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Andrea Bertaccini: Tredistudio founder & gallery winner interview

Tredistudio founded and gallery winner for September, Andrea Bertaccini, talks about his ongoing Charlize Theron project, his story so far, and his daily inspirations…

Andrea's Website

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

Andrea

I studied architecture in Florence, in the years when you were forced to use a pencil, and no professor wanted to hear about computers. I approached this world thanks to military service; they put me in an office in front of a 486 saying “Go” – I didn't even know how it turned on.

Back home, I bought my first PC and started studying 3ds Max, it was the first version on windows, "and love bloomed" – attracted by the possibility of giving life to everything in my mind. I have been self-taught since 1996; being self-taught in those years was particularly complicated, there were no online resources, only a few books, and a great desire to experiment.

After a short period of suffering and much time spent on the computer I got passionate, then I casually began to collaborate with an architectural studio (Studio Lucchi & Biserni, www.studiolb.com) and from that moment I understood that my passion could also pay the bills. In 2000 we gave life to TREDISTUDIO © with the intention of integrating various competences in one structure which offered different services. We work in architectural visualization, character design, concept design, advertising, and everywhere we can use our creativity.

charlize theron with cigarette

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

Andrea

The Lorrane image is part of a personal project that I have been developing for some years, it is basically a FAN ART dedicated to Charlize Theron, and in particular this is the third step, preceded by Prometheus and Furiosa.

As I mentioned above, the project was born a couple of years ago. In this period I refined the model that is constantly evolving, I continue to correct small details, we can say that it is a perpetual work in progress.

I spent a lot of time deciding the pose of the character; I wanted to keep the class and the ambiguity of Atomic Blonde, that's why I placed the hidden gun on the arm that holds her inseparable cigarette, and on the ground the drink that never leaves her, the iced STOLY.

female character designs cg

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

Andrea

A fundamental part in the performance of the character has been the hair; unfortunately 3ds Max does not have a fiber engine as good as Maia (X-Gen), so I had to learn Ornatrix. I'm not an expert in it but I must say that I was very happy with the purchase, it is very powerful and its system of modifiers allows a lot of flexibility.

charlize theron character model
charlize theron model
cg modelling
boots and alcohol modelling
charlize theron with cigarette and sunglasses cg

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Do you use any other software, either for work or personal projects?

Andrea

My pipeline was always built on 3ds Max. It is my core application by now (never say never) but I use some other software for my personal and professional projects, like ZBrush (that I love), The ADOBE package, especially Photoshop and Lightroom, Substance Painter, Ornatrix (as I mentioned before) and some of the most used render engines like V-Ray, Corona, and Arnold.

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

Andrea

It’s a great question... when I have time! No, seriously I try to publish only the things that I think may be interesting (in terms of quality and ability). I try to avoid publishing everything I do because, for reasons of time or strange choices of customers, it is not always of the best quality. The portfolio is your window to the world and you will be judged by that window, so it must be the best possible.

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Are you a member of any social media groups? Any favorite hashtags you check on a daily basis?

Andrea

I try to stay updated with social media, I don't always succeed, but I know that today they are a really powerful communication vehicle. I have a series of sites and related Facebook and Instagram pages that I visit every day:

  • Treddi.com is the Italian graphical portal most followed
  • 3dtotal Obviously! No, seriously this is one of the most long-lived and professional sites I know of
  • CG Society another pillar of 3D graphics
  • Artstation in recent years has become a reference
  • ZBrush Central, it's a must if you use ZBrush
  • VWArtclub, perhaps more archviz-oriented, but definitely remarkable for the quality of the publications
  • CGArchitect and Evermotion for digital architecture
  • CG Record for news

There's also so many other but will be too long to list.

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Andrea

To keep learning. I know that it seems strange but the more years pass the more I realize that in this way of CG you never stop learning. There are still many fields of computer graphics that I have not explored or that I do not know in depth, I would like to be able to understand all the nuances that accompany this fantastic profession. I hope that curiosity and the desire to improve never abandon me.

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Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?

Andrea

Oh I have a lot, from the pillars like Steven Stahlberg and Alessandro Baldasseroni, to the younger Jan Sprigs and Luc Bégin, only to mention a few. Just look through my favorite pages on Artstation or CGSociety to see how many artists I follow. For character design and especially for the likeness I love the works of Jacques Defontaine, his portrait of R. Perlman is absolutely one of the best likeness I have ever seen. Besides these, there is another artist that I love for the obsessive attention to detail and that is Andre Cantarel, his reconstruction of the White House and his Copter Model are the Holy Grail of detailing.

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Andrea

As I mentioned above, the project Charlize is a work in progress, I have the will to make at least two or three more, but at the moment I have no idea of the timing and if it can be realized. I would like to vary the type of publications and the subject in order not to bore.

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