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Spotlight - Justin Dowling - CGI Artist


- View Justin's Creativepool profile.


‘I am self employed CGI artist based in Stokes Croft, Bristol, originally from London.
I have over a decade experience in digital media, focusing mainly on 3D modelling, lighting & animation - I have worked for major aerospace companies and architectural visualisation studios around Bristol.

I share an office with Play Nicely, a full service media agency - I'm friends with the directors who encouraged me to take the plunge and really go for the freelance thing - I was reticent at first but I'm glad I listened to them.
Since going freelance I've worked with many agencies around the country and things have just been growing and growing - long may they continue!'

How long have you been a Freelancer for?
I've been a full time freelancer for two years now but did bits on the side before that.

Describe your work in one sentence.
I consider my work craft rather than art - so I'm proud to say I am technical, efficient and let the ideas speak for themselves - I try to make my influence as invisible as possible.

What's the most important thing you've learnt in your line of work?
Get things done as quickly as you can. Make sure you clear the deck for the next job.

What attracted you to your chosen field?
I played with Lego all the time as a kid and locked myself in with a computer through my awkward teenage years - put that together and you get a 3D artist.

Tell us about your best project to date.
The one I'm working on right now with Play Nicely - we're doing an intro and idents for a major sporting event (coming soon!); seeing the dailies with the stirring music made me feel a bit tearful.

What sets you apart from your competitors?
I love my job, I love what I do and I am always interested in whatever I'm working on - I put as much enthusiasm into rendering rubbish bins as I do with giant robots.

If you could work on any project for any company/organisation, what would it be and who would it be for?
I would love to be doing VFX for the inevitable remake of Ulysses 31 with someone like MPC.

What frustrates you the most about your job?
Lack of routine - you can't just down tools at 5 o'clock and go home. It can really affect other aspects of your life and really upset the balance. First you miss the gym, then you are eating junk food and then before you know it you're raiding the good bins outside Subway at 4am.

What pearl of wisdom can you offer to someone thinking about starting out as a freelancer?
Don't. I don't want any more competitors!

If you could have ONE super power, what would it be?
The ability to make everyone around me accepts that they are wrong about everything.

What's your favourite bit of kit?
My HTC Desire HD - I can run my business from my phone if I need to; I can even remotely access my work machines and troubleshoot.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I have never purchased my own underwear.

What's your favourite song of all time?
An impossible question! But to pick one... 'The Disappointed' by XTC

What is your favourite App?
Spotify for mobile - bring warehouses worth of music and all your playlists to any gathering.

iPhone or Blackberry?

Too Cool for School or too School for Cool?
I am the omnipotent all-seeing, all-hearing master of time, space and infinity.

Facebook or Twitter?
You don't get to see how obese your school bullies have become on Twitter, so Facebook.

Eat In or eat out?
Eat in, at the office desk watching renders.

Follow Justin:
Twitter: @JD3D_CGI
YouTube: /mynewcat
Visit my website 

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