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Interview with Dragos Jieanu


By Richard Tilbury

Web: http://www.jieanu.com/ (will open in new window)
Email: moc.oohay@ijsogard

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Date Added: 17th January 2012
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You have been working in the CG industry for over ten years now, but how did you get involved in this sector?

The story began a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, back in my childhood years. Drawing has been my greatest hobby since I was a kid; I had a true passion for it. Later on, a friend of mine introduced me to 3D Studio Max and I was literally blown away. I bought every book that I could get my hands on, and started learning. When I turned 18 I was hired by Antena1, one of the main TV stations in Romania. I was very fortunate to meet some really great people there, notably Mihai Anghelescu (http://www.anghelescu.net) who was my first "teacher" He was patient enough to teach me everything he knew about TV broadcasting, graphics, and what real production meant.

Is there a big CG industry in Romania and how easy is it to get experience there if you are keen on getting into films or video games?


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It seems from your resume that you have been a 3D generalist and matte painter for some time now, but which areas do you tend to spend most time working in and what are your favorite disciplines?

I think expressing myself through concept art and illustrations gives me the most satisfaction. 3D takes a lot of time, especially production-ready 3D. I always try to avoid it and use as much Photoshop as possible, since 2D is getting a lot closer to the "what you see is what you get" feeling.

When working on illustrations, I never pay attention to clean meshes or production workflow given it's a static frame and the fact that I can always correct it in Photoshop. My favorite part is, of course, putting it all together and seeing my final work come to life.

What types of projects interest you the most and why?

I love the sci-fi and fantasy genres since there's more creativity involved, endless possibilities and the imagination can run as wild as it wants. I don't try to recreate reality anymore as I see it every day. I can spend two weeks working on a photorealistic interior design, or I can use my camera for two minutes and I'm done. Not so mind-expansive, is it?

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(ID: 81436, pid: 0) Zeeshan Rana on Tue, 24 January 2012 2:04pm
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