The Student Who Became a Teacher: Interview with Featured Tutor Adam Chase
Everyone has something they can teach someone, even if you're still a student. That was the case with our latest Featured Tutor, freelance 3D artist, Adam Chase. Even while a student, Adam started to share his passion for CINEMA 4D with others and now he's back to tell us what it was like to be a Guest Tutor and what he hopes to accomplish with his latest course. Digital-Tutors: Thanks for talking with us! Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and some of the work you are currently working on? Adam Chase: Well, I currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I’ve been freelancing for over five years now and it’s been a bumpy but exciting ride. I actually freelanced my way through college where I studied Accounting and Business. Although I don’t have an education in design or architecture, I hope to one day apply my business skills and start or be part of a small startup that is in the design field. Digital-Tutors: You have been a Guest Tutor with Digital-Tutors several times now teaching architectural visualization. What is it like to be an educator in your space? First of all, it’s been a pleasure and I’m honored. Being given the chance to create content for Digital-Tutors that benefit the CINEMA 4D community has been a really cool experience. I remember when I was first starting out learning CINEMA 4D and there wasn’t a huge library of tutorials anywhere. Now with Digital-Tutors, it’s probably much easier for people to pick CINEMA 4D. I like trying to pass on as much as I know to others. It's a good feeling. Digital-Tutors: Regarding your latest course, Realistic Interior Creation with CINEMA 4D and V-Ray, what is the biggest edge members can gain from watching? The biggest thing people can walk away with is a fundamental understanding of V-Ray, which in and of itself can be fairly daunting to learn. I did my best to go over the basics and lay down the proper frame work for people to expand upon. When VRAYforC4D came out a few years ago, there was a lot of trial and error in the learning process but I hope I simplified that for people who are just making the transition to V-Ray. Digital-Tutors: What is the most difficult part of your design process and how do you overcome it? The most difficult part of my design process when I’m creating my own personal projects is trying to find the proper inspiration. I tend to have way too many ideas in my own head and refining them down to a usable attainable idea is often hard for me - like many creative people I suppose. Digital-Tutors: What’s the best part? The best part by far is when everything starts to come together. From the original concept, then getting started on the modeling and having everything come together nicely in the end. Obviously, when you start to get to the point where your rough test renders start to come out nice is a pretty good feeling. Then, when everything’s wrapped up and I’m left with that final render(s) or animation that I’m satisfied with. Digital-Tutors: Technology is always changing. How do you keep up? Is it even possible to keep up with technology? I don't get all caught up in the whole thing really. I tend to buy new gear every few years and just work with what I have. I started doing all this throughout school. So, I just had to work with a student’s budget. I’d buy the best things I could at the time. When it became outdated, well, I’d still work on that same system. I think working on an outdated system made me have to concentrate harder on trying to improve my own workflow to remain efficient. Digital-Tutors: In what way has Digital-Tutors affected your career as an artist? Working with Digital-Tutors has greatly impacted my career. When I did my first course, I was still in school and found that I just ended up getting too many gigs for myself to even handle. I even had to pass up on some that I would have really loved to have worked on. This is obviously a good problem to have in the end. A client on the phone even recognized my voice from a previous tutorial on Digital-Tutors. I thought that was pretty funny. Digital-Tutors: What are some trends that you see happening in architectural visualization? Is there any specific technology that you are excited about that will change the way you create? I think the next big thing is going to be programs like Lumion that offer real-time rendering capabilities. I don’t really know if I’m going to jump on board with programs like this right now as they’re fairly new. I’d just like to see how things play out in the next couple of years with them. One of the trends in arch viz currently is the creation of hyperrealistic renders that people have been aiming to do for years but now it seems like everyone can pull them off. Personally, I’d like to start seeing more artistic unrealistic stuff. Digital-Tutors: When you’re not creating art, what would we find you doing? I was raised in the country. So, I try to get out of the city and relax and let my mind settle for a bit every chance I get. I’m also planning to head back to school part time in the near future. I just enjoy being in a classroom, especially if it’s full of like-minded people. Along with those things, just the usual hanging out with friends and family. Digital-Tutors: Anything else you would like to share before we leave? Again, I’d like to thank Digital-Tutors for giving me the opportunity to create another course for my fellow C4D users. Thank you for your time Adam! See more from Adam now by visiting his website and watching his latest course covering Creating a Modern-Style Interior Scene in CINEMA 4D and V-Ray and previous architectural visualization tutorials.