Who are you?
I'm an artist who specializes in scifi and fantasy artwork. I am
currently a Technical Director at Pixar
I previously worked for Blur Studio
Venice, and I still do personal art
when I find the time. I also run a metal webzine called Soul
Killer, where I review new metal and have a news
section. I also wrote a bunch of MAXScripts
for 3DStudio MAX. For my biography, go here.
What software and computer do you use?
My main piece of 3d software is 3DStudio MAX by Autodesk,
I also use Adobe Photoshop to paint
textures and do compositing, Brazil
to make my fonts.
- All work pre 1998 was done on a P100 with 64megs of
- 1998 to 2001 on a PII333 with 128 megs of RAM.
- 2001 till 2005 on an AMD
1800 with a
Gig of RAM.
- 2005 till 2008 on a Dual Opteron 248 with 2 Gigs
of RAM, nVidia Geforce 6800 Ultra Extreme 256MB.
- 2008 till 2011 present on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450, 8
Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 280 1GB.
- 2011 till the present on an Intel i7-950 3.06Ghz Quad-core,
24 Gigs of RAM, nVidia Geforce GTX 570 1.28GB.
What graphics card would you recommend? What computer should I
I really don't know much about hardware, that is one area of computers
that really doesn't interest me, I ask friends what they recommend and
I buy it, beyond that I don't know much I'm afraid.
Where can I get cracked versions of software? Can you
help me use my cracked piece of software?
I am a registered user of 3DStudio MAX, and have been for many years.
If you choose to illegally use the software instead of buying it,
your decision, I am not going to play police, however, I can't help you
Why didn't you answer my email immediately?
I promise I will answer all email as promptly as I can, but due to high
volumes, I cannot answer everything instantly, so I ask you to be
Could you include a link to my website in your Artist Links page?
My 3D Artists links are to works that totally inspire and blow me away.
It's not a list of any and all the artists on the web. I get a lot of
asking to be included on this list, which is troubling
since you've now placed me in a position where I have to tell you if
your work "blows me away". I have in fact got several threatening
from people who were furious that I chose to not include their
webpage on this list because their work was not top 1% in my opinion
(and my opinion is just that, an opinion, not worth more or less then
else's opinion), so I'd ask you to please avoid directly asking me for
a link. Thanks.
Can you send me the max file for your artwork?
That would be the equivalent of asking a traditional artist "can I
have one of your original oil paintings". While computers do allows us
to all have exact copies of the same information, giving someone one of
my original max files means I no longer have control over it's use,
and it's the only concrete proof of ownership. So I'm afraid the answer
is no. However, I have been know to give materials and pieces of max
away in the CG
section. And I'm willing to answer specific questions via email.
What is your ICQ number?
I don't use ICQ or any other instant messaging system.
The images on your website are small, why don't you release
I used to release larger images in the past, until some nasty people
printed those images and started selling them without my permission and
without any credit given to me as the original artist. I have also had
my artwork appear mysteriously in magazines and on cd covers without my
consent, so now I only release smaller images so they don't look good
What school should I go to to learn 3d? / How did you learn 3d?
I'm not well aquatinted with 3d schools, I did all my 3d learning at
home, first reading the tutorials, then making image after image,
on technique and content for over 10 years. I personally believe that
how to be an artist, drawing, painting, color theory, anatomy,
these are the things to learn, and then apply that knowledge to any
you choose, 3d software is something you can learn from tutorials on
own. So maybe going to an art school is a better idea. While some 3d
schools are getting better at teaching a variety of topics, others
teach nothing more than which buttons to
Without a good grasp of basic artistic skills, no matter how many
you know how to press, you'll probably still have a hard time, so I do
recommend finding a school that teaches good art fundamentals.
Can I use a piece of artwork that already exists on your website
for our band's album cover?
Sorry, but no. When I make a piece of art, I make it for a purpose,
and I don't like to then take that art and use it for another purpose
It's like hearing a specific song you loved in your teens used 10 years
later to sell hotdogs, I don't care how good the hotdogs are, the song
is not about hotdogs, and using it sorta devalues the original purpose
of the song.
Can you help me with an advanced technique in max? Where can I
more about max?
General question about techniques in max should be asked at the The Area, an
Autodesk support forum, lots of professionals
there ready to answer questions (including me). More general 3d
questions can be asked at another good forum, CGTalk. I've had
ask me questions like "How do I animate a completely believable human?"
Well, if you look at my site, I have never modeled a human, and I
really don't do a lot of animating (I much prefer
texturing and lighting), so those are the kinds of questions I'm really
not qualified to answer, and why I recommend these forums. But if you
have a question that's specific to me,
how I achieved a specific effect in a particular piece, please
Where can I learn more about Brazil? Can you tell me how to use
Brazil is a renderer by Splutterfish
that I currently use for most of my work. I have included several
on the subject in my CG
section, and for questions and such, I'd ask you to visit the Splutterfish
Can I include some of your images on my online art gallery?
Sure, I'd appreciate it! All I ask is my name is with them, a link to
site, and send me some email when they're online so I can make sure
represented properly. Thanks.