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Ajay Pandey: Unreal game artist interview

Unreal game artist based in Japan, Ajay Pandey, talks about his gallery entry Cyber Turtle, and the inspirations that keep him going...

Unreal game artist based in Japan, Ajay Pandey, talks about his gallery entry Cyber Turtle, and the inspirations that keep him going...

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Ajay Pandey: My name is Ajay Pandey. I am 23 from India and living in Japan. I have over 3-and-a-half years experience in gaming. I am working as a character artist in a Japan-based gaming company. My current work includes modeling, texturing and rigging assets for games.

Turnaround in Unreal

Turnaround in Unreal

3dt: Tell us the story behind your recent gallery entry, Cyber Turtle: What inspired you to create it?
AP: This artwork is based on a concept by Konstantin Maystrenko. For this artwork, I wanted to experiment with the process of the whole pipeline for gaming. So I worked on hi-res modeling, low-poly, UV, baking, texturing, rigging and then learned how mocaps work. I then created some small gameplay in Unreal 4. This was a great learning experience and it also helped me to improve my other skills.

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
AP: I am learning Unreal Engine and PBR techniques right now and I am also learning anatomy. They all are important for me and worth learning.

Speed-sculpts

Speed-sculpts

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
AP: There are lot of artist who inspire me a lot, Simon Lee, Adrian Smith, Rick Baker, Rafael Grassetti, Alessandro Baldasseroni, Krishnamurti Costa, Steve Lord, Frank Tzeng, Tsevetomir Georgiev, Cedric Seaut, Gilberto Magno, Majid Esmaeili, Bruno Camara and many more. They have great knowledge and inspirational artwork.

Speed-sculpts

Speed-sculpts

3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
AP: I surf a lot across forums and artwork websites. I watch interviews, workshops, tutorials and so on. I also play games to relieve stress.

Work on clothing

Work on clothing

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
AP: I am currently working on some models to improve my anatomy skills. I will post them soon.

WIP image of hi-res suit

WIP image of hi-res suit

3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take?
AP: I would like to be Wolverine. He has awesome super powers!

Real-time screenshot in Unreal

Real-time screenshot in Unreal

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