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EPISODE 30

Jesus Fernandez // Grooming Artist

GROOMING ARTISTS: SKILLS AND BILLS

TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Understanding the right technology tools for a professional grooming 3D artist.
  • The difference between 3D work according to industry needs and where grooming work is categorized.
  • The importance of being knowledgeable in modeling when going into grooming fully.
  • Learning how to value your work as an artist no matter your area of specialization.
Art Heroes Podcast ep.30:
Jesus Fernandez // Grooming Artist
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Who is it
Jesus Fernandez is a Character artist from Costa Rica with 10 years experience in many different areas of the industry, from Archiviz to digital animation, and now video games and short films. He is specialized in grooming 3D characters.

Why should you listen
In this episode of the Art Heroes Podcast, Jesus talks about his career journey from an undervalued 20-year-old to a grooming artist that knows his value. He describes the right tools and technologies he uses and the ones he feels are the easiest for artists looking to specialize in grooming.
Summary
Jesus Fernandez is a character artist from Costa Rica with 10 years experience in many different areas of 3D, from Archiviz to digital animation, and now video games and short films. He is specialized in grooming 3D characters.

In this episode of the Art Heroes Podcast, Jesus talks about his career journey from an complete 20-year-old beginner to a grooming artist that knows his value. He describes the right tools and technologies he uses and the ones he feels are the easiest for artists looking to specialize in grooming.

Listen in to learn what differentiates 3D grooming from other areas and why it is critical. You will also learn the important lesson of valuing yourself and your work as an artist and how to price yourself.
GET IN TOUCH WITH JESUS
"The good thing with grooming is it's the same as modeling, you can do it on any software…the tool doesn't make the artist."
KEY MOMENTS OF THE EPISODE

  • [1:04] Jesus explains how he started CG grooming and went from personal work to professional work.
  • [7:47] He talks about the technologies he uses and has used over the years for grooming such as XGen Houdini.
  • [12:00] How to choose the right tools as a professional grooming artist and why Jesus recommends XGen as the easiest software.
  • [14:56] The importance of having an eye for detail as a grooming artist.
  • [19:24] Jesus describes typical grooming projects- what both junior and senior processes look like.
  • [27:10] Understanding what differentiates feather modeling and the expected changes with grooming tools.
  • [31:06] The different areas of 3D work and what makes grooming different and very critical.
  • [35:10] He shares what is easier and difficult in 3D work for him to do.
  • [36:20] Why you need to have proper knowledge in modeling when going into grooming.
  • [39:46] Jesus explains why it is a myth that groomers earn more than other 3D artists.
  • [44:06] He narrates his career journey and how he learned to value his work from an inexperienced 20-year-old freelancer.
  • [1:00:43] Jesus answers the fun ten questions.
"Grooming is not as simple and is really demanding on resources and a lot of things can go wrong"
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