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Le Anh Nhan: 3D architectural artist interview

Le Anh Nhan

3D Architectural Artist

Vietnamese 3D architectural artist Le Anh Nhan uses his architectural and 3ds Max knowledge to create sci-fi and fantasy scenes, and more!

Le Anh's Profile

Adam

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

Le Anh

My name is Le Anh Nhan. I was born in 1991 in a small town in central Vietnam. Growing up in a family of three brothers who painted with oil, like our father, but when I was in high school my dad did not want me to become an artist and wanted me to become an architect, and I graduated from the University of Architecture in 2014. I approached 3ds Max while studying at university, and 3D work attracted me strongly, so I'm currently a 3D architectural artist.

Adam

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

Le Anh

For a long time I did not do artwork, because time spent on family and commercial work took up most of my time – it was really difficult to do a personal project. But I did not want to get buried in that busy time, so I tried drawing fast concepts to not lose the ideas in my head, a concept that lasted only 1 to 5 days. It helped me release a lot of things. You know, seeing your final work in a fast-paced way is fantastic, accelerating your creativity without being bound by meticulous detail.

The idea sometimes comes to me very vague, and sometimes it is very clear. When I watch a movie, see work by someone or simply wake up early to see the sunshine, the sudden rains at night, lurking behind the light of the street lights – it is charming... Nature is always an endless source of inspiration. To me everything from nature is beautiful. I do not have to force myself to think of an idea.

Adam

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

Le Anh

When making an image, I always think about new techniques, or simply a color tone I have never did, such as the “7th Floor” concept. I painted it to learn about Corona Render.

With the “Under the sea” concept, I had more control and used vrayaerialperspective effects to create an underwater environment... and much more.

Adam

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

Le Anh

I mainly use 3ds Max, with V-Ray and Photoshop for post-production. Software like ZBrush, Substance Painter, and Speedtree I know only a little: things that support the intricate details in my artwork. I rarely use them in everyday work; I do not specialize in them.

Adam

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

Le Anh

My images are mostly related to architecture. I do not care much about posting pictures to attract customers, thinking like that will make me lose an emotional attachment with my work and inadvertently bind myself, making me uncomfortable in composing. Each work has a different theme. Although I'm a 3D architectural artist, I want to experiment with other genres as well, so it gives me more inspiration in my work (although I know it's difficult to reach out to clients in my field).

Always be serious, honest and approach new techniques in work. Study the people around you or share your experiences with them, and absorb the opinions of people around you although that person may not be in your industry sometimes – it’s an extra objective and helps to improve the work. ..

Adam

What are your artistic ambitions?

Le Anh

When creating new artwork I always want it to be different from the previous artwork. I hate the duplicity and safety. I always want my artwork to have a clear, artistic story but not to leave photorealism, so as much detail as possible, for the viewer to believe that it exists. So I always learn and observe reality a lot.

Adam

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

Le Anh

There are so many good artists to learn from. I like Marek Denko’s full 3D work: there are so many details that people can observe from his work. Or Paul Chadeisson, Julien Gauthier, Emmanuel Shiu... with powerful concept stories and colorful ideas.

Adam

What can we expect to see from you next?

Le Anh

Time is gold, I'm afraid to waste time. At the moment I am quite busy with my family and work, but I will try to do what I like, a complete artwork, with full details instead of fast concepts. It could be a long trip in CGI language, probably related to architecture, so my future customers can understand my main job as a 3D architectural artist. I'm still thinking about the story of the next one, hope it will come soon!

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