Eugene Caasi

Armored only with courage and belief and when fascination turns into obsession. Today please join us to welcome another very inspiring artist. We ask him about what keeps him inspired and passionate. Let’s check out our interview with him with a piece of advice on how to try to develop efficient working techniques, how to deal critics and don’t be upset when things are getting harder but with aim for rewarding outcomes. This real life story is something to be inspired of and enjoy the superb rendered images from him below…

Featuring: Mr. Eugene Cañete Caasi
Senior 3D Designer /Architectural & Interiors
/Dubai

“The Interview”

Please tell us a little bit about yourself, like how long are you working in this industry?

Well to start with, my name is Eugene “Soy Weird” Cañete Caasi. I am currently & passionately working as a Senior 3d Designer for Architectural & Interiors at Emsquare Engineering in Dubai, UAE and still loving the city for its ultramodern architecture for more than 12 years now. Our company has 65 on-going projects (multi-level luxurious apartments, commercial buildings, towers, high-end villas in the most expensive properties in Palm Jumeirah and various interior spaces.

I had always been fascinated with art in general may it be poetry, photography, digital art, 3d visuals -architecture & interior design. But as far as my memory can take me, it was 1998 when I started learning autocad release 11 & photoshop 7 while studying B.S. in Architecture at the University of Mindanao. Until a very good friend of mine, introduced me to Discreet 3dsmax 4 in 2000 and my fascination turned into an obsession.

As a promdi from Davao, it was a rough start for me learning this craft in the beginning simply because internet wasn’t a fad. I had limited resources to turn to when I had doubts on manipulating the software back then so i had to discover for myself what I needed to absorb. And I also worked alone at home for 5 years taking my own clients introducing them to 3d for it was a foreign concept for them what 3d render really meant. My Philippine struggle was a history, when I decided to go abroad in 2005 for a greener pasture leaving my 2 precious kids and my most loving wife behind then.

 

What philosophy do you apply to your work that our community may find inspiring or helpful?

In this 3d world, even though I had been here for 17 years, I am still learning now and consider myself a student because I always believe that knowledge is an evolution of unending process. Everyday I start my day with enthusiasm knowing that I got the chance not only to put smiles to clients faces by realizing their dreams but also witnessing our very own design with the help of my team, being built, coming into life from the design concept stage to reality and that in itself is an art. Priceless beyond words…

What are the difficulties you encounter in working this project and the solution you can suggest to our readers?

Well, more than 17 years had passed, with the various projects I had undertaken, everytime, I tackled them in so many different ways. As they say, different strokes for different folks . But if I may go back to basics, first I normally gather ideas. For instance varied photographs related to the given project, textures necessary to the scene, 3d models that may speed up the process rather than modelling all the components to complete your scene, having my 3d model collection essentially ready, backgrounds and the like.

But of course, in a big firm, you always have the advantage because the work is designated to people specialized in their own given tasks let’s say, after the design concept had been decided by the architects & the designers initially draftsmen would do the cad drafting and when its ready you can come in and start creating the model, rendering and the post processing.

There are 3 major softwares in my process and I call them the “holy trinity softwares”, Autocad 2017, 3dsmax 2017 with a Vray 3.4 rendering engine and Photoshop Cs6. Basically, I outline my floor plans and elevations in Cad. Create my 3d model, apply my materials, render in Max and finally make my final post process in Photoshop. Simply pretty basic actually.

One of the most important key factor for me is speed. Speed can kill as they say. This has always been my best weapon for deadlines. This may seem a bit harsh but that’s the reality of this field. Clients or bosses give the project today but your actual deadline was 2 days back. So far, it has been working for me. Justice delayed is justice denied. I call it justice because clients are spending millions for every project. So by not submitting the 3d presentations on time is a big monetary injustice. Just a piece of advice, try to develop efficient, working techniques to hasten up the result of your best presentation.

 

With the tight turnaround and complicated work, what keeps you inspired and passionate?

The love for the art had always been my foundation. This is my driving force why I never get tired of doing what I do. Knowing that everyday is another opportunity to express myself in a way that it makes me fulfilled and satisfied with every image I create. An opportunity to explore another visions. meeting high profile clients and gaining recognition for every visual that you render. That to me is something to be inspired, passionate about and best of all the financial rewards that comes with it.

Do you have anything to add that will help inspire others. Please feel free to let us know.

Go in touch with people of your kind. Accept comments for we are not perfect and we will never be. Don’t be upset when things are getting harder. When people saying your work are not good enough, never give up. Keep chasing your dreams. Always strive to be the best version of yourself.

Don’t be a 3d purist sometimes we tend to think that everything can be achieved in 3d rendering. Discover the power of editing in photoshop. Sometimes it offers a faster and better solution. More than you can imagine. I can say that, aspiring 3d artist nowadays are luckier than during our times, even though I started late but I was still able to endure and now enjoying the ride.

I could still freshly remember when I first came here in Dubai with 150 dirhams, the mere money I had in my pocket for 2 months, armored only with courage and belief in myself that I knew I would bravely survive. Struggles will always be a part of every endeavor that is a given. Our 3d struggles will never be different from our real life’s struggles. For 3d is a life in itself.

Just enjoy your 3d journey. Learn from artist the you lookup to. When your working, think of it as a hobby not a job. At the end of the day, your talent will provide you with a financial abundance. And from time to time take a break. What I usually do I set a goal – a personal project outside of my office project but unlike the office deadline I give myself 1 month-deadline to finish up the artwork. I am my own client. As an artist, I inclined to believe that these personal 3d artwork of mine, are food to my soul.

Special thanks to Mr. Rey Gerali. More power to 3dteamz. Be blessed everyone. To God be the Glory.

 

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We would like to thank Mr. Eugene Cañete Caasi for sharing to us his experience for the inspiring insights, tips, advice and for the kind contribution he shared to the community.

Please stay tuned for more inspiring individuals. 3DTEAMZ will continuously scout for the talented and kind individuals in our community. We believe that real artist its not just about showing off, its about sharing it back of what we’ve learned. we called it Sharing Knowledge Beyond Borders! and we hope to learn from each others own experiences, help, support, unite and work together for the better future…

 

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