Plarium 3D artist Vladimir Silkin's ZBrush sculpt was a popular gallery entry last month – check out his inspiration and working methods...
3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Hi guys! I'm a 3D artist at Plarium
. I was born in the Ukraine, and I'm living in Kharkiv, the first capital of my country. I consider myself a self-taught artist, because I started my journey in 3D from the "Help” tab in 3ds Max
3dt: Where did you find the inspiration for your latest gallery entry, Servant views? What's the story behind its creation?
I was amazed and am still inspired by the fantastic artist, Anastasios Gionis
, and his concepts. I did this character during the outstanding course with Gio Nakpil.
3dt: What software and plug-ins did you use to create this image? Did you face any difficulties, and how did you overcome them?
I used ZBrush
for the sculpting process and Marmoset Toolbag 2
for rendering the final images. Nevertheless, I had difficulties creating the hands of my character. It was really important to create anatomy that would look natural in this particular case.
3dt: Do you normally use this software in your workflow? What other software and plug-ins do you favor?
My main 3D packages are 3ds Max for modeling and ZBrush for digital sculpting.
3dt: Are there any particular techniques that you use often? Or do you like to experiment?
I always start with the primary forms and volumes and gradually add details and shapes.
3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?
I want to be someone whose work will be inspirational for others artists. I want my characters to be used as a reference and want guys from the community to say, "Wow! His characters are awesome!"
3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
The way I see things is that software is not the point. You need to develop a knowledge of anatomy, proportions, volumes, gestures and sculpting skills. That's how I think.
3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
Just do your best. My goal is simple – each new character must be better than the previous one. This is the best way to expand your portfolio. And one more thing like Steve Jobs used to say – never stop learning and practice.
3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
Hit the "Follow” button in my ArtStation profile
and wait for more badass characters!
Check out "Servant views" in the 3dtotal gallery
Head over to Vladimir's ArtStation
Grab a copy of 3ds Max Projects