Find out how the talented Brazilian sculptor Rafael Grassetti landed a role at Sony as Character Art Supervisor.
Who are you and what do you do for a job?
My name is Rafael Grassetti and I live in San Diego, California, working as a character art supervisor at Sony.
What were your childhood inspirations and earliest artistic memory?
I've drawn since I was a kid; I remember spending weekends drawing and playing with oils and clay. I tried to copy characters from cartoons and comics, and because of that I started to develop a passion for comics and characters in general.
What training have you had (if any)?
I started to play with 3D when I was about 14 years old. That helped me decide what I was going to do with my career and so I started to do short courses in many different areas of CG. Simulation, animation and sculpture were some of them.
After school I started studying graphic design at university, but I was working at the same time and after six months I had to transfer my degree to industrial design at a different school. I ended up never finishing it because of work.
Are there any particular schools or courses that you'd recommend?
I personally recommend all the courses you can find. Especially when you are just starting out. I believe that the student is the one who make the course, not the teacher. There is always something you can learn from someone.
After you get more experience in the industry it's always good to search for teachers that you appreciate the work of and who you know have experience, rather than for the course itself.
What was your first job in the industry and how did you get it?
I started at a very young age at one of the biggest advertising studios in Brazil. I basically got the job because of the personal portfolio I'd created in one year of studying.
I like to say that my first job was really my school. I learned a lot of what I know today at that place.
What can people expect from working in the industry?
Experiences vary from studio to studio. I had great experiences at some places and not so great at others. When you work and deal with clients, a lot of things can happen. But overall it's an awesome and very rewarding industry. I have fun and enjoy it every day at work.
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