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Martin Nikolov: character artist interview

Character artist Martin Nikolov shares recent work from his portfolio and discusses his workflow...

Character artist Martin Nikolov shares recent work from his portfolio and discusses his workflow...

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Martin Nikolov: Hi, my name is Martin and I am a character artist from Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

Girl with glasses
Old personal project I reworked this month

3dt: Where did you find the inspiration for your latest gallery entry? What's the story behind its creation?
MN: For my latest gallery entry, it was done for a client (ragingheres.com) so I tried to stick close to the provided concept.

Spiridon
Personal stuff made for fun

3dt: What software and plug-ins did you use to create this image? Did you face any difficulties, and how did you overcome them?

MN: I used ZBrush for this project and some props were modeled in MODO. I don't use plugins right now. Since I really liked the concept for those job, there wasn't any difficulties actually.

Otters 1 and 2
Quick study I did in my free time

3dt: Do you normally use this software in your workflow? What other software and plug-ins do you favor?
MN: Yep, most of the time I am starting directly in ZBrush, but it depends from the project. I am MODO user, with Marvelous Designer for cloth simulation.

3dt: Are there any particular techniques that you use often? Or do you like to experiment?
MN: For my personal stuff I like to start directly in ZBrush with a sphere and dynamesh – it's fun and gives you the freedom like you are sculpting with real clay. Not so much experimenting at this time, I am kind of conservative in that matter.

Horned beauty
I don't know why...

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
MN: I never use MARI, but I am planning to learn it in the next months. It supports huge maps, and I am planning to change the subject of my sculpts and to work on something really detailed!

Cocka
Some kind of friendly monster

3dt: How do you keep your portfolio up-to-date? Any tips?
MN: I don't think it's really up to date right now, but I am trying hard to catch up.

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
MN: Stanislaw Szukalski , Grzegorz Gwiazda, Cam de Leon and many many more!

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
MN: Pretty girls and lots of monsters of course!

Related links

Check out Martin Nikolov's ArtStation
Check out Cook, Pirates and Arch Papess in the gallery
Grab a copy of ZBrush Characters and Creatures

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