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Bondok Max: 3D environment & look dev artist interview

Bondok Max

3D environment & look dev artist

Staff picks winner for November, Bondok Max, talks about creating “The Crystal Ship” inspired by “Breaking Bad” and “Ready Player One.” “I wanted to create something unique and increase my imagination and creativity. I made almost everything from scratch as usual in my personal works.” Find out more…

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3dtotal

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

Bondok

Hello! My name is Bondok Max, I am from Egypt and I’m currently working as 3D Environment/LookDev Artist as a freelance with many studios around the world. I have 10+ years of experience in CG, mostly for film and commercials.

3dtotal

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

Bondok

The "Crystal Ship" project is inspired by the "Breaking Bad" series mixed with "Ready Player One" movie. The image was created in Maya for modeling, Redshift for rendering, ZBrush for adding some details, Marvelous Designer to make some clothes, Substance Painter for textures, as it is powerful, helpful, and fast, AE+ Ps+ Nuke for compositing, and I use some assets from Quixel Megascans libraries like rocks, wood bars, and the grass.

I try to keep focused as much as I can, and in this area that we have chosen, we have to study a lot! I always try to push myself and to turn my latest work into my best work!

3dtotal

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

Bondok

The main challenge and the most time-consuming part was the idea itself. I believe that was the main challenge for me in this artwork, I wanted to create something unique and increase my imagination and creativity. I made almost everything from scratch as usual in my personal works. There were a lot of challenges because I wanted to make a piece that could show everything I can do with my current level of knowledge. And one of its main purposes was to get more used to Redshift and to discover the boundaries of my big-scene workflow when working inside a GPU-based environment.

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3dtotal

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

Bondok

As a freelance artist, you must have much software in your workflow and you should be flexible. I believe that will give you a priority. I am trying to improve this side of my workflow as much I can. I remember that in the last interview with 3dtotal I was used 3ds Max as a main 3D software and now I use Maya as a main 3D software. You can notice that all software has the same tools but with different names and I use almost all render engines in my workflow.

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3dtotal

Do you own any of 3dtoal Publishing’s titles? If so, which one(s) - and how did you find it?

Bondok

Sure, I am a big fan of 3dtotal Publishing I have a lot of them. Digital Art Masters: Volume 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. I hope you publish more from "Digital Art Masters”! 3ds Max Projects. Prime – The Definitive Digital Art Collection; actually, it’s an amazing collection. Sketch Workshop: Robots & Spaceships. I wish to had a lot more of these amazing works!

3dtotal

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

Bondok

Actually I'm always working on some personal project, even if I'm full-time with work. Not just to update the portfolio itself, but to create and study ideas and techniques. I try to keep focused as much as I can, and in this area that we have chosen, we have to study a lot! I always try to push myself and to turn my latest work into my best work!

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3dtotal

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

Bondok

Absolutely yes, I try to be present in social media as much as I can because it's really important for any artist to be remembered, especially for the freelancers like me. I use Facebook and Instagram a lot and I'm starting to use LinkedIn. Also, I have Artstation and Behance where I'm always looking for inspiration. I don't use special hashtags, I prefer to check every platform.

3dtotal

What are your artistic ambitions?

Bondok

My ambition is to have my own studio in the Visual/Cinematic Effects Industry. I don't know when this will happen, but I am trying to work on myself and develop my skills so that I am ready for this moment. This is a big one and the small one is cooperation with the great Cinematic /VFX studios around the world.

3d design environmental scenery van breaking bad inspired metallic materials
3d design environmental scenery van breaking bad inspired metallic materials

3dtotal

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

Bondok

Actually, all artists can inspire you but if you need names I can give you some of the professionals who are inspiring me: Hayao Miyazaki, Artur Sadlos, Ismail Inceoglu, Ian McQue, Paul Chadeisson, Cornelius Dämmrich, and Marek Denko. All of them are a great inspiration for me. All of them have unique artistic skills and are creative.

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