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Interview with 'The Keeper' creator, Ongie Ongushi


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Date Added: 16th June 2014

Popular graphic designer, Ongie Ongush, and creator of The Keeper, gives us the lowdown on his inspirations and working methods


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Piyavachara Arunotai (better known as Ongie Ongushi) is a talented 3D artist with his own personal style, living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. His recent gallery entry, The Keeper, has so far racked up 4 and half stars from a whopping 552 votes. 3dtotal asked him a few questions...

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3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

OO: I am Piyavachara Arunotai, better known as Ongie Ongushi. I live in Bangkok, in Thailand. I work full-time as a graphic designer for the Tang Hua Seng department store. As a hobby, I spend my time creating 3D creations which can be found on my site

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3dt: Tell us the story behind your artwork: What brought you into the digital art world and what software do you use?

OO: At the beginning, I started with Illustrator for designing humans, creating characters and artwork. I was very happy when used it. It was fun and helped to make me an expert. Then I found the limitations of 2D; so one by one I started making creations in 3D as it gave me unlimited options. I started to learn 3D by using 3ds Max. I enjoyed and the process of working with 3D and I completely fell in love with it. I use 3ds Max only for my personal works, still using Illustrator at work.

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3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?

OO: Regarding the concepts of my portfolio pieces, I usually try to insert a gimmick about realistic social attitudes in my works. With time flying, my works should remind everybody of that period of time. And new approaches will keep everything fresh! I try to use storytelling methods to my work up to date.

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3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?

OO: I love the creations of Amandine Piu and Pokedstudio. Both of them use illustrations, animations, integrate characters and cool designs but differ in their style. All their works are so detailed, they are enjoyable and show a great intensity. Moreover, each character is so cool, fresh and colorful. I am really happy when viewing their works and they are inspired me very much.

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3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?

OO: I fell in love with how tidy working in ZBrush could be, so I have been practicing using that. It will be a valuable asset for enhancing my works.

Not only ZBrush – I also want to learn more about effects such as plug-ins for water, fire, dust, bomb explosions and so on.

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3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?

OO: Bangkok is a very hot city with many traffic jams, so I do not travel that often. When finished, sleeping is the best way to unwind for me. Switch off and recharge the batteries, to wake up fresh for the new day.

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3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take, and why?

OO: At first, I would dream of being the invisible man or the transformer. In my imagination, it would be a fantastic life if I could disappear, go everywhere I wish and do anything with freedom. On the other hand, it has a weak point as you have to be naked when using the power – ha ha! And it would be ridiculous because hiding is not suitable for a superhero. I think if you are a superhero, being a visible man is more important.

So Wolverine is the final superhero I want to be. I love him because he is tough, strong, aggressive, fast and immortal. How cool is he!

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Related links

Visit Ongie Ongushi's website
You can also find him on Facebook
The Keeper on 3dtotal.com
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