Who is Ryan Crocker what do you do and where are you based?
Who am I . . . I’m a 32 year old senior 3D Animator/ Compositor and Artist, currently residing in Johannesburg, Fourways. I work for a facility called Spaghetti.tv, a young company trying, and succeeding, to take over the world through our creative talents. I love what I do, creating 3D Graphics and imaging for Broadcast TV, but that’s at work, where you have to follow ‘briefs’ and conform to changes that you may or may not agree with. In my free time, I’m raising my newly born beautiful daughter and being the superman of all husbands (hahahaha), but when I have a moment, I’m either creating personal 3D pet projects, or just playing games and relaxing . . . In our industry we can work long hours, and under extremely ‘tight’ deadlines, so there is a lot of pressure to get the work done on time . . . my weekends become little crystals of relaxation and spending time with my family.
How would you define your creative style?
Hmmmmm, I would say that my creative style is one that is always evolving, growing to meet the client’s expectations, or matching something that I think is new, cool, fresh and unique. I’m a non-conformist so i try to be an individual. As a creative working in an industry that thrives on specifics and conservative ideologies, I have to break away and create awesome works, whether it be recreating something that isn’t 3D or creating something new, I never settle on not doing something – I have to keep busy.
Tell us about the awesome Mitsubishi rally beast.
Well Mitsubishi Rally Beast is a joint production, which started out with me just finding something awesome on www.behance.net. I found a couple of drawings done by a really talented artist, Andrey Pridybaylo aka Nitrouz – he’s a brilliant artist and ‘conceptualist’, have a look at his work on: http://www.behance.net/nitrouzzz.
Yeh, so we got talking and we agreed on bringing one of his car characters into the realm of 3D . . . and as they say the rest is history . . .
Just kidding, from there it took me about 3 days to rough out the 3D car, and a further 4 days to finalise, comp and grade the shot. This included creating all the props, the textures, lighting and rendering. It was a bit crazy because I have a license for VRay, and had never used it, so I got some advice from a colleague on the do’s and don’ts and started using it. All I can say is WOW, a great renderer to say the least, and I’m really chuffed that Chaosgroup brought it to Softimage
What are you currently working on and what’s in the future ?
Currently I’m working on another pet project involving a Great White Shark and a Coral Reef, and this is quite a big project . . . I’m also working on creating a 3D Mountain Gorilla, a Toyota Supra and so on and so on. There are talks of working with Andrey again – he’s currently working on sketching out an American truck – the Ford F150, which just looks Insane – can’t wait honestly. If you are interested follow me on Behanceor my website (http://ryananimation.prosite.com0 for regular updates.
What advice would you give to young South African creatives looking to do what you do.?
As creatives we generally love what we do, so aim to always learn and develop your skills. Never become complacent about your work, keep humble and always listen to what people have to say about your work – good or bad. I always say: “good work is average, but great work is special, so be great at what you do”
Where can our readers find your work?
Email me at: ryananimation[at]yahoo.com
Visit my portfolio prosite: http://ryananimation.prosite.com
Have a look at my works in progress : http://www.behance.net/ryananimation
Follow me on Twitter: @ryanleecrocker
Where I work: www.spaghetti.tv
Ryans work and his showreel
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