Interview with Andrei Bursuc

Andrei Bursuc is a 3D Generalist from Romania with 11 years of industry experience. He likes to work with Cinema 4D, Octane, Blender and Cycles.

When did you start working in the CG industry?

I don’t work in the CG Industry. I do this as a hobby ­čÖé

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

Well, i started learning the craft of 3D in 2008 when browsing Youtube i came across a video of guy modeling a character and i asked myself “what dark magic is this ?“. As i was watching the video i felt a force within and around me. A high pitched voice, that of an older woman that can raise the undead, whispered in my ear…something. I could not understand what she was saying for it was in a foreign language ( probably Mandarin ). From that moment on i became one with CG and CG became one with me. I got my hands on a Maya 2008 package, or how i like to call it the much better Maya then these Maya packages today, and off i went. Thats how my journey started. A very epic start.

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

I get my inspiration from other 3D artists. Sometimes watching movies, when i see something interesting and then i pause, i print screen that frame and then use it as a reference. Other sources of inspiration are photography websites. I like to see how artists use light to shape or reveal forms. Impressive techniques which i would love to master and use it in my creation process. Two people inspire me the most are Raphael Rau and Gleb Alexandrov. I think these two are the Gods of 3D art. Their work is unbelievable and thank God they are making tutorials. :))

How does a typical working day look like?

My typical working day is actually very atypical one. I am doing this as a hobby therefore my 3D work starts around 7, 8 pm and it lasts until, sometimes the early mornings.
I begin searching for a good podcast or documentary to play in the background. After that, Artstation is the go to place to get a quick dose of inspiration and im ready to go. From then on time starts to have ninja like properties. Just passes by unnoticed and without a trace.

What does your workplace look like?

You know that scene in Terminator Salvation when Marcus connects to Skynet in that beautiful white command room / evil liar ? Yeah, nothing like that. Its a simple tower pc, two monitors a banjo and a snake basket. Common things you would find in any 3D artist’s lair.

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

As i don’t work in the industry i don’t find it tough at all. I understand why it would be tough for one who does work in the industry and has deadlines and strict guidelines which may temper with the creative freedom of the artist. As far as motivation i think it comes from ones ambition to be better and evolve.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

THERE IS NOTHING BESIDES CGI/3D YOU HEAR ME ? NOTHING ! Except Chelsea Football Club. Best club in the world. Better then Barcelona, Real Madrid and better the Bayern Munich. Better then everyone. What i am trying to say is i like football. It is very relaxing when you scream at the TV because Fabregas runs like a little girl and keeps the ball to much. It is very ZEN.

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

Post everything you make. Good or bad. It is important in my opinion to let the viewer know that you are a human being with flaws. Also posting bad renders along with good ones makes it easier for the viewer to see your evolution.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Cinema 4D, Octane Render, Blender, Marvelous Designer, Substance Painter, Photoshop.

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

There are many softwares i would like to learn. Softwares like Zbrush which would make the modeling process easier and more versatile. Marvelous Designer, although i know the basics i would love to dive a little deeper and learn more about it.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

I will recommend the last books i have read which are:

1. Universally Preferable Behaviour.
2. Everyday Anarchy: The Freedom of Now.
3. The Origins of War in Child Abuse by Lloyd Demause

What music do you listen to while working?

I don’t listen to music while working. I usually listen to podcasts or documentaries. I find music to be very distracting while the lower more serious voice tone of a documentary keeps me more focused on what i have to do.

Any advice for new Artists?

The learning process is a very subjective one. Everyone learns in his own way according to his abilities so the only advice i can give is to find your strengths and try to develop them as much as you can.