Interview with Mark Chang

Mark Changis a Concept Artist from Taipei, Taiwan with 4 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Cinema 4D and Octane Render

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

I was studying graphic design in college, but getting more interest in 3d when I searching some templates/mock-up for graphic design, I was thinking: Most templates/mock-up are kind of boring, always look same, why can’t I make my own? So I started making some simple model and studying in render.

At first, I learned 3d just for making my 2d graphic works looking better. But soon I noticed I can make everything I want and everything I imagine in my head. I’m not good at drawing but 3d software can help me create them in a logical way, so it gives me a huge enthusiasm on this.

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

Internet (definitely) and my nightmares. I got lots of nightmares everyday but I turn them into my inspiration, others can’t experience those I have, so it becomes a good way to express my feelings.

Everything, every people who gives me unique feelings inspired me.

How does a typical working day look like?

I don’t have a standard working time because I’m a freelancer, I work when I’m awake and have feeling to work, usually 4-6 hours a day. But I’m in Taiwan and most of cases are from US and other countries so if the deadline is near I have to change my daily routine to fit their worktime.

What does your workplace look like?

Right beside my bed. Work is life, game is life. Also I got a studio with my friends so sometimes I’ll work there.

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

I don’t think it’s a tough industry if you regard creating is the most important thing in your life. Just keep chasing it if you know this is your love and you’ll find the way.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

Gaming and photography, but I’m lazy so didn’t travel a lot, I usually taking photos around where I live, maybe most of people think you have to travel to take photos, but I prefer stay at the same place and see things in different angles or something other people didn’t see.

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

No tips, just. do. it.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Cinema 4D / Octane Render / Zbrush / Daz studio / Marvelous Designer / Photoshop / Illustrator

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

I’m learning Moi3d and some industrial design softwares. For a different modeling logic and easier to do some industrial projects. (or I have to transfer my wireframe model to someone to re-modeling into printable files)

Which books would you recommend to the read?

I read sci-fi novels and some philosophy books, but not many.

What music do you listen to while working?

A lot, edm/rock/hip-hop/folk…honestly everything, depends on which mood when I work.

Any advice for new Artists?

Be yourself and pay attention on what you want, don’t be afraid to be different.