Hi Nicolas, could you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a little about how you first got started in 3D? Where did you study? And what was your first job in the industry?
My name is Nicolas Crombez. I started doing 3D on an Atari ST during the 80s. I then entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Tournai (Belgium) where I was trained on Imagine, then in around 1994 I moved on to LightWave (Amiga). I've never really worked in the industry exactly; I'm not interested. I come from a punky and alternative culture, and this is the way I want to live my life. I do however teach CG in an art school in Belgium.
So what happened in the 80's that led you to discover 3D?
Tron was a revelation for me and there were also video games such as Ballblazer or Simulcra that really excited my imagination. It was an immersion into pictures that I had never seen before. In the 80s 3D was a true technological innovation, and at the time the terms "innovation" or "revolution" were still very much restricted to a specialized audience and weren't in the hands of normal businesses. I was on the lookout for any progress in the field of popular 3D expansion and I discovered these mainly through print magazines and television. I naturally turned to studies in this domain.
You sparked interest across the internet when you created the epic-sized visual "A Picture"
. Could you tell us more about this project? What led you to produce it and what medium did you use in its creation?
This project was started around 2007 as a visual for a musical album for my project Deu Ter Ror (I still haven't finished it). My main aim with this project is to tell a story where the development takes place in space and not in a linear time (as in a movie). It is a sort of procession, a hierarchical organized gathering of people. This is a very common ritual in Belgium.
I've always been influenced and inspired by the great paintings and tapestries of Flemish Primitives. As a child I lost myself in them; every detail or portion of the painting took me on a different adventure.