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Ricardo Manso: 3D Artist interview

Ricardo Manso

3D Artist

3D Artist Ricardo Manso shares his portfolio and discusses the workflow for his recent successful gallery entries...

3D Artist Ricardo Manso shares his portfolio and discusses the workflow for his recent successful gallery entries...

3dtotal: Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you, what do you do, and where are you located?
Ricardo Manso: I'm from Portugal and I live in Lisbon. My background is Fine Arts - Sculpture, and in the final year of my Master degree I had a 3D modeling class, to simulate and to integrate the sculptures in the space. We worked with ZBrush and I fell in love with the software. Because I wanted to learn more about it, I went to Odd School to learn Maya, ZBrush and Photoshop.

From that moment I started to experiment and learn by myself. I really like different kinds of work, but what I really enjoy is making characters in a cartoon way, but incorporating a realistic feeling.

Martha Clay

Martha Clay

3dt: Where did you find the inspiration for your latest gallery entry? What's the story behind its creation?
RM: Martha was commission for martee. They asked me for a female character and that Martha was the official blogger of martee. Martee is a start-up disseminating listings for individual and real-estate professionals. They gave me a description of her personality, with some history and background, and what they thought she should be. With all this information I started to block some shapes that translated all that information. It was a collaboration between me and the client, and I think it came out quite well.

3dt: What software and plug-ins did you use to create this image? Did you face any difficulties, and how did you overcome them?
RM: For this image, I used Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, the GMH2 Maya Hair Script, Marvellous Designer and Arnold.

Martha

Martha

3dt: Do you normally use this software in your workflow? What other software and plug-ins do you favor?
RM: I'm still trying to find my real workflow. It all depends on the image that I want to do. But most of the time I use Maya, ZBrush, Arnold, Photoshop, Shave and a Haircut or GMH2 Maya Hair Script for the hair. I also use Marvellous Design and Substance Painter. If I need to do a rig, to pose my characters, I use the Rapid Rig plug-in.

Red Twins

Red Twins

3dt: Are there any particular techniques that you use often?
RM: Not really, nothing new. I feel that I'm in the beginning and I need to learn a lot, so I'm still figure the best way to do what I need. But usually I'll do the normal stuff, nothing too fancy.

3dt: What are your artistic ambitions?
RM: First I would like to improve my skills. I would like to be part of a really talented team and, who knows, work as a lead artist in a company. I really would like to work on an animation movie!

3dt: What software would you like to learn in the future to expand your portfolio and skillset, and why?
RM: I'm still learning the softwares that I use, but I would also like to learn After Effects, NUKE, Fusion and I would like to know more about Maya, like particles, dynamics and animation. I think it would be very cool to see my characters moving around!

Jullie

Jullie

3dt: Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?
RM: I really love the work of Victor Hugo, Pedro Conti, José Alves da Silva, Tiago Hoisel, Dan Roarty, Andrew Hickinbottom, Alessandro Baldasseroni, Max Kostenko, Michael Kutsche, as well as many others. Their work is so amazing and so inspiring that I always learn every time I see it. In the traditional sense, I love Rodin, Brancusi, Giacometti, Chillida, Henry Morre, Rui Chafes, Machado de Castro, and so many more...

3dt: What can we expect to see from you next?
RM: I'm working on a new image, something new for me. It is a new challenge, something that pushes me hard so I can improve. Let's see if it will result in a good final image!

Fisherman

Fisherman

Related links

Ricardo Manso's ArtStation
Ricardo Manso's CG Society
Ricardo Manso's Behance
Grab a copy of Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters

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