I see from your profile that you're currently working freelance. Can you tell us how you came to be involved with CG and why you chose the freelance route?
My interest in CG began when I started to first play games on a PC. I began to imagine what could be found in a few pixels and started to create my visions on paper and other forms of art. Later, I joined a school with the intention of promotional and classical art forms. 3D applications were missing however.
There were more reasons why I chose the freelance route, the main one being the lack of job offers in my country (gaming and film companies). The second is that as a freelancer I have a chance to work on many different types of projects, meet interesting people and lose my temper over dodgers and so on (Laughs).
What was it specifically about the Diablo 2 intro that sparked such a definitive decision to pursue a career in CG?
There is no specific reason except the all-round high quality CG containing great characters, their transformations, particle effects, animations, simulations, music and - most importantly - the story. I think that the Wanderer being morphed into the shape of Diablo, Tyrael with his wings and other great stuff by Blizzard made many of us say, "Wow, this is what I want to know and do!"
What was it like working on Mafia 2 as a supervisor and senior artist, and what were the main challenges you faced?
Working on Mafia 2 was really interesting. As a supervisor I was responsible for passing on the correct technological procedures to junior character artists and checking their output for further usage. As a senior artist I produced members of the Mafia clans and civilian folks. The work consisted of high poly, low poly, UV preparation, texturing, skinning,