Interview with Cristiano Rinaldi

Cristiano Rinaldi is a Concept Artist/Concept Designer from Rome, Italy with 5 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Photoshop, Modo, Cinema 4D, Zbrush, Moi3D and Octane.

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

I studied Science Communication at University here in Italy when I finished university I start to studied Art Direction and Graphic Design and then I moved to California for learning concept art. After that I discovered 3D as a great tool to express my thoughts and ideas and transform sketch and concept in a better way. I start to working in some studios and then 5 years ago I decided to became a freelancer.

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

Inspiration is everywhere around me. I like to reading narrative books, art books, go to at exhibition of contemporary art, I like studying the monographs of famous painters, and of course watching tons of movies and listening music too.

How does a typical working day look like?

Getting up, breakfast with my girlfriend, going for a run with my dog, and then go to work at my studio until the end of day.

What does your workplace look like?

I have 2 PC, 4 monitors, one macbook pro and one Wacom cintiq.

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

It’s not hard to get motivated in this industry and improving yourself is the best boost always.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I like running a lot, going around with my car (an Abarth 500), and I like to spend most of my freetime at sea with my girlfriend and my dog.

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

I have a simple website, easy to edit when I need to do it. The best tip is add the best work you have and especially the style/kind of work you like to do.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Photoshop, Modo, Cinema 4D, Zbrush, Moi3D, Octane

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

Blender because seems a solid package in every aspect like modeling and rendering.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Every book of Bruno Munari, he is a genius.

What music do you listen to while working?

I like listening electronic music like Alva Noto, Stephan Mathieu, Richard Devine etc.

Any advice for new Artists?

You should be open for feedback and critique and always keep learning and exploring different ways to design something and try to explore different styles and field of design. Be yourself and just keep pushing.