3DTotal: Sorry, I meant creating the animals! Do you enjoy this more than other projects? Massimo: We definitely enjoy doing this. Most of the animals we create are just for personal projects, to have fun and also to improve our skills. We like to capture their peculiarity and in the future we would like to model scenes involving animals and humans, with the priority given to animals, obviously!
3DTotal: What are your secrets for creating these photo-real animal renders?
Massimo: I like to take photos, so this is my first resource. Whilst working on something I try to visualise the scene in the same way that I do with a camera. I am always learning and trying to get better results and improve my skills. What matters is the final result though, and often you don’t need to use advanced tools if you can achieve it by keeping things simple...
3DTotal: Your work is (or has been) featured on many sites, such as 3dtotal.com and cgsociety.org. How important has it been for you to use these sites as self-promotion? Massimo: Very important. As a freelance CG artist this is the main way to get seen. Also, some companies have contacted me through those websites. Currently one of the project i would like to mention that i'm involved with is an unannounced Next Gen console title for Lifeblood Games LLC
3DTotal: That sounds interesting! Can you reveal anything about this project?
Massimo: Not a lot to say yet but we are pretty excited about it. We love travelling and we feel that it could be a great experience on both sides - in work as well as in our relationship.
3DTotal: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists who want to leave their day job and follow their 3D dream?
Massimo: Following your own dreams is the most exciting thing ever. It is always tough at the beginning but with training and passion I think everything is possible. So, don’t give up! Just find your own way and try to identify yourself with what you do... A bit of luck also helps. 3DTotal: Thanks very much for talking to us and good luck for the future.