3DTotal: Hello Neil, could you tell us a bit about yourself please? Neil: My name is Neil Maccormack. I am a freelance 3D artist and concept designer from England who is currently living in Geneva, Switzerland.
3DTotal: What first got you hooked on 3D? Neil: I was first exposed to 3D graphics when I was studying computer science at university, but I have been interested in graphics of all types, and art in general, from an early age. I was playing around withearly versions of Lightwave 3D at university,
but it wasn’t until much later that I found myself creating my own artwork. After receiving positive feedback for it, I began to realise that this is what I wanted to do with my life.
3DTotal: So how did an English boy end up working in Geneva as a freelance artist? Neil: Via the wonderful world of advertising. When I left university, I started out
working for an agency and doing a mixture of IT and graphic work. After many years of learning, studying and teaching myself 3D, I was offered a similar advertising role for the same agency, but in Switzerland. So I made the move and continued my work as before. After even more soul destroying years still in the advertising business, I finally made the switch to freelancing and I haven’t looked back since
3DTotal: Now that you mentioned your fondness for using Photoshop, it clears up why you have a few matte paintings in your portfolio. But why Matte Painting? Neil: Basically I love the realism of Matte Painting, and the integration of 2D and 3D elements. For me, seamlessly
integrating futuristic 3D elements into a believable 2D environment is something I try to focus on, as I think it adds that something extra to the entire scene.
3DTotal: Your interest in Sci-Fi shows somewhat in your work. What is it about this particular genre that interests you? Neil: I think it’s because of thepure creative freedom that the
genre allows you to have. You’re only restricted by your imagination. Basically what you can design, create and invent is limitless.