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Wassim Alam: 3D artist interview

Wassim Alam

Senior Visualiser

Lebanese 3D artist Wassim Alam shares impressive arch-viz work from his portfolio and shares his workflow and hints and tips. Find out more…

Wassim's Website

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

Wassim

My name is Wassim Alam, and I am Lebanese, living and working in Lebanon as a self-taught 3D artist. I started my career 10 years ago at a visualization firm in Beirut. Today I am senior visualizer at Soma Architects (established in New York with an office in Beirut). I gained a solid experience in the field therefore I am freelancing international projects, in New York, Virginia Island, Africa, and the Middle East.

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

Wassim

My latest gallery image, Alchemy Bar, is a commissioned work for Bleu (an interior design firm in Beirut). This image was modeled in 3ds Max – my go-to software when it comes to modeling – and rendered in Corona, my favorite render engine. I find Corona Render very friendly to use, especially if you are familiar with photography and DSLR cameras. I used Fusion for post-production.

bar stools, chairs, steel, metal, light

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

Wassim

The challenge is how to handle tight deadlines and maintain high standards of work. I only had two days to deliver this project, including modeling from reference photos, texturing, lighting, test rendering, and getting feedback from the client before the high resolution render. The most important thing is how to turn the photo into a realistic scene like I have imagined it, with balanced colors and natural light. The light flow and picking the right angle are playing a big role.

architecture, modern, building, house, modern home

I find Corona Render very friendly to use, especially if you are familiar with photography and DSLR cameras.

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

Wassim

Mainly my go-to software when it comes to my work and personal projects are 3ds Max, Itoosoft, Speedtree, Corona Rendered, V-Ray, and Fusion.

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

Wassim

Nature inspires me – it is the most precious gift anyone can get and it’s free. Therefore, learning more about photographic phenomena and how they affect images, and finding the best composition, is a very important part. I use HDR images for natural lighting most of the time – I use Peter Guthrie images. To prevent distortion I often use something between 24 to 55-millimeters to avoid distortion, and correct colors by adding natural lighting effects in post-production.

sofa, coffee table, plant, home, modern

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What are your artistic ambitions?

Wassim

I am on a constant learning experience, both on a professional and personal level. I keep myself busy learning new skills and experiencing new tools. I like to try to get as close to photoreal as possible. I enjoy comparing DSLR and render engines, and to have a signature touch representing my work. I am planning to learn Sidefx Houdini for abstract artwork in the future.

modern, swimming pool, pebbles, building

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Who are your favorite artists, traditional or digital, and can you explain why?  And what can we see from your next?

Wassim

Tony Bratincevic is a great artist and a storyteller. He was my first inspirational artist in the field and never fails to impress me every time with his unique work.

I am working on several projects which are confidential, and I will share them soon when I have the permission. Stay tuned for more projects to come, different from the previous ones and some personal 3D abstract artwork.

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