Sep 02

Author Interview: Modelplusmodel

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 11:17 — julie

Meet Modelplusmodel from 3DOcean!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

Den: At first, let me introduce ourselves. Modelplusmodel is in fact two people: Denis Tsybko aka Marty McFly and Victoria Polyakova aka Breeze. We are 25 years old and live in Russia.

In our team I am responsible for CG and Victoria for the maintenance of our website, for the selection of models, arrangement of all work files, communication with people and many other useful things. CG is our hobby and job at the same time.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

Victoria: At the moment we present on, but in future we plan to widen our business to other marketplaces. We sell collections of 3D models for architectural visualization – for interiors and exteriors. Also, we plan to create hdri, textures and tutorials for CG.

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

Den: I always liked to draw, but since I am not good at drawing nothing came out of it. In 2000 I discovered 3ds Max. I started the same way as probably 99% of guys – modeling cars. I don’t know why. It may be because they have a lot of details and it allowed me to gain experience in modeling quickly.

To tell the truth I didn’t manage to finish any of my cars, so I have nothing to boast except the wheel of a Hyundai Porter. I’m kidding. :)

I would like to be proud of the certificates I received from training courses, but I learned everything through the Internet. In particular, I learned a lot from the site and my first job at the company Digitex where I have been working as a CG artist.

Describe your home workspace.

Den: Nothing extraordinary. I have basic work tools – a Wacom tablet, Apple keyboard and a simple mouse. See the photo.

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

Den: At first, I look for references around the Internet – photos, drawings (blueprints), historical articles. This allows me to learn about the object in detail. It is great if I also get the opportunity to see the object in real life.

For example, when I needed to make a Danese Milano calendar I even bought it and split it into parts. Since I wanted the model to be as similar to the original as possible, I worked thoroughly on every visible detail.

Danese Milano calendar split into parts
Danese Milano calendar model

If you look to our models you will not see any screws rotated to the same angle, or an inscription that shouldn’t be there. Because the buyer evaluates the model before purchase only by the image, I also pay much attention to render settings.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Victoria: It is obvious that models of bad quality will not make good portfolio. Therefore my advice is very simple – try to make every item as good as you can, and do not upload bad models, and your portfolio will look professional. I think it’s better to have few great items than many low-quality objects.

What do you do to market your files?

Victoria: Quality objects and beautiful renders. If you have the most advanced model on the market, but with a terrible render, no one’s going to look at it, and even fewer will buy it.

We keep our prices reasonable, offer collections with several models, and free files that any may use.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

Victoria: Stand Mixer KitchenAid Artisan of course.

Tivoli Audio Model One Radio

Alessi Anna G., Corkscrew

They are beautiful objects – I saw the actual products and they are fantastic. They are pleasant to the eye and will be popular for many years.

We have tried to make them as accurately as possible because their designers have worked them up to the last detail and we just had no right to spoil the result of their hard work.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

Den: Well, besides from everybody’s favorite Paguthrie in 3DOcean we like Joefrey at ThemeForest. He makes things that is really nice to watch.

What do you do in your spare time?

Den: I like bikes. Now I cycle on a Haro Thread Eight. It helps me relax and get some fresh air after a whole day sitting at a computer.

Victoria: I often go to the cinema or watch movies at home. I also ride a bicycle and like to swim in the pool.

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