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Ronan Le Fur aka Dofresh: freelance concept artist interview


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Date Added: 3rd March 2016

Ronan Le Fur aka Dofresh shares his Lovecraft-inspired gallery images, and talks about his preferred working methods...


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3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Ronan Le Fur: My name is Ronan Le Fur, but my pseudonym is Dofresh. I am a freelance concept artist and illustrator living in Britanny, on the western coast of France. After more than ten years working as a CG artist (I specialized in textures, lighting and rendering) for various studios, I decided to become a freelance concept artist. Therefore, I still consider myself as a beginner.

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

RLF: I wanted to create a series of artworks inspired by the works of the horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft. He is a well known figure of the pop culture and I just wanted to bring my own modern vision of his universe. Most of the time (especially for commercials) I am asked to produce very vivid, clean and happy pictures. This time, I had the opportunity to create something different, a very dark and gloomy visual. It was very fun and fast to create (two to three days per artwork).

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

RLF: I used 3ds Max for the modelling and V-Ray for the rendering. A bit of ZBrush for some creatures. There was also a massive use of Photoshop in order to get the final result. I did not face any particular difficulty during the process. It allowed me to concentrate on lighting, composition and colors.

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3dt: Do you normally use this software in your workflow? What other software and plug-ins do you favor?

RLF: The 3ds Max/V-Ray/Photoshop combo is my typical workflow, I find it fast and reliable. One of the things I like the most in 3ds Max is the fact that there are many free scripts that you can use to solve almost any problem you could encounter.

3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?

RLF: I like to create cinematic artworks: pictures which convey a mood, an emotion, a story.

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

RLF: I have the following habit: each time I have an idea for an illustration I draw a few quick thumbnails in order to keep the idea for a future use. It allows me to never waste a potential good idea. Once you get a slowdown in your work you can pick one of your unfinished drafts and finish it.

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

RLF: For the digital part I like a lot Pascal Blanché; his use of colors is fantastic. I also love the works of the Steambot team. For the traditional part I like a lot of French comics artists such as Fred Blanchard, Olivier Vatine, Loisel, Moebius, to name a few.

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

RLF: I have just finished a series of sci-fi artworks featuring some mechas (yes, I do like to produce series). But until now I had never produced any heroic-fantasy artwork. I guess it will change in the next future. So you'd better expect some castles, knights, dragons and so on!

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Related links

Check out Dofresh's ArtStation
Dofresh's artwork in the 3dtotal gallery
Starting a project? Grab a copy of 3ds Max Projects
 
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