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Artist Journey: senior 3D artist Sreenath

Sreenath

Senior 3D Artist

“Part of making my work look more realistic was collecting additional references, extra textures, and improving my lighting skills.” Senior 3D artist Sreenath, from India, outlines his artistic journey so far…

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Thank you for sharing your journey so far with our readers. Let’s begin: please introduce yourself and let us know how long ago your journey started? What drew you to art? Any early influences?

Sreenath

Hi, this is Sreenath from India. I’ve been working in Kuwait for the past 8 years. I work as a senior 3D Artist at ThatDesigns.com, an AR based E-Commerce Company. My journey towards art started at an early age of 18 years old. I was always fascinated with the cartoons and animations that I saw on TV as a child. My childhood favourite, a 2D animated folklore TV series called, “Thenali Raman” was what drew me to art.

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The tribe

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Do you still have any early artwork? We’d love to see your early work, be they digital or traditional. How do you feel about these works now?

Sreenath

Yes, I still keep all my early artworks in my art drive. I would be more than happy to share those artworks here. As a beginner I was always sceptical about my works but it was my strong inner desire to learn all the upcoming new tools and software in the Industry, which took me forward. The early works are what drove me to learn something new every day, and I feel so good to have come a long way.

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Ship house

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What training or learning did you do in those beginning stages? Could you see your progression?

Sreenath

I completed an Autodesk Authorized Training Course and hold a degree in Visual Communication. Definitely, the progression in my career was triggered with the trainings I received academically and professionally. I have worked in about 5 companies and each company has moulded me into a better artist.

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Can we see some of your progression artwork? Where did you think you were improving? And where did you need to improve upon?

Sreenath

Yes, I will definitely share my progressive artworks. On the run, I was always keen on updating my skills and keeping up-to-date with the industry news. My urge to make my artworks look more realistic was the point where I realized I was improving. Part of making my work look more realistic was collecting additional references, extra textures, and improving my lighting skills.

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Were you always happy with what you produced, or was there a turning point where you thought; “This is it, I’ve made it!”?

Sreenath

Yes, I used to stop working on a project once I was happy about the output. I always work on the appearance; that is the texture, the lighting, and the body, until I feel that yes this is it, I’ve made it!

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Which piece are you most proud of, and why?

Sreenath

My project “Mr Flash” where I had worked really hard to get the output I wanted. This piece of art got me so much appreciation from my friends, colleagues, and social media. It was rendered using Corona and I was so happy when they featured my work on their official website.

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MR.Flash

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What are you still working on improving (if anything) - or have you reached a point of high consistency? Do you have any tips for keeping it fresh?

Sreenath

I am still working on the look dev part of an artwork. I always try to research the project that is on my mind and then once I have collected all the resources and I am content with what I have, I commence my work. I always make sure to collect maximum references, and textures that are in high resolutions; once I start modeling I try to give the object the perfect look. I give it maximum detailing and all these efforts pay off with a great looking artwork.

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What advice would you give to any of our readers who are just beginning their journey now?

Sreenath

Keep updating and polishing yourself. Always have an eye on what is happening in the industry. Keep updating new software and tools. Keep checking out new artwork, and keep practicing and brushing up your skills – stay inspired.

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Sreenath

I’m working on two or three AR-based projects for my company. Since they are confidential I cannot tell you more about it. I will be updating it with you guys as I finish it.

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