MONTHLY DESIGNER FEATURE: RICARDO PEREZ

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Ricardo grew up in East Los Angeles where he lived for 22 years before moving to Fresno, CA. He has been in Arizona since 2005. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. Ricardo received certifications from Los Angeles Trade Tech in Basic Electronics, IT, AutoCAD Design, 3D Design and Animation. He has extensive experience in the gaming industry and has worked as an independent contractor for many large corporations generating custom dome 3d animations. Ricardo has now been with Bar Napkin Productions as a 3d designer for almost a year.

What about 3d design and visualization interests you?

Generating images that are photo realistic.

What made you pursue a career in visualization?

Toy Story got me interested in 3d, and I have always loved architecture.

What are some projects you are currently working on that you enjoy and why?

Mayo Clinic School,  I like doing the animation and effects.  Another would be 3rd Street Flats Reno NV, creating part of a city scene is always fun.

Do you have a rendering style? If so how would you describe it?

I try to make it as photo-realistic as I can every time.

How has your work evolved as the technology constantly changes?

As technology evolves it has given me the ability to generate better and more detailed designs.

What personal skill has helped you the most in your career?

Traditional art skills; drawing, painting and sculpting. The ability to learn software.

How do you keep up on new techniques, trends and software in your field?

I am always reading about the industry and downloading all of the latest versions of software.

Is there a project that you are especially proud of?

The animation for Boeing, it was an incredible project that pushed me to learn particle systems for visual effects and character animation within a period of 2 months. It showed me that I could take on such a large scale project and complete it on time.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Finding ways to push myself to be better.

Where do you think architectural visualization is heading next?

Virtual Reality.

Provide us with a few images that speak to you.

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• The design, details, architecture and engineering of these pyramids have always fascinated me, and how people with no technology could build something that will out last anything that modern man could ever come up with.

• St. Michael the archangel had cast Lucifer (evil) and his band of rogue angels into Hell with a militia of angels in an epic battle. Believe it or not that is still cool and something to respect.

• Michael Angelos Pieta, Mother and Child. You cannot help but appreciate the beauty of this piece and the way Michelangelo had created something so soft. It is rare to find this level of talent anymore, for some one to take a slab of marble and produce such a beautiful work of art is amazing.

• Yeah. Nuff said.