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Csaba Bánáti: illustrator interview

Csaba Bánáti

Illustrator

Illustrator Csaba Bánáti has spent the last 5 years in Norway working for MIR and honing his craft, and is now setting up in Vienna. He talks about his latest work and challenges, and what’s to come…

Csaba'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?

Csaba

My name is Csaba Bánáti. I started my career at ZOA Studio (Hungary) then moved to Brick Visual (Hungary) and my latest job was at MIR (Norway) where I’ve spent 5 years learning the craft. I still work as an illustrator but I’m currently setting up my new base at Vienna, Austria where I hope to find new ways to create.

sunset boat coast
Echo Lake

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

Csaba

The idea itself came very intuitively. I just saw some photos of courtyards and I felt there’s something about them which makes me feel a certain way. I wanted to investigate further how and why I felt that, so I started to build the image based on some references. When I had the courtyard more or less, something clicked in my brain and the idea of the hanging nuclear bomb and the “crowd” (of statues) beneath it arrived.

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

Csaba

I always have a hard time deciding on how much detail is enough on an image. So this time I said to myself: “Just do as much as you want as long as you enjoy the process.” So I went crazy on some parts and embraced it. I actually created a much bigger resolution image than I usually do (7000px). I also experimented with Nuke to find a suitable way to do post-production.

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

Csaba

I always start with 3ds Max and Photoshop to sketch out ideas. Nowadays with personal projects I usually have the vision and confidence to jump into it without sketches. If I have second thoughts I’m not afraid to go back to PS and sketch more. To scatter, I only rely on Forest Pack and rendering mostly with V-Ray. And as I mentioned before, I tested Nuke for post-production.

night bus shelter
Waiting For Nothing

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

Csaba

I don’t! I just try to work on cool projects either if it’s commissioned or personal stuff and make the best out of it. But I believe if you build a portfolio you should only put 5-10 of your best projects there. Making it clearly visible if it’s commissioned or not.

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

Csaba

I use ArtStation mostly. No hashtags, just browse the guys I follow and the Pick category. I’m also on Facebook and Instagram but I only use social media to share my art related life. No private photos, or family pictures. Sorry!

power plant in forest
Forest Valley

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Csaba

It grows and changes all the time – just as people do. But the only thing that stays and now I can finally put a word on it; is to find my own matured style/voice. Because everyone has hits and misses with projects but if it could stay in my style all the time, I would be perfectly happy!

statues in church

Garden of Damocles

man dining hall purgatory

Purgatory

foggy forest

Project 22

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

Csaba

I have some favorites but I’m not really clinging on any of them. The reason I like them is because they have an honest approach to art and consequently a unique voice. Nick O’Leary, Piotr Jabłoński, Pascal Blanché, Ash Thorp, Simon Stålenhag, Sparth – just to name a few.

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What can we expect to see from you next?

Csaba

It is kind of hard to tell. I’m usually working on 3-5 projects at the same time to keep myself entertained. But that also means that it’s almost impossible to tell which one will be finished next. Probably some sort of animation will come next but we’ll see! Follow me on Instagram and you’ll be among the first to learn it!

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