Today we chat with Johanny de Wet about her passion for the arts. Enjoy and happy Friday!
Who is Johanny de Wet and what do you do?
Hi I’m Jo. I’m a small town girl with big dreams. I’ve always been passionate about art so when the time came to decide what i wanted to do after school, it didn’t take me long to decided on becoming a Computer Graphics Artist. I was lucky enough to study at The Animation School in Cape Town and now I’m working on making my dreams come true. There is a lot more to me than just work and my love for 3D. In the coming months I will be getting married to my amazing fiance, Simon Anderson, who is coming back from overseas where he was working for Animal Logic. I love spending time with the important people in my life and being out doors, going on adventures! I love nature and animal, I grew up on a farm, but i also like relaxing at home just reading or watching movies and anime. Random facts about me is that I use to play the violin and im seriously considering taking it up again. I also got stung by a scorpion on my sisters wedding day. (luckily it was small and not poisonous!)
How would you define your style or art?
I’d say I have a very unique style. I’ve been drawing and painting since i was a small child and i was very dedicated to fine arts. I think my classical training still shows in my work. My work often has a look that’s a mixture between realism and surrealism. I enjoy drawing portraits, characters and animals the most. For 3D I’m trained as generalist, but I find myself focusing on Surfacing, Modelling and Lighting. I use a wide range of programs and mediums. I also like to try new things and mix it up so I think my style is always changing and, hopefully, improving.
What inspires your work?
Everything around me. I’m very passionate about what I do. The people I interact with, the things I see, nature, my experiences, feelings, etc. It’s really hard to narrow it down. I like to read and study, I think a lot of inspiration comes from there. I think I have a pretty active imagination as well and a lot of ideas just come out of the blue. My family and people I care about really inspire me to work hard and never give up.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m just finishing up with a freelance job. I worked with Gallium Graphics and did some 3D work for an advertisement. I’m looking for more work and I’m excited to tackle the next project! In my free time I paint and draw a lot and learn new programs and techniques to improve my skill set and abilities.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
I would say study hard, not just in class but in your own time as well. If you want to do well in 3D you have to really work hard and put in the hours. Also It’s a really hard market to get into so don’t get discouraged if you don’t make it right away and have trouble with finding work. Be humble, listen to the advice people give you, network, stay motivated and never stop learning!
Where can our readers follow your work?
To view my Showreel, please go to: http ://vimeo.com/54423958
To view Darkside (short I worked on last year) please go to :https://vimeo.com/54013799
To see more of my work please go to: http://www.behance.net/Johanny
You can also find me on Linked In as Johanny de Wet
I’ve entered the CG Student Awards Competition! Please See my Work and Vote for me at: