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Victor Hugo - 'Nightcrawler'


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Date Added: 17th July 2014

Brazilian artist, Victor Hugo, talks about the workflow he uses to create his youthful, vibrant and quirky character images...


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Back in May, Victor Hugo's image Nightcrawler narrowly missed out on the gallery award in the cartoon category by 3 points! Despite this, the image has still be immensely popular, so we thought we'd catch up with the man and the artist behind it...

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

Victor Hugo: My name is Victor Hugo, I'm a freelance 3D artist born, raised and based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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3dt: Tell us about your image Nightcrawler. Was it a challenge to create? What inspired it?

VH: Nightcrawler was a really enjoyable work. I was inspired by the awesome work of Randy Bishop. Among his amazing concept, what motivated me was the personal challenge to see how fast I could finish an illustration. It turns out that I was able to finish it in approximately eight hours!

3dt: Talk about the software you used to create Nightcrawler. Is this the same software you generally use?

VH: This one was created using 3ds Max, ZBrush and V-Ray, and yup, this is my default package! Haha! A curious fact: I've been using another render engine, but when Chaos Group launched V-Ray 3.0, I had to go back to it.

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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?

VH: I started by accident, my main focus was to raise some money for my graduation course, but I fell in love with digital art and dropped the graduation idea (by the way, I was planning to be a history teacher). My main software choices are 3ds Max, V-Ray, ZBrush and Photoshop.

I don't paint, I just do 3D illustration. I always loved digital painting, but since I'm incapable of painting, 3D was the perfect solution that I found to express what was in my mind that my painting skills weren't able to do. I'm a self-taught artist, so every skill that I know I learned from Googling or over the years working in studios.

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
VH: Basically, I always try to challenge myself. I pick a theme that I like and try to do an illustration of it, including some techniques that I don't know or haven't mastered. It's easier to study if you're applying your knowledge to something, instead of just doing random/meaningless tests.

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

VH: Woah, that's an extensive list! Haha! I'm a huge fan of 2D artists like Skottie Young, Lois Van Baarle (Loish) and Ben Hickling… mostly because every time I see their work I think "Man, I wish I had done that!” I think this is a good parameter for admiring someone's work. I'm also a HUGE Caravaggio fan – his personal history is SO intense and full of curious facts, and his lighting skills are far beyond my comprehension… totally mind-blowing.

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

VH: As I said, I can't paint. So, it would be great for me to learn how to paint digitally. I think this would help me a lot to improve my sketch skills and it's a great and way to pre-visualize ideas before going to 3D.

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

VH: I generally play videogames, watch some TV series on Netflix or even do some 3D for fun!

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

VH: Haha! That's a tricky one, but my favorite super-power is super-speed! Speed travels, superhuman reflexes… this would be totally awesome. And after seeing that Quicksilver scene in the new X-Men movie… I want that skill!

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(ID: 288023, pid: 0) Juanpax on Mon, 21 July 2014 12:53am
Great work mate love the cartoony style in this charcaters this is almost the exact same style I have when creating mine characters. You are Great wish you the best of luck mate!! Keep the good art coming.

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