Interview with Kirill Chepizhko

Kirill Chepizhko is a Hard surface artist / 3d Producer from Seattle, United States of America with 8 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Fusion 360, Keyshot, Maya and of course Photoshop.

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

I`ve always had a dream of working in games or movies since I was a kid. A huge inspiration were movies from the year 1999 – Men in Black, Star Wars episode I, The Matrix.
I started out with digital painting and soon moved on to using 3d packages which later developed into almost exclusive love from hard surface modeling.

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

I get inspiration from everyday life as well as nature. I am not a big fan of getting inspiration from other art.

How does a typical working day look like?

There are very few typical days when you work as a freelancer. Everyday is a surprise haha.

What does your workplace look like?

I try to keep my workspace as clean as possible but it’s usually overflowing with post-it stickers which I use for reminders, scheduling etc. I work with a 3d inch monitor on one side and a wacom cintiq on the other.
Honestly what else does a 3d artist need ?

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

Money is the biggest motivator. We all want a roof over our head and a good meal so this keeps me motivated. Because work is work, it pays the bills. But if you are talking about persona projects – inspiration and motivation always comes somewhere from within so it’s a different story.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

Lately I ve been into hiking and sightseeing. Again mostly to get away from the desk and get some inspiration from nature.

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

The only real tip here is to keep working and making new art. That way you will keep improving.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

I work in Fusion 360, Keyshot, Maya and of course Photoshop.

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

I am trying to learn Unreal Engine since I believe it’s the future.

Which books would you recommend to the read? / What music do you listen to while working?

Since I need to keep my attention on the screen I have combined the two and usually listen to podcasts. Either industry related or something about science.

Any advice for new Artists?

You should have chosen to be an economist.