Interview with Vadim Ignatiev aka James O’Brien

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

My mother was concerned about those time what I spend with video games. So, she just gave me slow laptop and sent me to the village. It was so boring time with bad wheather and with lack of entertainment. I had no choice but to take that old laptop and start to study Blender it was the beginning. I couldn’t tear myself away from 3D anymore.

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

The best source of inspiration for me are photos of USA at the 60s.

How does a typical working day look like?

Just sitting at a computer and suddenly the idea comes and work begins. I can sitting all day in anticipation of the idea.

What does your workplace look like?

Hahaha. nothing special, just a desk, chair, computer.

How do you stay motivated in this tough industry?

Just want to be more and more cool want to create something with big idea not just a simple 3D art without inner meaning.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

Music, singing and playing piano.

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

Main tip, don’t be lazy, of course you people understand it but you need to create a plan, for exapmle – to day I will create this and this, tomorrwo this and this. And this plan should be updated every day.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Usually Blender and GIMP but sometimes I use Substance Painter for textures

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

I think Maya, this is very important in studios and comfortable for work.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Plato – „Myth of the cave“

What music do you listen to while working?

Very good question. So, I listen „The Script“, „OneRepublic“, „Imagine Dragons“, „Kodaline“, „Coldplay“, „Bastille“ and Harry Styles’s music.

Any advice for new Artists?

Find your aim in CG and die but reach it!