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Kiddo: 3D Illustrator interview

Kiddo

Freelance 3D Artist

Freelance 3D artist and September Staff Picks winner Kiddo is originally from Mexico, self-training through Youtube tutorials. Read on to find out more...

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Congratulations on winning the September Staff Picks gallery contest! Could you let the readers know a little more about you – where you’re from, your job, and the kind of artwork you create?

Kiddo

Hi, my name is Miguel Eduardo, and I am 26 years old and originally from Mexico. I am a freelance illustrator with a focus on 3D; on social media I am known as Kiddo. I chose this nickname because when you separate the word, you have Kid and Do and most of my projects contain cute and colorful elements: "The kid do."

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How was your education – how much was self-taught, or which courses have you taken?

Kiddo

I studied Graphic Design. During my university training, in an extra class, I got to know the world of 3D. I immediately fell in love and from that moment, in my free time, I began to learn everything I could about 3D and its development.

I learned many techniques and tips by watching videos on Youtube, it seems incredible to me that right now you can find information on almost any topic on the platform, you just need a lot of desire to learn and be consistent.

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Do you prefer to work digitally over traditionally? What advice would you give to beginner artists thinking about taking up a stylus over a paintbrush?

Kiddo

I feel much more comfortable working digitally, I am in love with the whole process related to 3D, but I still like to use all the theory of traditional techniques to present better illustrations.

The advice that I would give to beginning artists is to gradually learn new techniques, taking projects that increase the difficulty and allow you to learn during their development.

It seems to me that the ideal is to challenge yourself with each new illustration, so you don't get stuck in your comfort zone.

In the same way, it seems important to me to emphasize having strong foundations in terms of color theory and composition, it could be said that they are the two pillars, the theory and the technical part.

3dtotal

That’s a cute touch regarding the origin of your name, Kiddo. Would you feel reservation about going into the ‘darker’ palettes, or is the cute and colourful elements a purposeful part of your developing style?

Kiddo

The truth is that the "cute" style was not something I consciously sought but it seems to me that now it serves as a differentiator for my work, so I would like to maintain that line for my future projects.

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When you were learning from Youtube, which software were you focusing on? Was this a good choice for the beginner?

Kiddo

My first 3D software was Cinema 4D and I find that its interface is very beginner-friendly, taking into account that the tools are very well organized and easy to understand. I also had a lot of fun modeling with voxel tools that are super powerful for generating more complex models with basic shapes. There are also a good number of tutorials on Youtube to start learning.

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You say you should challenge yourself with each new project – any hints about your next challenge? Perhaps an area you are focusing on strengthening?

Kiddo

Right now I am working on two new projects during my spare time.

The first one is a concept from one of my favorite illustrators (although it is still a secret) and with this project my challenge is to model characters in more complex poses and learn to simulate fur with particles.

The second is a project with a concept of my own, being a much smaller scene, I seek to pay more attention to a single prop in the scene, generating more detailed textures.

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Which artists do you admire?

Kiddo

Speaking in very general terms, I am a fan of everything that Ghibli, Pixar, and Laika produce. As for 2D illustrators, I love the work of the Argentine illustrator Gaston Pacheco and the Brazilian illustrator Gabriel Silveira.

And finally, the 3D illustrators that I admire the most are AENDOM for their incredible texturing, and Untitled Army that always surprises me with their concepts and voxel techniques.

Check out Kiddo's Create a 3D robot illustration using Blender & Substance Painter here

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