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Interview with CGI artist, Andrei Lacatusu

Professional CGI artist, Andrei Lacatusu unveils the inspiration behind his May gallery winner, Commie Still Life, and shares some of his personal works...

Professional CGI artist, Andrei Lacatusu unveils the inspiration behind his May gallery winner, Commie Still Life, and shares some of his personal works...

The winner of the scenes category back in May (where did the time go!) was Andrei Lacatusu with his Commie Still Life image, scoring a massive 1,990 points! We catch up with this Carioca Studio artist to uncover his inspirations and unfold some more pages of his portfolio..

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Andrei Lacatusu: Hello, Im Andrei Lacatusu. Im 24-years-old, born and raised in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, which is also my current location. I work as a CGI artist at Carioca Studio, in Bucharest.

3dt: Tell us about your image Commie Still Life. Was it a challenge to create? What inspired it?
AL: It wasnt really a challenge, I actually enjoyed working on it. I had some spare time and decided to do something simple and realistic with a retro vibe. I think anyone who lives in a country that was under soviet influence has memories of this sort of melancholic view. So, for me, this idea came fast into my mind, and it was easy to imagine this scene it was like a glimpse of my early childhood in my grandparents house.

3dt: Tell us the story behind your artwork: What brought you into the digital art world and what software do you use?
AL: My father used to work in Photoshop from time to time, and that made me try this piece of software. One day I took a tutorial that involved some 3D stuff and it was love at first sight. I started working in CINEMA 4D and I really enjoyed it its a great software. But for the last twelve months I started using 3ds max and V-Ray at work, and it really has gotten into me.

3dt: How did you learn to paint digitally?

AL: I am actually self-taught, as a result of many hours of experimenting and tutorials. Its almost impossible to develop good CG skills in an organized system in Romania. Lately, I learned a lot from the people I work with and I'm
still learning.

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
AL: For the mid-term I would like to develop my organic 3D skills maybe by learning ZBrush in-depth, and further developing my knowledge of 3ds Max.

3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
AL: Go to the gym, grab a beer with some folks, and watch some good TV series.

3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take, and why?

AL: Time-travelling, so I wont have to wait for renders.

Related links

Take a trip over to Andrei Lacatusu's site
View Commie Still Life in the gallery and give it a star rating
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