Popular graphic designer, Ongie Ongush, and creator of The Keeper, gives us the lowdown on his inspirations and working methods
Piyavachara Arunotai (better known as Ongie Ongushi) is a talented 3D artist with his own personal style, living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. His recent gallery entry, The Keeper, has so far racked up 4 and half stars from a whopping 552 votes. 3dtotal asked him a few questions...
3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
I am Piyavachara Arunotai, better known as Ongie Ongushi. I live in Bangkok, in Thailand. I work full-time as a graphic designer for the Tang Hua Seng department store. As a hobby, I spend my time creating 3D creations which can be found on my site
3dt: Tell us the story behind your artwork: What brought you into the digital art world and what software do you use?
At the beginning, I started with Illustrator
for designing humans, creating characters and artwork. I was very happy when used it. It was fun and helped to make me an expert. Then I found the limitations of 2D; so one by one I started making creations in 3D as it gave me unlimited options. I started to learn 3D by using 3ds Max
. I enjoyed and the process of working with 3D and I completely fell in love with it. I use 3ds Max only for my personal works, still using Illustrator at work.
3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
Regarding the concepts of my portfolio pieces, I usually try to insert a gimmick about realistic social attitudes in my works. With time flying, my works should remind everybody of that period of time. And new approaches will keep everything fresh! I try to use storytelling methods to my work up to date.
3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
I love the creations of Amandine Piu
. Both of them use illustrations, animations, integrate characters and cool designs but differ in their style. All their works are so detailed, they are enjoyable and show a great intensity. Moreover, each character is so cool, fresh and colorful. I am really happy when viewing their works and they are inspired me very much.
3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
I fell in love with how tidy working in ZBrush
could be, so I have been practicing using that. It will be a valuable asset for enhancing my works.
Not only ZBrush – I also want to learn more about effects such as plug-ins for water, fire, dust, bomb explosions and so on.
3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
Bangkok is a very hot city with many traffic jams, so I do not travel that often. When finished, sleeping is the best way to unwind for me. Switch off and recharge the batteries, to wake up fresh for the new day.
3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take, and why?
At first, I would dream of being the invisible man or the transformer. In my imagination, it would be a fantastic life if I could disappear, go everywhere I wish and do anything with freedom. On the other hand, it has a weak point as you have to be naked when using the power – ha ha! And it would be ridiculous because hiding is not suitable for a superhero. I think if you are a superhero, being a visible man is more important.
So Wolverine is the final superhero I want to be. I love him because he is tough, strong, aggressive, fast and immortal. How cool is he!
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