Victor Costa: A Team Player and a True Artist

by Joshua Diokno   

Maintaining close ties with a client in a project, getting their pulse, asking for feedback and not relying on your own artistic pride, (although you should never lose or compromise your vision) shows not only professionalism but also wisdom.

This Mr. Victor Costa knows by heart. And inasmuch as he is a team player, he knows where he wants to go and does not compromise. He values honest toil while leaving much for his own creative growth. Mr. Costa is an artist whom we would want to be.

So let’s get to know him through this short interview by Xeno Creatives and find out what makes him tick.

Xeno Creatives (XC): Given your experience in the industry, what do you think is your edge as a 3D artist?

Victor Costa (VC): Well, when I’m working on a freelance project, I need to get all my customer’s necessities. I like keeping a “close relationship” which means showing my progress and getting their feedback. That way, the client and I get to work on the project together. I really like working with a team mainly because I always learn a lot during the process–it’s like an exchange of experience and ideas.

XC: Whom do you do you consider your influence(s)?

VC: I started being influenced many years ago by my father who is a traditional artist. He has always showed me books and images from classic artists. When I started learning 3D, I got to know Rafael Grassetti, Kris Costa, Alex Oliver, Fausto de Martini, Simon Lee and many others. I don’t know if these influences can be seen through my work, but somehow all these artists have influenced me a lot. Actually, every day I get to know a new great artist around whom I haven’t known about and they truly amaze me.

XC: So far, what were the challenges that you had encountered working in the 3D industry?

VC: So far, the biggest challenge that I have experienced was getting my “first” jobs.

I also had to overcome difficulties and keep learning until quality was apparent in my works so that it could get noticed.

It took some time and a lot of frustration,  but it was a necessary pain. I believe that the learning process is constant.

XC: What is your most exciting project to date?

VC: It’s hard to say, but recently I finished a work called Borovichok, based on a Klaher Baklaher’s painting. I really enjoyed creating it. Aside from that, I have lots of personal projects in mind, and I’m working on some fun professional project.

XC: Do you have any advice to aspiring artists?

VC: I think it’s a very personal journey. What works for me might not work for other artists or aspiring artists.

But if I should give an advice, it would be: get out of your comfort zone. Look for reference (this changed my work), choose a project and start it. Finish it.

Then, on the next project, try something new. Overcome your obstacles.

Want to see more of Mr. David Costa’s amazing works? Click here!

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