Interview with Mariusz Becker
Published on 11/12/2018
What led you into the CGI/3D? Tell us your story.
I discovered 3D as a tool to express my thoughts in the last semester of my studies.
Before that I learned the basics of 3D at university but never really got the hang of it and only saw it as a tool to get a base for later matte painting or photoshop compositing as i was a big fan of studios like lightfarm at the time, but not as a stand alone tool. I wasn’t good, others made way nicer images than me and I didn’t feel like this was something I’d ever really like.
In the last semester of my studies while writing my diploma-thesis, trying to get distracted, like a lot of other people I discovered beeple and was hooked. Because it was still Cinema4D, the tool I had installed, but looked way different from everything I knew. This whole industry didn’t exist for me before that. I only knew post-production and vfx for films but never thought about motion-graphics or 3D in general as a tool for ‘art’. I saw he was doing everydays and so I started to do everydays myself as I thought this was the only way to learn this as fast as possible.
Around 6 months later I finished university and moved to hamburg to start an internship at a studio combining 3D and photoshop and learned a lot there, or better said learned 3D again, because 3D as a job is way different than doing it on your own in your room.
After that I took a few freelance gigs, but then my girlfriend moved to spain to study abroad and I travelled with her. So I did 3D mostly as a hobby again and only took a few jobs here and there that I could do from my laptop, but wasn’t too serious about it. That changed after she got back and I went in fully, moved back to Cologne with her and have been freelancing ever since.
Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?
I think it’s quite easy to get inspired if you don’t force it – I have to say I’m not a big believer in ‘getting inspired’. If you got work to do, you got work to do and I don’t see much sense in scrolling pinterest for 2h or so. I just go for a walk and let my thoughts wander.
My biggest passion is light, so inspiration is everywhere around me. If you’d ask my girlfriend if there’s anything I’m obsessed with, she would tell you about all the times I stop in the middle of a walk to admire and photograph the patterns the sunlight is creating on buildings or some cool lighting from a parking garage, whatever. Apart from that a lot of photographers, interior designers, graphic designers. Working wise there are a lot of people that inspire me.
From different fields – but always those people that are passionate about what they do. I think that’s always the thing that draws me to people in general – if they love what they do.
How does a typical working day look like?
Nothing fancy at all. Getting up, going for a walk, breakfast, work, lunch, work, dinner, movie, done.
What does your workplace look like?
I got my Main PC setup there and my second now ‘old’ pc is currently used by my girlfriend and is only used for rendering while working.
How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?
I don’t really think about it. I do what i love and I never feel the need to be motivated as there’s always something I can try around the corner. As long as I don’t get bored there’s no need to get motivated.
What is your passion beside CGI/3D?
Photography is a big part of my life and has been before 3D as well as making music.
How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?
Try to make some time to make a nice case for projects you enjoyed. Those are what gets me interested when surfing other artist’s websites. i wanna see more than just one video.
What Software do you use to create your artwork?
Cinema4D, Marvelous Designer, Substance Suite, Creative Suite, Octane, Redshift, Quixel and whatever is needed. There is no definitive answer. I just use the tool I need for the job and don’t try to solve every problem in one tool.
What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?
Probably like everyone Houdini, because it’s getting used more and more and can do so much more with every release. But that’ll be a dream for a while.
Which books would you recommend to the read?
I don’t have specific industry or mindset books I can recommend, I just like reading fiction and journalism books.
What music do you listen to while working?
I love complete silence. I got some BOSE headphones with noise-reduction for train-rides and flights, but use them even at home just to silence the sounds around me. But if I’m listening to music, my discover weekly always delivers great tunes. Usually very ambient, minimal stuff.
Any advice for new Artists?
Work. Don’t wait for anyone to tell you what to do, or to guide you, just sit down and do what you love.