Interview with Nidia Dias

Nidia Dias is a Art Director from Porto, Portugal with 9 years of industry experience.
She likes to work with Photoshop and Cinema4D.

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

I believe it started as a progression, I got my interest in Graphic design so ended up going to university for that, and as I was developing my skills in software like photoshop and illustrator and start wondering how they would look like moving. This then progresses to me learning After Effects. From there I guess it was just a matter of time until I found out the wonders of 3D.

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

I love traveling, so that definitely helps me be creative, getting to know different countries and cultures. But overall anything nature related inspires me.
How does a typical working day look like?

I try to do normal hours and really avoid crazy hours. It’s good to keep yourself sane 😉

So nothing fancy as a routine, wake up have some breakfast and go straight to work. I love to take a bit of a break around lunch time and do a little stroll, and then back to work up until 6:30 pm.

What does your workplace look like?

A mess =P I still trying to find a good overall combination between laptop, wacom and external monitor. Haven’t found the best setup to be honest!

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

I take breaks, and I try to network as much as I can. Is good to see other peoples perspectives!

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I’m that kind of person where the quote „Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life“ is kind of true. I really like anything related to art, so I find myself easily doing this after working hours. Other than that I would say traveling.

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

Yes, I try as much as I can to keep on posting something once in a while. I don’t do dailies, but everytime I can and am allowed to showcase a project I worked on I take a bit of my time to make a nice write up about the project, my role on it and then share it in a few social media places.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Depends on project to project, but usually Photoshop and Cinema4D

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

I love all type of design, so I’m always going between learning different thingsl. At the moment I’m diving a bit into Adobe XD, but interested in maybe learning Zbrush or Houdini.. Haven’t decided yet.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard –  Chip Heath and Dan Heath

What music do you listen to while working?

Indie is my go to style. But sometimes I find myself listening to more instrumental classical songs. Depends on the mood.

Any advice for new Artists?

Do personal projects, as it shows you and your passion!