Hello Neil, could you tell us a bit about yourself please?

Neil: My name is Neil Maccormack. I am a freelance 3D artist and concept designer from England who is currently living in Geneva, Switzerland.

3DTotal: What first got you hooked on 3D?
Neil: I was first exposed to 3D graphics when I was studying computer science at university, but I have been interested in graphics of all types, and art in general, from an early age. I was playing around withearly versions of Lightwave 3D at university,
but it wasn’t until much later that I found myself creating my own artwork. After receiving positive feedback for it, I began to realise that this is what I wanted to do with my life.

So how did an English boy end up working in Geneva as a freelance artist?

Neil: Via the wonderful world of advertising. When I left university, I started out
working for an agency and doing a mixture of IT and graphic work. After many years of learning, studying and teaching myself 3D, I was offered a similar advertising role for the same agency, but in Switzerland. So I made the move and continued my work as before. After even more soul destroying years still in the advertising business, I finally made the switch to freelancing and I haven’t looked back since
    3DTotal: Now that you mentioned your fondness for using Photoshop, it clears up why you have a few matte paintings in your portfolio. But why Matte Painting?
Neil: Basically I love the realism of Matte Painting, and the integration of 2D and 3D elements. For me, seamlessly
    integrating futuristic 3D elements into a believable 2D environment is something I try to focus on, as I think it adds that something extra to the entire scene.

3DTotal: Your interest in Sci-Fi shows somewhat in your work. What is it about this particular genre that interests you?
Neil: I think it’s because of the
pure creative freedom that the
    genre allows you to have. You’re only restricted by your imagination. Basically what you can design, create and invent is limitless.  
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