Interview with Julio Cesar

Julio Cesar Benavides Macias is a 3d Sculptor from Mexico with 2 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Zbrush, Maya, fusión 360, illustrator, Photoshop and Keyshot.

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

The truth is 3d caught my attention since I was a child. My first interest was born when seeing the movies of terminator. Then eventually I went crazy watching the vfx and things like that. Later in my life for strange reasons, I saw the work by the artists Daniel Bel and Andre Castro. Since that day I decided to try to initiate myself to that and see where it would lead me starting with fantastic creatures, and sci-fi weapons.

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

The Artsation site is the best form of inspiration for me, because there are a lot of amazing digital artists. The artists that inspire me a lot to become a better artist day by day are Daniel Bel, Andre Castro, Victor Hugo Sousa, Vimal Kerketta and more. Artist are my total inspiration, because all works that produce, are very clean and whit a lot of details.

How does a typical working day look like?

I always wake up, and the first thing that I do is turn on my computer. Then I go to eat something and back again to the computer I start Netflix and start working like a robot xD. I love my work, so I don’t care about the time. Sometimes I go to sleep at 5 am, because I prefer to be at home working over making party.

What does your workplace look like?

Looks like a comic store. I have 3 tables whit a lot of Marvel and DC comics. I have a simple computer, with 2 monitors and a huge screen. Coca Cola everywhere and have a comic on my desk, because I read or watch the wonderful concepts while rendering.

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

My biggest motivation is that my aspiration that one day I will get into the movie industry. I think it is a very important guideline in me since I am currently dedicated to creating statues of a collection, but I have a dream and a goal where I work for every day and night.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

View all the movies, around the world and all the collectibles found on comicons. Although I view amazing master pieces of digital work on the web.

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

Delete old drafts that don’t have the same actually quality as my finish works. For me its important to show all the details of my sculptures without coloring them. It’s very important to keep all social networks up to date with the newest work. The most important website for me is Artstation.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

For all my sculptures I use zbrush, Maya, Fusion 360, Illustrator and Photoshop. For the renders I use zbrush and keyshot and do the final editing in Photoshop.

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

Houdini, because I want to learn something different in the future. It’s a amazing piece of software for particle work on movies.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

I think for my work art books of the movies, comics and anatomy books are the best choice to read.

What music do you listen to while working?

When I am not watching Netflix, I listen automatic songs. I don’t prefer any kind of music. I really like everything besides reggaetón. I hate that kind of music.

Any advice for new Artists?

Don’t give up! Fight for your dreams! I started my first jobs with a mouse and a very bad pc. Work hard every day and never stop dreaming. If you want to do it then do it. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube, books of anatomy etc.