WARNING: INTERVIEW CONTAINS NUDITY
Hi Branko! Now you're a familiar name to us here at 3DTotal - your work's been in our mags, on our website and our Digital Art Masters series... but what about the guy behind the art? I'm intrigued because while your website is full of amazing images, there's zero information about you! So to kick things off, could you give us a quick overview about who you are, where you're from and what you're up to work-wise at the moment?
Howdy Jo! Well, where to begin... I suppose the same place I would if you met me in person: appearance. I'm a short, big-nosed Serbo-Croatian, with one leg calf significantly smaller than the other, which is dashingly complimented by a small scar over my left eye. Now that I've got the ladies salivating I can tell you I currently live in Toronto, Canada, having moved here from the former Yugoslavia when I was six with my mum and pops. Currently I'm employed at 9 Story Entertainment and am responsible for all things color, and the creation of Title Slates.
(Laughs) You've made yourself sound like a pirate with that description! But you've also given me the perfect opening for my next question: Title Slates. What are they and what does the work involve?
Ah, that's easy. A Title Slate is an illustration consisting of the name of the animated episode in fancy letters, along with a fancy illustration of the character doing something exaggerated that links with the plot of the story. They're quite fun to do, although it's a challenge taking a flat 2D character with ridiculously shortened limbs and giving them volume while still keeping the model accurate. Luckily, I have a wicked director who gives me as much freedom as I could want, so even though I have to knock out one of these a week at high res, along with regular duties, I nonetheless find it a pleasure.