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Today’s Motionweeknight Blurb comes from animation heavyweight, Patrick Graf!
Patrick Graf is an amazing artist who loves to draw, and is now a director at Elefant Studios. His work brings to life such interesting characters, and so naturally, we are most interested in him!
MW: How did you start in the industry?
Patrick Graf: I studied Scientific Illustration at the School of Art in Zurich. It’s a very traditional education consisting of studies of anatomy, perspective, color theory, several paint techniques, etc.
After that I took my chance as a junior CG artist in a post production in Zurich. In my portfolio I had storyboards, illustrations and character designs.
MW: What best describes your own personal unique style?
Patrick Graf: I’m not sure if I have a unique style which you could recognize immediately. It’s mostly a mix of humor and different style techniques and parts of my personality. I like to draw and paint. I Iike to animate it in 2D and in 3D.
I like to tell a story.
I love to mix all of these aspects.
MW: What was your first job and project in the industry?
Patrick Graf: My very first job as a CG artist was a logo animation for a large bakery in Switzerland. Completely unspectacular, but for me it was the biggest thing. hehe
MW: What software and/or hardware has been instrumental in your growth as an artist?
Patrick Graf: I started to work with Adobe products such as Illustrator and Photoshop for illustrative and graphic projects.
On the 3D side I worked with Softimage 3D, Softimage XSI and now I’m working most of the time with Maya and Mudbox. I consider After Effects the best motion design tool. I would like to work more with ToonBoom and TVPaint as well.
MW: Does Elefant Studios have a unique signature style? Please describe.
Patrick Graf: Elefant Studios doesn’t really have a single unique style. We try to give every story or message the matching face. The skills of our artists are combined on a per project basis which increases the quality of the output.
MW: Any advice for freelance motion graphic artists?
Patrick Graf: I think you should always keep artistically and technically up to date.
MW: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Patrick Graf: I would like to see Elefant Studios become known in Europe for high quality animation and visual effects.
Personally, I want to become a better animator and director as well. But this is something that every artist strives for. I would also like to realize my short film idea. Maybe one day…
MW: We all know that motion graphics take a lot of time to complete. What’s your favorite food to eat when you’re staying up late working on all these amazing graphics?
Patrick Graf: Actually working late is usually a sign of bad organization. At Elefant Studios we try to avoid it as much as possible. Should it still happen again, I like to eat Thai and mostly “green curry with chicken”. Yummy!
We’re sure you’re all excited to see what Patrick Graf is all about, so here you go loyal readers! Here’s a Making Of for one of his masterpieces.
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