Interview with Made

by 3D Addict

    Made is his handle, and French is his nationality.Made is considered as being among the best scene graphicians.He have been involved in the scene since the days of A500, and still uses his Amiga to create graphics.Before you start reading, you may check his personal gallery to see how talented and productive he is.Anyway, here comes the interview with one of the best scene pixeller :)

    3D Addict


    You are among the best scene graphicians, and have bean it for a while. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

    Let's present myself : my "real" name is Carlos, i'm 20 year old (01/24/77, for happy birthday wishes & presents:), i live in Paris and i'm studying Fine arts & working for brand new game company. I'm involved in one more racing game...My interests are movies, painting, drinking with friends , raytracing and smoking...Na! Life is too goood!

    He, he :))
    Ok, what was your first computer, how and when did you become involved in the scene and when did you start drawing?

    I got my first computer in 1987, it was an Amstrad CPC6128, a really cool 8bit engine. After some months i created with a friend my first group & diskmag called Disc Full, it was my first "scene" experience. I enjoyed coding & doing gfx on CPC,(my first drawing program was a self coded program who put dots and line in the screen), but i had to choose between art and code. I found my unique & lovely old nickname Made in 1987, but it's another long and indescriptible story...
    In 1991 i bought my first 16bit computer, the Amiga500. It was the must for a graphician like me to have so many colors and resolutions to work; fastly i get in contact with some guys in the scene and joined HMD (Hemoiroid) and done some graphics for TCP demo packs. After some months i joined SCOOPEX and worked most of the time with a great friend, Ninja. We signed lot of productions under SCX label during few years. I continued supporting Amiga forces buying an A1200 some years after. Gengis asked me to join the BOMB staff, it was a pleasure to work with him, we worked also in FEARS, my first experience in a game project. In 1994, i started doing some things on PC with some friends, but i seriously worked on PC demos in the begining of 1996 with Impact.

    What hardware/software do you use now and where do you get the inspiration from?

    I have an Amiga1200 and a P180, i still use the great DeluxePaint 4 on Amiga and Cloanto PPaint for some Palette retouching. But i'm always looking and trying new tools, like Photoshop, TVPaint... My inspiration? Like all graphicians i think, in every things of the life.

    I see.Tell me, how many hours a day do you spend in front of your amiga, and how many of those hours are used on making gfx?

    All the time i spent in front of a computer is for drawing or surfing on the Net. I'm not interested in doing something else on a computer, like playing...Despite the fact i draw most of the time on paper or computer, i don't draw more than 2 or 3 hours a day on my computer, exept befor exeptional events like parties or demos deadlines. I can't draw to much time on the same thing, i quickly get borred.

    get bored? hmm, but you certainly are very productive.Now, I know from my own experience that it can take days and often weeks to draw a good picture.How long does it take to draw a good picture for you, and what are the most important aspects of making a great image?Also how long did it take you to draw Eden377?

    I can't say you exactly how much time I take to do a piture, it's always a new experience to do one. It can be few days, if it's easy or if I'm very motivated or it can be months, for a big picture.
    The most important aspects of making a great image for me is to have a perfect copy of the begining idea I had on my mind in the finished picture. I can spend hours, days on few pixels. It took me more than one month to do EDEN377, that i finished in hurry, like most of the time before a party!

    What do you find the most difficult to draw, and which phase of your drawing do you enjoy most.Personally I like mostly making the finishing touches when the image is about 95% complete.

    The most difficult for me are two things : Hairs and colors, i spend most of the time that I take to do a pic correcting hair antialiases, splines and mixing my palette. I really enjoy doing the sketch of a picture, just drawing the initial ideas on the picture.

    Which of your own images do you consider as the best one and which was the most difficult to draw?

    My favorites are Animal reign, Eden377 and SureShot. The most difficult to draw was unhesitatingly SureShot! It tooke me about 2 months of very hard work, I started this picture in summer 1996 (the left part), and finished it in the beggining of 1997.

    Being an active scener for some time now, you must have seen a lot of pics made by other graphicians.Who is your favourite graphician and why?

    My favorite, and technical master is RA; He has an unique and unbeliveable style, a perfect technique and wonderful colors. It's a pitty that he stopped doing pictures nowdays. But, to be honest, I must say that UNO, HOF, JOACHIM and ELECTRON are one of the best graphicians of the scene, I love them!

    Yeah, I like them too.Tell me about the new slideshow, called ARTCORE II.When is it going to be released?

    We are designing it at this time...For this second issue of ArtCORE I invited great graphicians of the demoscene, like DANNY, DESTOP, ELECTRON, TITAN and GELMIR to join me in the art gallery. I hope it'll be ready for September on Amiga and PC.

    Wow!I can't wait.You said you do trace alittle.What do you think about raytracing?

    I try to take some times to learn more and more in 3ds. I use this tool for 3 years now, it's for that reason that you could have seen modelised 3d objects by me in the main parts of Explora and Shian Lee.

    What about redrawing?

    Redrawing is a choice, a little bit of scene graphicians have taken the choice to don't redraw pictures! I respect them, it take lot of time to have an original idea and put it in pixels in a picture. Those last times, I used to compose pictures with various sources (like personal photos, paintings, magazine photos). I try to mix all those images to have a final picture that exacly fit with my original idea and style, not very easy, but more original than simples copy.

    Ok.What are your future party plans?Will you be at Assembly'97, Saturne'97, or other parties?

    I'll surely go to the Wired97, BOMB is in the organizers list, I must be there! The Assembly seems to be a great party, but it's too far for me, mum don't want... And for the others parties, I have no idea now.

    Ok.Thanks for the interview, and best of all in your future plans as a graphician. :)

    Thanx pal!

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