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Benoit Regimbal Cote: 3D artist interview

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Date Added: 18th February 2015

Benoit Regimbal Cote shares some of his portfolio and talks about his incredibly detailed 3D illustrations of everyday life...



3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Ben Regimbal Cote: I'm Ben, I have been a 3D artist for almost 2 decades now. Feels like a long time! Nowadays, I am an art director for my company, MilkPresso, here in Korea.

3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?
BRC: Just to keep on creating more art.

Daily Life

3dt: Tell us the story behind your recent gallery entry, Viking Life: What inspired you to create it?
BRC: It's the third 3D illustration in this series. It follows the Kimchi family in a different setting; country life, city life, and this time in the Viking era.

3dt: Did you face any difficulties when creating this image, and how did you overcome them?
BRC: I had so many ideas, characters and funny situations I wanted to include, it was a challenge to make everything I wanted and still make it appealing to the eye without being necessarily too over-crowed or too busy.

City Life

3dt: What software did you use and do you have any tips for using this software, or any other software that you use to create your art in general?
BRC: Well, I still use 3ds Max and Photoshop. I know people say the tools don't make the artist, which is true, but when you find tool that you are so comfortable with, it does make the experience a whole lot more fun.

3dt: Would you consider yourself to have a particular signature style, or techniques that you use often?
BRC: When I was a character artist for gaming, I suppose I had a particular style toward hand-painting characters. Nowadays, I try to touch on different techniques and styles. But in this series of illustrations, I wanted to keep this low-poly paper-craft feel.

Private Eye

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
BRC: I still want to do more with mental ray; I feel I haven't even scratched the surface yet. Also MODO seems like something I would enjoy working with.

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
BRC: Well I love to do art. I make time for it that's all.

3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
BRC: Spend more time with my son and my wife.

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
BRC: The fourth illustration in this series. It will probably be set in Joseon time time or... well, I'm not sure yet.

3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take?
BRC: A power that slows down time? Or maybe flying!

Viking Life

Related links:

Head over to Benoit's Behance
Visit Benoit's company site, MilkPresso
Viking Life earned nearly 500 points in the January gallery contest
Working with 3ds Max? Check out 3ds Max Projects
To see more by Benoit, check out Digital Art Masters: Volume 9

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