Richard Clark, our META 2015 winner for the category Cars – Video is a character animator from Cape Town Area of South Africa. He has a great love in character animation and modeling. Apart from being an enthusiastic and talented 3D generalist – he is also an adventurer, runner and competitive athlete who is always up for new challenge. For Richard, outdoors is the perfect place to get to know the real world as he also find it as a wonderful place to watch and interact with nature as well as to hone his skills as an animator.
The winning cars video titled “Tag” has been an exercise to produce a complete 3D animated project – from concept to final composite. Let’s get to know more of our winner, Richard Clark and his META winning piece through our short interview below:
- What is your inspiration to make the winning piece?
“I have an appreciation for classic cars and I feel they have so much character in their designs. When I completed the model of the stylized Isetta, I wanted to make a short chase scene. While developing the story I came to a point where I asked myself was, “If this car was a robot, what it would look like?” That idea helped form the final concept for the story.”
- What are the challenges and experiences you faced during the making of your artwork?
“Coming up with a scenario and working out the design of the robot car were about the most challenging, but fun at the same time. It was a little project I set myself where I could touched on most aspects of producing a 3D piece – story boarding/previz, modelling, texturing, animating, editing, lighting, rendering, compositing and adding sound Fx.”
- Of all the digital arts you created, which one are you most proud of apart from your winning piece in META and why?
“Creating a stylized model of the BMW Isetta is the work I’m most proud of. This is the first time I’ve tried to characterize or create a caricature of a vehicle, which I had a lot of fun doing. As a result, the character (car) I created inspired the story and the robot transformation.”
- What is your goal?
“My goal is to work for people or companies that are producing exciting work – to be part of a team that motivates me to be the best I can be as an animator. I also want to inspire artist and help them achieve their goals.”
- Please share a short message to the young artists who want to pursue their dreams in digital arts.
“Being a digital artist can be extremely rewarding. Follow those dreams, be creative, experiment and explore. Find a mentor or school – someone who can help you develop your skills, and never stop learning!”
Middle East Talents Awards and Pixelhunters are proud to see your outstanding work in META 2015. It is a pleasure to conduct a short interview and get to know your inspiration and thoughts especially for the young artists. With your appreciation to arts – your ideas was brought to life. Keep being creative and innovative! Congratulations.