Freelance 3D illustrator, Matt Roussel chats to 3dtotal about his career and training thus far, sharing some of his early and recent 2D work
3dtotal: Who are you and what do you do for a job?
I'm Matt Roussel, a freelance 3D illustrator, and I live in Toulouse, France.
Last Piece Tattoo: 3D work
3dtotal: What were your childhood inspirations and earliest artistic memory?
My parents had an artistic encyclopedia which covered everything from the prehistoric age to the contemporary period. There were 20 volumes of illustrations, sculptures and paintings in total, and I used to look at them when I was bored on a Wednesday afternoon.
My earliest artistic memory was when I was 12 and won a painting competition. We had to paint an ugly picture of an ugly clown based on works from the French painter Jean Dubuffet.
Image created at the age of 4
3dtotal: What training have you had (if any)?
I completed 1 ½ years in the Art Appliqué Duperré and 5 in the École Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Paris. I didn't graduate in these schools though.
2D work created as a student
3dtotal: Are there any particular schools or courses that you'd recommend?
Yes – the ENSAD in Paris. You can learn a large variety of artistic techniques here – I had lessons in 3D here, but learning 3D was very complex at the time.
2D illustration using traditional mediums
3dtotal: What was your first job in the industry and how did you get it?
My first job was an illustration project for a car magazine called Nitro. I created a full-color page, using a color ink technique. I did this during the last year at the ENSAD, as a result of looking for a job to have more money in my student life. From there, I started to work as a freelancer.
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