your career?
Chen: I have a major in Architecture structure from the university in Xiamen. Through systematic study, I learned many basic knowledge about architectural design, which are of great help to my work.
Christa: Do you remember the first time you knew you wanted to be an artist?
Chen: The day my works where appreciated by so many people, I was very excited and made up my mind to be an excellent artist and provide more better works.
Christa: Which software packages do you use for your artwork?
Chen: I mostly I use 3dviz, but recently I have bought 3D Studio MAX and found it’s very convenient to use.
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Christa: Can you tell us a bit of the way you work on your art?
Chen: At first I get inspiration in my mind and I will pencil sketch a draft. After the sketch I begin to consider more details and by using the powerful functions of the computer, I transform my concept into 3D works. For business renderings, if it is realistic, it can get client’s approval easily. However, only creating realistic work it is not enough, it also should have good composition, soft lighting environment and harmonious color matching, etc. And all embodied in high quality camera work. So the most important stage for me is composition and lighting set-up.
Christa: What kinds of influences inspire your Architectural visualizations?
Chen: Architecture, photos, books, camera works, movies and music give me inspiration for my works.
Christa: Do you have a favorite piece of your own artwork and if so, why?
Chen:My favorite artwork is “Art museum” which is also on the front page of my website. The design is similar to a real space. At first I planned to design an annular gallery space and use stairs to link up the whole gallery. However, for other reasons I didn’t keep on in-depth design and what’s left are some view works which I think can definite the space concept. Now in order to make up for the missing, I decide to design a perfect space architecture in my mind in the upcoming years.
Christa: What is your goal as an artist?
Chen: I will strike relentless effort on architecture viz, and do my best to blend it into camera art.
Christa: When going trough your portfolio you can see you make a lot of use of lighting to create a certain mood in the images. Can you tell us a bit about how you set-up your lighting?
Chen: Generally speaking, my conceive outline originate from my study of lighting. In order to better definite it, the direction, color, position, and bright and dark contrast of light should be taken into consideration. I set up the parameters which can best express my feelings. More testing and practice are required if we want to create a mood we like. For me, I just study the space, choose the best direction and color during my continuous testing to express it.
Christa: How would you describe your personal style?
Chen: I have no idea about my personal style, if I must give it a description, I would like to call it 3D camera art style, hehe.
Christa: You currently work as a freelance artist with your own company chen3D studio. What made you decide to try it as an independent artist?
Chen: My studio has 25 team members, and I also have a working space of my own where I create my favorite works. I like this working condition, alternate with involving into busy work and creating my own work leisurely when am free. This kind of life gives me a sense of fullness.
Christa: Which areas of your work do you enjoy the most?
Chen: When my diligent works get appreciation from other artists and my clients, it made me love my work even more, all the areas of my work.
Christa: Can you name a career highlight?
Chen: I think the biggest project we worked on is new renderings of Dubai Burj. It is a very high tower building with many big buildings around it. this project provided a chance for our team to bring our abilities into play to the largest extent, accumulate operation experience for super large scaled projects and has great influence on the management of many existing large scaled projects we are working on today.
Christa: What would be your dream assignment?
Chen: My dream assignment should be realistic, just like photography works. Along with the continuous development of CG software products and also hardware, more and more artists can create amazing works with photograph grade effect, so it bring forward higher requirement for viz works. I think photograph art will be the developing trend for this kind of works. Personally speaking, I enjoy unrealistic works, for it focus more on how to express the ideological contend in a lighted space.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit about the current CG art scene/ industry in China?
Chen: At present, the development of CG art in China has made tracks and a large quantity of people has entered into this field. As a result, many companies have been established, which intensified the fierce competition of this field. Suddenly so many CG talents came into our sight, it makes me sure that the development of CG field will let the world focus attention on us, just like it did on the speed of China’s integral development. In architectural field, crystalcg is world-famous as a large-sized architecture viz company and it has been growing from strength to strength. At the same time, many medium-sized companies are standing out prominently, which has caught attention of many overseas companies and brought along international projects co-operation.
Christa: Can you tell us where you are currently working on?
Chen: Currently I’m leading my team animating some large-scale architecture projects. Except for the scene controlling, it has high demanding for professional creation, so these projects are really challenging. Nevertheless, I like doing such projects because these help me improve my executive ability and accumulate valuable experience for creating large-scale projects.
Christa: Do you have any tips for the artists who admire your work?
Chen: Thank you very much for all the people that appreciate my works, their affirmation gives me boundless confidence and I will take it as my motivation to make further achievement.
Christa: Besides 3D Valley, which other CG sites do you visit regularly?
Christa: Is their something you can’t work without?
Chen: Sure. Sometimes I will play background music while I am working, for music makes people relaxed and it is a source of inspiration as well.
Christa: When you are not working or creating something, what do you do?
Chen: When I am free, I like traveling and shopping with my girlfriend, and I enjoy watching movies.
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Christa: Thanks for your time and the interview Chen!