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Alexandre Mougenot: CG artist interview

Alexandre Mougenot

Character Artist

Supinfocom Arles 4th year student Alexandre Mougenot is working on becoming a CG character and creature artist, specializing in ZBrush, and if recent work is anything to go by he is well on his way. Check out more…

Alexandre's Portfolio

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Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?

Alexandre

My name is Alexandre Mougenot, I am 21 years old, I live in Antibes in the south of France, and I’m a fourth year student in CG animation at Mopa School (Supinfocom Arles). I would like to be a CG character and creature artist that specializes in ZBrush. I also love a lot of software like 3ds Max, Maya, Substance Painter, Marvelous Designer, Ornatrix, V-Ray, and Photoshop .

Dwarf in a tree
Dwarf in a tree -  This is the first picture of a very short film I realized with a friend during our third year at Mopa School

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What was the workflow behind your latest gallery image? Where did the idea come from?

Alexandre

We had an exercise at school that was to fully reproduce an illustration that we liked. So, I modeled the Samuraï from the fantastic art of Hua Lu, the winner of the last ArtStation Challenge. This exercise helped me to discover a great workflow within ZBrush, and allowed me to work more neatly. Thanks to this workflow I sculpted the Little Gladiator faster with ZBrush, Maya, V-Ray, Ornatrix, Substance Painter, and Photoshop.

Magician playing card trick
Magician -  Based on the incredible work of Denis Zilber

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What challenges did the image present? Did you learn something new?

Alexandre

For the Little Gladiator, there were many challenges. The first was to sculpt a tiger in a cartoon style, and I had never done that before. It was very interesting because I learned a lot about the anatomy of a quadruped. Second was the posing, to get a good interaction between the both characters, and to give them life in one picture. And the bigger challenge was the fur on the tiger. It was the first time I tried to sculpt fur onto a character and I loved that. It’s inspired my new character which I will try to finish soon.

skeleton Samuraï
Samuraï -  Based on the awesome art of Hua Lu

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

Alexandre

I have a website, and it’s always up-to-date. When I finish a project, I immediately post it. I think it’s very important to keep all the files clean for the demo-reel. Everything is ready for my portfolio at every moment.

whale pokemon fan art
A fan-art I did for a future illustration with a friend

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Alexandre

I haven’t finished my studies yet, so I will realize a short film this year with a new team, and next I will work on my diploma film. During my free time I will sculpt a lot of characters with different challenges. And maybe, I will do collaboration with talented friends to improve ourselves.

gladiator girl holding lion
Little Gladiator -  Based on the fantastic art of Luigi Lucarelli

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