Interview with Gerard Kravchuk

Gerard Kravchuk is a Currently Sr.CharacterArtist from Montréal, Canada with 15 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Z-brush, Substance Painter and Marmoset.

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

From my childhood i’ve been interested in art in different forms, like traditional drawing as well as sculpture. When I was young I loved to draw, i was drawing everywhere smiley, on the walls of our house, on the pages of the school books, the exercise books and etc, so i used any chances to practice with, in this way i expressed myself through the art. I was growing and my skills growing with me. In 90th the Software Technologies have made a big boost on quality and accessibility. later on the social media has made available home education via tutorials and any kind of helps for different computer programs. I was exciting to learn all available software on the market. Slowly but surely, i’ve absorbed all info like a sponge and brought these knowledge gained into practice. After a couple of years i decided to be a part of the CG world, that’s how I got started as a 3D artist.

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

Maybe i’m exclusion but I noticed that the inspiration comes during the process.

How does a typical working day look like?

It looks like ordinary working day of the CG artist. Most of us have privilege like flexible hours, which is a big plus and helps to keep me fit in professional meaning.

What does your workplace look like?

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

The art itself traditional or digital doesn’t matter and creation get motivate me, it’s just part of my life and part of me.

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

Since i have some satisfied result, some good quality image or interesting stuff to share with people, i’m making it right away. I can give some friendly advice, don’t put all of your projects into the portfolio, choose better quality but less quantity. Ask opinion in qualified specialists, don’t be afraid to start your artwork from scratch if something is wrong.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Zbrush one of the main sw and the photoshop.

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

I’d like to find and learn some good realtime render, i think Unreal Studio. Cause i don’t need to what to get the result.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Bible and „Book of Lamentations“ by Gregory of Narek.

What music do you listen to while working?

It depends on my mood. Different genres, Instrumental, Celtic some like „Deep forest“, rock ballads.

Any advice for new Artists?

Try to find your own style and the way to express your self, don’t make cliche. Find a light and good source of inspiration, which is hidden inside you.
do not despair, if the success isn’t on your side, trying to define lofty goals and consistently achieve them and the last but not least, be demanding for yourself.