Graham Murdoch p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. This issue features Graham Murdoch, who creates 3d images of robots, F1 cars, space vehicles and other subjects futuristic, as well as landscapes and other renderings using software like Modo. His creations are eyecatching, with realistic textures and details. Check out his pictures on mmdi.co.uk.

READERSVOICE.COM: What are some of the best books you’ve read relating to 3d art that you could recommend, whether collections of art or instructional books or others?

GRAHAM MURDOCH: Jeremy Birn’s Digital Lighting & Rendering, bought back in the early noughties, is still a great resource for a grounding of information. Software manuals were always good for joining the dots.
From a background in graphic design, Barney Bubbles was, and still is, a massive inspiration. So Reasons To Be Cheerful – The life and work of Barney Bubbles by Paul Gorman sits over my left shoulder.
There were also a couple of Japanese airbrush illustration books lent to Luke; he said the pictures of hamburgers looked so real that he ate them. I believe he actually did.
These days the MODO forum starts as the main fount of knowledge and inspiration and thisiscolossal.com is a wonderful place to visit for all manner of art-related treats.

RV: What sorts of magazines do you like to read relating to art, especially 3d art?

GM: 3D World and 3D Artist magazines are always packed full of great work and information. 125 magazine carries a diverse spread of creative talent. In the olden days it would be Macworld and Macuser for picking up tips, tricks and all the buzz around Apple’s next great desktop model release.

RV: Where do you live in the UK and what’s your daily routine?

GM: I live in South-East England, work from home and have a varied daily routine depending on the work that’s in. If there are client deadlines, the hours are long and sustained: No client deadlines, then it’s pretty disorganised and undisciplined. Should get out more. Freelancing can be painful: patchy work flow, finding work, late payers, all the insecurity stuff, but the benefits of having your own time more than make up for the difficulties.

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