Interview with Nidia Dias

Published on 12/10/2018

Nidia Dias is a Art Director from Portugal with 9 years of industry experience. She likes to work with Photoshop and Cinema4D.

What led you into the CGI/3D? Tell us your story.

I believe it started as a progression, I got my interest in Graphic design so ended up going to university for that, and as I was developing my skills in software like photoshop and illustrator and start wondering how they would look like moving. This then progresses to me learning After Effects. From there I guess it was just a matter of time until I found out the wonders of 3D.

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Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?

I love traveling, so that definitely helps me be creative, getting to know different countries and cultures. But overall anything nature related inspires me.
How does a typical working day look like?

I try to do normal hours and really avoid crazy hours. It’s good to keep yourself sane 😉

So nothing fancy as a routine, wake up have some breakfast and go straight to work. I love to take a bit of a break around lunch time and do a little stroll, and then back to work up until 6:30 pm.

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What does your workplace look like?

A mess =P I still trying to find a good overall combination between laptop, wacom and external monitor. Haven’t found the best setup to be honest!

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How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

I take breaks, and I try to network as much as I can. Is good to see other peoples perspectives!

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What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I’m that kind of person where the quote „Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life“ is kind of true. I really like anything related to art, so I find myself easily doing this after working hours. Other than that I would say traveling.

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

Yes, I try as much as I can to keep on posting something once in a while. I don’t do dailies, but everytime I can and am allowed to showcase a project I worked on I take a bit of my time to make a nice write up about the project, my role on it and then share it in a few social media places.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Depends on project to project, but usually Photoshop and Cinema4D

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What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?

I love all type of design, so I’m always going between learning different thingsl. At the moment I’m diving a bit into Adobe XD, but interested in maybe learning Zbrush or Houdini.. Haven’t decided yet.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard –  Chip Heath and Dan Heath

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What music do you listen to while working?

Indie is my go to style. But sometimes I find myself listening to more instrumental classical songs. Depends on the mood.

Any advice for new Artists?

Do personal projects, as it shows you and your passion!

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