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Vitaly Varna: 3D artist interview

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Date Added: 18th January 2016

December gallery winner with 'The Bird', 3D artist Vitaly Varna discusses the process and collaboration behind this image, and his goals for the future...



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

Vitaly Varna: Hi 3dtotal community! My name is Vitaly Varna. Right now I'm 19 years old, and I've been creating 3D art for 3 years now (attempting to...) Before that I was doing video editing, which is the thing that led me to the world of 3D. I'm currently living in Lithuania and working in a 3D visualisation studio, as well as freelancing on the side.


3dt: Where did you find the inspiration for your latest gallery entry? What's the story behind its creation?

VV: I started working on a prototype right about when I met Pavel Kandibey (he did the art-direction and post-production for this image). I showed him a preview and we agreed to work on this together. I think he gave me the energy. I owe everything to him!

3dt: What software and plug-ins did you use to create this image? Did you face any difficulties, and how did you overcome them?

VV: The main software was 3ds Max and V-Ray. For detailing I used ZBrush, and MARI for texturing. The difficulties started right away from the beginning, when Pavel Kandibey made me prepare a library of references, write the story down on paper, and give me a ton of lectures. But the biggest challenge was to build the whole scene realistically, and for that we also spoke with an architect, an expert in aviation, and even a camera operator to help us with the composition. It was a big jump for me, the only way to overcome this was to take it easy and focus.


3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?

VV: I want to work in cinematics and possibly films. This is definitely a goal I'm working towards. I especially like the work Blur Studio produce.

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

VV: I'm currently getting my hands on 3D-Coat and Speedtree, both are amazing programs and they help me a lot. In the near future I want to mainly take a look at world machine and allegorithmic's products. There's a million and one of things for me to expand and learn, so I'm in a constant search for information.


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

VV: I suppose, for me it is pretty natural to be consistent with my work and practice all the time – I tend to think I don't work enough though. I think all you need is some love to what you're doing and a clear vision of what you want to achieve, motivation and everything else falls into place then. My portfolio is lame though, so don't take my words for granted – ha.


3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?

VV: Definitely some more fun collaborations with Pavel and my further attempts at 3D art!


Related links

Check out Vitaly's ArtStation
The Bird won December's gallery competition
Grab a copy of 3ds Max Projects

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