3D Artist
Mar
27

Mark Gmehling interview

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The 3D Artist Team

We have a cup of tea and a chat with a top 3D artist

Mark Gmehling interview

Mark Gmehling is a German 3D artist with a traditional grounding in graffiti, graphic design and advertising. His digital portfolio is full of high-gloss characters and vibrant colours, all with a flowing, fun nature.

Mark Gmehling interview

Artist information

Name Mark Gmehling | Job Freelance illustrator | Software CINEMA 4D, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects | Website www.markgmehling.weebly.com

3D Artist: How did you get your first job and what did it involve?
Mark Gmehling: I think my first illlustration related ‘jobs’ were painting walls and chalk portraits. It was long time before I got my first computer.

3DA: How did you first make the leap from 2D to 3D and why did you decide to make this move?
MG:
I realised the unlimited possiblilities and independence that 3D offers. You can create your own universe. You can visualise your wildest imagination in a photorealistic way if you like to and you can bring it to life by animating it.

3DA: How do you tackle a new project?
MG:
The process is always the same for commercial print work. After checking the brief and ask some questions I do research and collect moods and references. Then I deliver a load of rough scribbles to make the client choose a direction The next step is a final sketch that needs to be approved before I start the modelling. When the model is approved I deliver some texturing/lighting proposals, render high-res and the job is done. Timeframes depend on the detail or complexity of the artwork/animation.

3DA: What about personal projects? Do they evolve in the same manner?
MG: My personal artwork develops over a long time in my sketchbooks. I got lots of different-sized books and love to check them when I nearly forgot what I’ve drawn inside. This little moment you’re able to look at your work with this fresh look is very precious. I add notes to my scribbles and continuously refine old scribbles till there is nothing more to improve.

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To read the full interview with Mark, check out 3D Artist issue 26 – available to buy as a back issue from the official Imagine eShop now. Alternatively, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch owners can download their copy of the magazine through Apple’s iTunes store.

Images used Both images © Mark Gmehling, www.markgmehling.weebly.com.