Victor's self-taught, almost accidental arrival in the 3D industry has resulted in his status as one of the most respected artists in Brazil. He talks to us about Trojan Horse was a Unicorn and his new Street Fighter III video.
The Street Fighter III: Fuurinkazan trailer was something of a revelation when it was posted on YouTube earlier this year. It married the game's trademark cartoon style with a level of character design and animation on a par with Pixar, and you could be forgiven for thinking it was created by a professional, big-budget animation studio. However, it was created by a only two people in their spare time: 3D artist Victor Hugo, and his friend Derek, who directed and animated the trailer.
The buzz the trailer created was phenomenal (it's been viewed almost 350,000 times at the time of writing), and it put Victor in the spotlight. The rendering, character design and lighting are the result of the eight years Victor's spent in various jobs around his native city of Sao Paolo in Brazil. Initially training as a history teacher, he found that 3D art was more engaging and fun, and - more importantly - could pay the bills.
At a mere 26 years old Victor's already established an enviable career path, and this year sees him attend the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn CG artist festival in Portugal as a speaker. It's his sheer wide-eyed enthusiasm for the industry that really shines through, and we talked to him about his life so far, his tips for working in 3D art, and just how good he is at making a cup of coffee.
Your "awesome" Street Fighter III trailer has had lots of attention - what inspired you to create it?
Haha! Thanks for the "awesome"! The original idea came from my passion for fighting games. I always loved fighting games, not only for the challenge that they bring, but because many of them have a lot of background story that people usually don't pay attention to. If you look around the web, you will find A LOT of animations and short movies about Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li, but it's always a sparring fight in woods or an alley!