We love that ArtStation Pro websites are being used by diverse artists from all around the world and working in all kinds of areas in the media and entertainment industry. This week, the Featured Pro Portfolio interview is with Benjamin Bardou, a filmmaker and matte painter based in Paris, France.
Having trained at Mikros Image Paris, his beginnings in the medium of post-production allowed him to acquire solid technical and artistic skills in matte painting. He has also created several short films, driven by his interest in the theories of montage. In his personal work, he often attempts to link this ideas of photographic montage specific to matte painting to cinematographic montage.
Read his interview for his tips and advice for aspiring artists:
For me, a portfolio stands out, of course, by the quality of the images but also by the way in which these are selected. You have to put yourself in the place of a prospective recruiter or by anyone who comes to see your site for a specific purpose. This is why your selection will have to show all your artistic and technical palette in a minimum of images. Navigation is also an essential point. It should be clear, precise and logical.
A common error would be when I see confusing images with too many details to fill the space. The image must tell a story by forcing the eye to circulate. It is a matter of balance between the composition and the distribution of the color. The whole school of the Bauhaus has reflected on these problems and has theorized them. Stopping to take a look can solve quite a few things. More generally, a few times I find that some images lack a bit of soul or look alike. However, it is also difficult to have a true originality among the contemporary flow. This is why we must be interested in anything that can feed your art (and not just in the field of the image).