3DTotal: Hello, could you introduce yourself to us and give us a bit of info about your background in 3D? Christoph: Hello, my name is Christoph Bader and people consider me to be 3D Artist. I’m currently living in Germany and I’m doing my alternative service here which is a civilian national service that you can do instead of going to the army, where I’m doing a community service in a rehabilitation centre. Besides this, I’m also quite interested in music (passive), sport (active) and machines of all kind, but it’s more from an aesthetic point of view, rather than how they actually work. I’m also doing some web design, logos, flyers and a lot other stuff. People may know me best on the deviantart website as “d0rn”, which comes from the German word that means “Thorne”, which refers, somehow, to my personality.
3DTotal: Could you explain a bit about why you prefer the aesthetic side to machinery rather than how they actually work? Christoph: I think that science and technology are driven by beauty somehow, and on the other hand I just like the shapes and forms of old engines and stuff. People can’t create something just because of it’s functionality, there always remains beauty in the machines we create. When people see a “machine” they can always feel it’s character - it’s “soul” - and that’s somehow what makes it beautiful and interesting.
3DTotal: You have adapted a very unique style to your work, could you tell us a little about it? Christoph: I wouldn’t describe my style as unique at all and I’m not trying to be “unique”. I’m just doing what fits my skills and the way I work so I can enjoy what I do. Every time I start something new, there’s an ambition to reach a higher level, as I’m not very fond of doing a picture the complete same way again, just because it’ll look good. I compare my style to some kind of abstract architecture and construction, because some shapes of the more abstract pictures are reminiscent to me of modern buildings and so on.
3DTotal: Some of your sculpture images are very complex and involve many shapes. Do you do any preliminary drawings before you model, or do you just start and see what happens? Christoph: No, my ideas go straight from my brain through my arm, to my hand and then onto the screen. Sometimes an idea is just created while modelling something senseless. I know many people need to visualize their ideas first, via pen and paper, but that has never been the case for me. I think this method works very well for me as the program is my paper and the mouse is my pen.
3DTotal:With not having any sketch references to your work, how long on average would you spend on an image? Christoph: While designing and modelling, time just flies away. So I can’t really tell. There’s some kind
of meditative feeling to it and if there’s no deadlines and modelling is enjoyable, then the whole process can take an infinity. On the other hand, that doesn’t mean that the image will look good. But something
that is fact is that 3D abstracts don’t take as much time and effort as robots or other ‘real’ objects do. But abstract pieces are somehow way more fun.