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Mini interview with Csaba Bánáti

By 3dtotal staff

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Date Added: 5th March 2014

Csaba Bánáti is an enthusiastic arch-viz artist whose recent Capsule Homes vision of the near-future was well-received. He puts aside his plectrum to chat to us...


Csaba Bánáti's Capsule Homes image was well received by the 3dtotal community – it currently stands at 5 stars after a whopping 6,000+ views. We chat to the man behind this dystopian vision...

3dtotal staff: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Csaba Bánáti: Hi all, my name is Csaba Bánáti and I'm a 3D artist from Budapest, Hungary, working as an architectural visualizer. Almost 2 years ago I finished University as an architect but I couldn't really see myself as one. When I was offered 2 jobs – an architect and a visualizer, I chose the obvious one, ha! Now I couldn't be happier. Every morning I gladly go to 'work' because I know here's another day to create some beautiful art.

As a child I drew a lot until high school where I basically didn't do anything useful. I loved all the animation movies and all kinds of 3D animation stuff, and somehow I managed to learn that almost every one of these are made with 3ds Max. Luckily I could get a demo version so could goof around with it. If I saw something interesting anywhere, I searched for tutorials to make it.

At the end of high school I got very sad because art slipped out of my life – that's why I chose architecture. Here I could get myself back into drawing and I'm still taking classes. This is one of my favorite hobbies besides playing the guitar.

"In my opinion you can't do a great picture just in 3ds Max. You have to use at least some color balance or curve"

3dt: Tell us the story behind your artwork: What brought you into the digital art world and what software do you use?

CB: First I took 3D seriously during University, when I started to co-operate with one of my friends, Viktor Fretyán. We did a few projects together but it soon became clear that he is the talented one! He was extremely dedicated since the very beginning which I still admire. He is kind of a role model for me in architectural visualization.

I always use 3ds Max with V-Ray and Photoshop. In the last few years I've become more and more of a Photoshop guy, since I discovered how effective it can be. In my opinion you can't do a great picture just in 3ds Max. You have to use at least some color balance or curve.


3dt: How did you learn to paint digitally?

CB: I've never taken any class in it. Now I'm lying because at university I took one semester of 3ds Max but it was a boring starter class. I just needed some good grades to correct my academic average, ha! So I'm all self-taught.

At the office I have the opportunity to watch people working and I must say it's astonishingly useful. Everybody uses the software a little differently so you can learn one or two tiny (or not tiny) little things and it can improve your technique or speed! So keep your eyes open!

"A very good way to create beautiful pictures is to participate in different contests"

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?

CB: Uhh, I don't. My portfolio barely contains a few pictures. That's because I'm not satisfied with them at all. But a very good way to create beautiful pictures is to participate in different contests. This way you have to sit in front of your computer for a few days and nights and can keep thinking and sinking into your concept. It's very intense but at least it works for me. This way you can't stall finishing your picture.


3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?

CB: As I mentioned earlier, mostly Viktor Fretyán in architectural visualization. Of course, I love and analyze all the works of Peter Guthrie, Alex Roman or Ronen Bekerman but still Viktor is the one who combines all the skills I wish for.

I check a few sites on a daily basis searching for great pictures and it's more and more easy to find them because people are developing amazingly. Unfortunately I'm terribly awful with names so I can't tell you any.

In traditional art I prefer the ones who create figure drawings and use their tools with passion. Again I'm really bad with names but maybe my most favorite is Jon Wayshak. He makes these kind of twisted images with real emotions. As I watch these pictures I almost see him scratching and splashing the ink and paint.


3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?

CB: 3ds Max and Photoshop mostly. I know a few things but as you go deeper and deeper you discover that there's more depth. And of course there are tons of plug-ins and scripts which are worth using swiftly. Luckily that's a never-ending story. But if I had more time I would definitely learn to use ZBrush or Mudbox because I've always wanted to try out sculpting.

3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?

CB: I really like live music, especially the harder genres. I'm a regular concert-goer. On the other hand I have a very-very amateur kind of metal band. There I can play and shout out all the stress piled up inside of me. Friends, music and beer are the best recipe for me.

If I work in the night the next day is always drinking coke, eating pizza and watching some crappy movie at home which I can just stare at and not think at all. Somehow I can't sleep during the day so I have to survive till night. I usually do some automatic drawing on these days too. Or do all the above at the same time.


3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take, and why?

CB: Hmm. Hard question! My favorite superhero is clearly Spiderman, but I couldn't really use his powers here. We have no skyscrapers at all, so maybe someone with the ability to stay awake always. Maybe there's no such superhero but I definitely could use that! I'd really appreciate some extra time! But hey, Superman could do that, couldn't he? But I don't really like him...

Thanks for the interview, it's very honorable to be here!

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