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Juan Diego Borda Cepeda: illustrator & concept artist interview


By 3dtotal staff

Web: https://www.artstation.com/borda (will open in new window)

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Date Added: 25th April 2018
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Colombian concept artist and illustrator Juan Diego Borda Cepeda is transitioning into the world of concept art, learning all the time. Find out more...


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3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Juan Cepeda: Hi, I'm Juan, and I'm currently living in Bogotá. I'm an illustrator and I always love saying I'm a concept artist as well, since I discovered this amazing, beautiful, and inspiring "concept art world” a few months ago when I graduated from the illustration program. I love movies, videogames, anime, painting with my Wacom, and currently I'm taking a couple of online concept art courses, trying to push my art skills.

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One of my skills is the use of photobashing to make a stronger image

3dt: Tell us about your art: your style, themes, genre, and some of the favorite projects you have worked on.
JC: Well, I think my style tends to be realistic and I like the post-apocalyptic and sci-fi genre. I try to create that 'Beyond Human' or 'After Earth' feeling in my paintings, that is the kind of themes and genres I like. I had the chance to work in the animation industry for a few months, working on a children's animated TV series as an illustrator and prop designer. I loved this, it was really eye opening and a great experience, but for now I'm studying and want to focus more on concept art. This is really my passion.

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It's important to be able to create a new environment from an image overpaint, saves a lot of time

3dt: Can you describe your typical workflow, and the software/hardware you normally use when creating your artwork?
JC: I usually paint the things that I like and that I feel comfortable with when I'm working on personal projects, and I try to put something useful (in my opinion) when doing commissions or other work. I use Photoshop, Sketchup, and I'm learning Modo 3D. I also use KeyShot. I usually start brainstorming some ideas and I try to respect the order from a very basic sketch, to the final render, and look of the piece.

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Here the composition and the elements in the foreground reinforces the focal point

3dt: What inspires you?
JC: I always try to do something and try to relate the activity to art; if it's watching a movie or playing some videogame, or even if I'm walking around in the street, I try to think "How can I paint that?” or "What if I move this to the other side and change proportions?” Something like that… and then I go home and focus on the way I can translate that information into a painting.

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Creating an interesting mood helps improve the storytelling

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
JC: I think the secret is never stop doing and studying, I know that this is a very competitive and hardworking field and although I'm just starting, I want to prove to myself that I can create great art and prove to the other people and encourage them to fight for their dreams as well. Yes, there's a lot of frustration, and you will never feel comfortable in that aspect, I know… you must apply and learn from failures.

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Separating every plane allows to read depth in a simpler way

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
JC: My favorite foreign digital artists are Goro Fujita, Masahiro Sawada, and Florent Lebrun, and Colombian digital artists such as Julian Calle, Juan Pablo Corredor, and Juan Pablo Roldan. I think they are all very passionate, constant and talented people, very hardworking people, seeing their art (which is already at another amazingly high-quality level) and the way they interact with people through social media, it gives me an idea of how they might work and how I would have to see things around me to improve myself. That's also very inspiring to me… I'm working on my skills and hopefully someday I can work alongside with them.

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The use of the angle improved the scene a lot and made it look more interesting

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
JC: As I said before, I'm just starting in this field, and I want to be that person trying to become a better artist. I also think this job shapes great human beings. I'll try to be a great artist and learn a lot from the amazing artists on this path as well. You can be sure that whatever I'm posting, it's something that I really enjoyed and loved doing!

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The silhouettes will allow you to read and better understand the entire composition

Related links

Juan Diego Borda Cepeda's website
Juan on Instagram
Juan on Facebook

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