Interview with scenes gallery winner, Caue Rodrigues

Caue Rodrigues, who won the scenes gallery category with his warm and cozy Old Pilar image back in June, shares more of his work and words...

Caue Rodrigues, who won the scenes gallery category with his warm and cozy Old Pilar image back in June, shares more of his work and words...

Freelance 3D artist, Caue Rodrigues, impressed with his warm and cozy interior image, Old Pilar, when it entered the gallery in June, winning the scenes category for that month. 3dtotal catches up with him to discuss what's next...

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Caue Rodrigues: Hi all, my name is Caue Rodrigues and I'm a freelance 3D artist from Brazil. Actually, I live in a small town named Santa Teresa.

3dt: Tell us the story behind your recent gallery entry: What inspired you to create it?
CR: I love cozy places and shabby chic style, and when I see any picture of them in Pinterest, Google or Facebook, I try to reproduce those images. Both cases are examples of this.

3dt: What software did you use and do you have any tips for using this software, or any other software that you use to create your art in general?
CR: I start base modeling in SketchUp because I like its simplicity. After that, I import the project into 3ds Max and begin the shading process. If I have elements like cloth, stones, anything that can be sculpted, I send it to ZBrush or Marvelous Designer. My best surprise this year was certainly the Quixel Suite, which helped me a lot with creating random textures and masks, and made my work much easier.

3dt: Would you consider yourself to have a particular signature style, or techniques that you use often?
CR: I'm still looking for it. Maybe lighting, because I love sunlight over windows, over cloth and a little over-burned.

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
CR: I've known ZBrush for a long time, but I need to learn more of this incredible software. I can use it for retopology, baking maps, sculpting and a lot of details in my scenes.

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
CR: I'm always working on personal projects because I like to test new tools. So, this is a great opportunity.

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
CR: I'm a lucky man because my favorite artists are my friends too. Thi Lima, Ramon Zancanaro, Fernando Gasperin, Guilherme Pinheiro are those ones who I look up to. Thank you guys for always helping me a lot. Also, they have their own abilities and technical features which make their work excellent, enhancing Brazilian CG levels.

3dt: How do you like to unwind after a hard day's (or night's) work?
CR: Watching a good movie (Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting...) I like to play my bass, drink a beer, and walk around
with my wife.

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
CR: I'm working on a project called Romantic. Like all of those mentioned before, the inspiration was a picture I saw on the internet. The idea is a cozy place, isolated, with nothing around. I'm looking forward to finishing this project.

3dt: If you could choose any superhero power, what would you take?
CR: Spiderwebs, I wish I could break dance on the walls!

Related links

Head over to Caue's website for more
For Caue, everything begins in SketchUp. Download it here
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