Maxence Fleuret works in the video game industry, currently as a 3D modeler at Insomniac Games. On the side Maxence does 3D sculpture work for ARH Studios and teaches private ZBrush training.
Mold3D: Hi Maxence! Thank you for taking the time to talk to our audience! Can you please tell us a little bit about what you do and where you work?
Maxence: Hi, you are very welcome, it's always a pleasure to share and hopefully inspire people. I'm a character artist working at Insomniac Games and I also work freelance for ARH Studios making collectible statues of historical and fantasy characters.
Mold3D: Your ARH statue work is awesome! How did you get started in 3D printing?
Maxence: I've been involved in 3D printing since 2008 and started by posting my work on traditional sculpting websites, purposely avoiding the digital 3D sites. I wanted to see if the general public would be interested in this kind of medium. The idea was to "target" this audience instead of 3D fans to see if my printed work would resonate with sculptors. The audience seemed to respond favorably and I started getting asked to do commissions.
One of my clients was Jim Deming from Creature Lab. I was really excited because at the time printing was still pretty expensive and unless your intention was to make a kit and sell it, no one was doing it. So this was a great opportunity for me.
Right after that, I was looking for a job and wanted to get my work out there as a professional sculptor so I contacted Arahom Radjah from ARH Studios to ask if he was looking for a 3D artist, and he said yes!
Our first project was 'Spartacus', and the Batman statue was a project where I was asked to redesign an existing ARH Batman sculpt in a modern style. They wanted the the aesthetic of Japanese manga for the armor. It was really fun and I'm a big superhero fan so it was a blast to work on.
Mold3D: Do you use 3D printing as part of your process for the prototypes on these projects? If so, can you explain the process?
Maxence: I deliver a 3D file but no 3D print testing is done before the final print. I hope that will change soon when after I purchase my own printer. However, the experience working on these projects has taught me what kind of forms read better once printed, and what to expect from a ZBrush file to translate well for a final output.
Mold3D: What’s your workflow (From 3D to final print)?
Maxence: My workflow is really basic, i would say that ZBrush is used 95 % of the time. I usually start with a model in a T pose to try to nail the proportions first without too much details, and then pose him in order to sculpt it correctly regarding that specific pose. Once the client is happy with the final sculpt I take care of the cleaning part, making sure there are no holes, that parts are thick enough etc.
Maya is used when I need a clean mesh with perfect UV's in order to use the noisemaker in ZBrush.
Mold3D: As a 3D modeler, what excites you about 3D printing?
Maxence: The ability to one day print a clone of myself who can do the dishes! In all seriousness, right now it's finally having the possibility to touch my work, something that is more rewarding than simply looking at an image. Again, the general audience is way more receptive to physical objects, and it's easier to explain and show them that 3D art is not just playing on a computer, and so much more can be done.
Also I have to say that as a big maquette fan, seeing my work displayed at an event like the Comic Con is pretty awesome!
Mold3D: What innovation do you hope to see for the 3D printing industry in the next five years?
Maxence: Faster, cheaper, new materials and more precision for personal home printers. I also want to see what the medical field is going to do with printing, what's being done now is already quite impressive.
Mold3D: How does 3D printing help market yourself as an artist?
Maxence: It opens doors to a new market and ways of making art. For instance, one of my dreams is to turn one of my future pieces into a bronze statue that would have been impossible without 3D printing.
I think the best example is this one, I gave up trying to explain to my grandmother what I do working in the video game industry. No I can say "Do you see this (printed) sculpt ? I did that"! It saves a me a LOT of time having to explain what I do!
Mold3D: What are you future plans with 3D printing?
Maxence: I'm going to try to focus more on personal work and see if my art can be appreciated. I'm also hoping to collaborate with some friends on some independent toys/statue projects. Maybe starting out just for fun and then seeing if it we can take it farther. Fingers crossed!
Mold3D: Thank you Maxence for taking time to talk to our audience! If you want to check out more of Maxence's work, check out his website: http://mfleuret.blogspot.com/