searching for bugs or errors to prevent problems with the final release. And of course, we get to see every new feature before everyone else.
You have a brilliant portfolio of work, but the image that stands out to me the most is Showtime. Can you tell me a little bit about the image and what it was that made you decide to sculpt it?
Thanks! Showtime is a tribute to the amazing artist Richard Macdonald. I'm very inspired by his work, and I was fortunate enough to visit one of his galleries in Las Vegas last year. To be honest it made me feel like a little bee in a large forest. His work is impressive in every way, so I decided to reproduce one of his works (or die trying).
Is traditional sculpting something that you have tried before?
I have tried it before, but it's very different to using 3D so I need to practice it more to develop my skills. Right now I'm focusing on my 3D art, but I'll definitely give it more attention in the future.
You seem to have a fantastic understanding of human anatomy. Did you study specifically to achieve this or is it something that has developed over time through observation?
Understanding anatomy requires pure, hard work. I study anatomy every day and I try to pay as much attention as I can to it. It's the most important aspect of a well-built character.
What are the opportunities like for a CG artist in Brazil? Do you find that you do a lot of work for international clients?
Here in Brazil the games and film market is a little baby compared to the USA. The industry is starting to grow here, but most of the CG industry in Brazil is focused on advertising. As a freelancer the opportunities for a Brazilian artist are growing a lot. We have some amazing 3D and 2D artists here and I'm sure they have plenty of work.
I have to admit that I speak to a lot of artists, both 3D and 2D, who come from South America. Is there something in the culture that encourages the growth of artists?
Yes! The fact that we have no encouragement at all! In Brazil people still have that preconception that art is not a real profession and a lot of people don't even know that you can make a living out of it. It's getting better now, with several new talented artists having emerged recently, but the art industry here is still very poor.