Beeple aka Mike Winkelmann is both an incredible 3D artist and a motion designer.
If you’re a 3D artist, you’re for sure familiar with his works. Otherwise, that’s a shame! 🙂
But lucky you! you will discover what the word « stakhanovist » really means!
Beeple aka Mike Winkelmann: a true digital “stakhanovist”
Mike Winkelmann has produced more than 3560 illustrations over a decade, without missing a single day.
I wrote a post the other day to stay inspired and avoiding the blank page, called: 50 ways to be and stay creative. I think I can now add a number 51 called: check Beeple works to get inspired!
As you can imagine, it’s hard to create an inspiration post about him, because of all the available illustrations. So I picked some of his best artworks for 2017. But feel free to look at all his images (good luck with that!), there are plenty of great ones.
But anyhow, I was saying just before: he didn’t miss any single day! Can you imagine that? That’s a totally new way of creating. And this trend has resulted in new 3D artists following this path, like Joey Camacho or Josef Bsharah.
Still above everybody else
Beeple is still a step above everybody else: would you do an artwork even when your wife is about to give birth to you child? No? Beeple does!
And when you’re sick, so sick that you want to die, all alone in your bed full of handkerchiefs, would you do a new illustration? No? Beeple does!
That’s why I guess only few artists can do Everydays and elevate their technic and speed to that level. Personally, I’m too lazy for that, but I can understand what solid experience you can gain from that.
Beeple is far from a lunatic isolated guy. He is a true artist, who dedicates his spare time to improve his skills on his Everydays, and never get satisfy by his actual level. The result? He calls himself his work: crap. As you’ll see below, we are far from that term. But it’s part of his personality. He maybe receives to many compliments for his illustrations, and need to stay focus on his progression. So maybe those a craps, in comparison to what he will produce in the next decade 🙂
Why I “hate him”
So, you might have guess: Beeple is quite annoying: he seems to be a nice guy, he is doing (well) what he likes, he is not missing a single day in 10 years, he is producing a crazy bunch of kickass illustrations, and he’s also giving motion loops and VJ on his personal website… for free! You don’t even need to mention his name on them. I hate you Beeple! 😀
Why do I hate you? Because you’re showing all of us that we are lazy, that we don’t have your imagination, and that even 5 minutes are necessary to make something great. That’s really unfair!
Everydays… everyday really???
For some of his artworks, I’m just wondering – like you maybe – how he manages to produce so much in just a couple of hours. I’m sure by the time and for 10 years now, Beeple has gathered a bunch of tips and tricks to go faster than anybody else would, that I would love to learn 🙂
Otherwise, from what I can read from Beeple, he usually works with After Effects, Cinema 4D and Octane for his Everydays, and that’s a killer combo.
A unique post-apocalyptical style
If you pay attention to his artworks, you’ll find that Beeple usually likes to put character in his artworks (to get a sense of scale for giant compositions, to interact with the 3D elements, or just to populate a futuristic world), neon shapes, scifi elements, and usually uses noise and filter in post-production to create a singular atmosphere.
It’s a futuristic post-apocalyptical world, with brands that dominates the world, or get banished from it by dictatures. Where people have no room to exist, or are trying to find a way out. I’m just wondering if it’s the future that he imagines, or if it’s part of his traditional workflow. By that I mean many users are doing neons with Octane, because they look great with this rendering engine. So my question: with their technical possibilities, are 3D softwares giving him a direction for his art that he is following unconsciously? or is it the future that he think will come?
What to understand from Beeple: regularity
More than the awesome results we can enjoy from Mike Winkelmann, we can learn that inspiration and motivation can be found at any time. We always find some excuses, pretending that we can’t find a room for a new illustration. But this guy can do something great within an hour. Ok he has 10 years of experience, but he didn’t start by taking 5 hours every night for his first illustrations. And that’s a great lesson: it is what it is. Do what you can, regularly, and you will see improvements in your skills.
As a conclusion,
I think many of us – including me – see his artworks and talk about it relation to technical achievement. But we maybe don’t look enough at his illustrations in detail for what they can say. Definitely not crap
Where to see Beeple 3d artworks: