Interview with Niyazi Selimoglu

Niyazi Selimoglu is a 3D Character Artist / Digital Sculptor (Freelance) from Istanbul, Turkey with 10 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Pixologic Zbrush.

What led you into the CGI/2D? Tell us your story.

I’m actually graduate in economics but that was not my choice.I always liked playing games and I started learning 3D art in the early years of the university.After graduation I seeked for work on game industry in Turkey and I started my first job in 2010. That’s my short story.

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

There are many traditional and digital artists that I have been inspired.I’m looking for inspiration on Pinterest or Artstation everyday.Andy Bergholtz, Tony Cipriano, Alex Huguet, Gio Nakpil, Rick Baker, Samuel Poirier, Kris Costa, Rafael Grassetti and more.I can write a lot more names here.

How does a typical working day look like?

I do exercises in the morning and usually start to work in the afternoon and work all night.Sometimes I work on weekends.

What does your workplace look like?

I have a PC from Boxx and two 27″ Dell Monitor . I’m using Wacom Intuos Pro L

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

Actually to be honest, there are times when I’m very demoralized but I’m trying to do new works and improve myself , especially improve sculpting skills.I participate in online workshops whenever I can.These motivate me.

What is your passion beside CGI/2D?

Football.I wanted to be a footballer but I failed.I’m still playing football for 2 or 3 days a week. I also like to read books. Especially science fiction books.

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

I always do digital sculpting and working on new characters / ideas. Also,I follow new software and new techniques.Especially those related to Zbrush.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Pixologic Zbrush for sculpting.
3dsmax,Vray for rendering.
Photoshop for final edit.

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

I really want to use Maya.I see the results using Arnold and XGen.I see great renders and I’m little jealous =). If I have time I gonna use Maya.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

All Michio Kaku’s books.Physics of the Future ,The Future of the Mind,…

What music do you listen to while working?

I usually watch movies while I work.I listen to music when I stop working.I don’t have a style, I like all kinds of music.

Any advice for new Artists?

I think the best advice is to practice as much as you can about your field. Follow experienced artists and if you have a chance participate their workshops.