1. Tell me about yourself. Why did you choose 3D graphics.
My name is Maxim Samun, I am 28 years old, I live in the city of Dnipro, Ukraine. I met 3D graphics when I was 19 years old. At that time, I was in my last year at a railway technical school and realizing that I didn’t want to associate with the railway, I went to interior design courses. In truth, the design did not interest me, I chose the courses precisely because of the programs included in the training package. The course program included the study of 3DsMax. From the first lessons I realized that this is mine and I have been doing visualization for about 7 years, of which 5 years a freelancer.
2. How was the training schedule.
The courses lasted 10 months, we studied such programs as: Photoshop, CorelDRAW, AutoCAD and of course 3DsMax, 3 months were allocated for it. And all this time we studied modifiers and their settings)) The result that I got after training was terrible, but I got the foundation. The rest of my training took place on my own, on the Internet.
3. Why did you choose freelance rather than studio work?
Several factors influenced this choice:
- At that time in my city Dnepr, there were no good money offers for work in the office.
- And I also wanted more freedom and less control by the employer. But as it turned out, work at home imposes its difficulties and freedom turned out to be a very conditional concept.
4. Tell me how you are looking for customers? What are you focusing on?
When I started looking for clients, I already had a couple of seemingly worthy projects, with them I began to knock on the doors of all the design studios of big cities, Kiev, Moscow, etc. Somewhere after 50-60 letters, I got my first customers. After really good 3D visualizations appeared in my portfolio, the new studio studios themselves began to write me with job offers. Good projects come from the Behance site.
At the moment, I'm using Linkedin for an active search. There you can find managers, managers of large and not so companies.
5. Do you know foreign languages? Do freelancers need them today?
Not at the level at which I would like and which is enough for full communication with clients. Using translator.
Definitely, English will make your work easier.
6. Tell me an interesting case from work.
For me, the work of a 3d artist is very interesting in itself. This is my favorite work and it’s a hobby. All working moments are interesting in their own way, I can’t single out anything special now.
7. What projects do you like to do the most?
I love to make interiors, in particular projects for various furniture and light factories. When you need to harmoniously present their product in some cool interior. In such projects, I understand the task 100% and what is very pleasing is the minimum number of edits. Also, such projects have a large artistic component and a small number of angles, which allows most of the time to be devoted to the study of materials and light.
8. Where are you looking for inspiration for your work?
In fact, inspiration or an idea can arise spontaneously when watching a movie, traveling, or just relaxing. And then I’m already going to look for references. I use sites: pinterest.com, behance.net, render.ru, vwartclub.com, there are a lot of works on 3ddd.ru, but there is no normal selection for the gallery, because of this there are a lot of publications and it is difficult to look for beautiful projects.
Also Instagram, often there I learn about new people, studios and their projects from the tape))) It is enough to subscribe to a couple of top accounts and hashtags from the category #archviz #render
9. Do you continue to improve your skills? Level up? How? Lessons, conferences.
Yes, constantly. Of course, these are not as big steps as before, but every new project, especially not a commercial one, makes you find something new, or modify the old one. In the beginning, I used the site perevodvsem.ru very often. I just bought a ready-made translation, or participated in joint purchases of video lessons on the topic of 3D. The first time I worked in 3D, I took small modeling courses, took private lessons, even when I worked in the office, then when switching from Vray to Corona. If you want to do your job better, earn more, then you just need to study articles, watch lessons and sit on forums.
I attend conferences, only online, but there is more interest and motivation to work.
10. What is a freelancer in Ukraine? Advantages and disadvantages.
Plus: taxation and the relative cheapness of life, although the latter is already eroded, and when you get to Europe, you understand what you pay for.
It's hard for me to say about the downsides of freelance in Ukraine, I think they are common to all countries.
11. Have you had any suggestions to leave to work abroad? If so, why stayed.
Yes they do. Now it’s not so often, but just a year or two ago, there were many offers from various studios throughout Europe. While I am not considering them seriously, since I myself have not yet decided whether I am ready to work in a European studio and on this basis move to permanent residence or to develop my brand, which, as a result, will allow me to move wherever I want.
In any case, I’m thinking about this, I just want to create optimal conditions for myself to move.
12. How do you prefer to spend free time from work? Sport, travel.
I can’t say that this is not work, but for more than a year now I have been teaching at Freedes School. These are elementary courses for people with zero knowledge, who can diversify the routine of a visualizer on freelance.
Allocate a couple of weekends per week. I try to relax, spend time with friends. I like basketball, trips out of town, kayaks and bicycles in the summer, snowboarding in the winter.
13. What are you striving for in your work. What peaks, results?
When I started, I wanted to do something cool in archiving. The goal was to get an avard on render.ru and 3ddd.ru. After I got them, the goal has changed and now it is a studio that will allow me to get a little more free time and the opportunity to work on interesting projects.
14. Wishes, advices and parting words to the audience.
Friend, if you are confident in the choice and this business brings you pleasure, do not waste time in vain. Devote your time to achieving the goal, the plan is very simple - Find an object that has not yet been modeled, material that has not yet been created, lighting, or weather conditions that have not yet been set up. And try to recreate it in 3D. If you do not know how to do this, refer to the lessons, articles, write on the forums. Thus, you will increase your knowledge, and replenish the portfolio with new work.
Instagram author page: instagram.com/samun_max/
Authors portfolio: behance.net/samunmax
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