For 3D modeler and visualizer Glen Southern, much of his work happens before the first drawing. If he finds he’s lacking in inspiration…he goes scuba diving!
Glen, a Wacom evangelist, focuses on the conceptual design of characters and creatures. He works for clients across a wide range of industries, although the bulk of his work is in broadcast television and advertising.
Glen’s recipe for ground-breaking work sounds simple: you need to be inspired, have the time and space to work, and be surrounded by fellow visionaries. All the rest is – according to Glen – a mix of talent and “brute force.” Is that last part why he chose to build an ogre “that reflects my personality” for his self-portrait?
Actually, the real reason is that Glen is very passionate about wildlife. That’s why he made his big, gruff-looking character look in wonderment at nature, which is represented by a furry little butterfly.
Nature and art are Glen’s two passions in life. That also sums up his style of work in a nutshell – and it makes a lot of sense, too. To be able to model in 3D, you need a good working knowledge of anatomy, both human and animal – a fascinating subject that complements your whole career. That’s why Glen takes drawing classes every few years and spends as much time outdoors as his work allows.
But beware, Glen tells us: if an image or animation fails to convey the intended message, then it doesn’t matter how technically perfect it is; it’s no good. The key to achieving amazing results is still in the preparation ahead of time. So go ahead, work out all of the minute details concerning mood, color, lighting and composition, and if you’re still lacking in inspiration…try to find your equivalent to scuba diving!