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Olivier Cefai
Olivier Cefai
3D FX Artist and Motion Designer since 2006
Nyon, Switzerland

Hi,

I am a senior freelance 3D artist based in Switzerland. I work in the niche field of digital product development and marketing, using techniques and tools from the VFX and gaming industries.

I have been a contractor with R&D, product designers, and corporate marketing of international brands for over 15 years, creating dozens of 3D CG short films and motion design videos, showcasing future consumer appliances, drinks, health sciences, IP, and even fashion products.

------------------- Expertise
Specific expertise in visual effects, procedural design, particles systems, fluids, smokes, powders, rigid bodies, soft bodies, and cloth simulation, on multiple software (but primarily Houdini now). I have also extensive experience in modeling (both soft and hard surfaces, organic forms, as well as characters), digital sculpting, rendering, and compositing.

------------------- Career summary
• 15 years in 3D, motion design, and VFX compositing (2005-2014, 2016-now)
• 5 years (overlap career track) in fashion photography, retail, and e-commerce (2011-2016)
• Innovation marketing manager for 10 years (1995-2005)

------------------- Life-long learner
Unlike most artists, I first graduated from a business school and started my career in marketing. I then studied 3D and visual effects with FXPHD for four years. I am also a former student of School Of Motion, Mold3D Academy, Vertex School, the 3DCharacter Workshop, CG Master Academy, Rebelway, and countless masterclasses.

------------------- Current software proficiency
Houdini (incl. VEX & Python) • Zbrush • Clo3D/Marvelous Designer • Redshift • Substance Painter • After Effects • Davinci Resolve

+companion software: Moi3D, RizomUV, Cinema4D/X-Particles, Blender, Trapcode, Stardust, Mocha Pro, Keyshot, iClone/Character Creator

I worked many years on 3dsmax, Realflow, Vray, Rhino, Modo, Combustion, and Fusion, and been an official Autodesk Instructor from 2007 to 2009. I've also been awarded (4th place) for X-Particles Challenge in January 2020.

(*) Please note that a lot of my productions cannot be shown on a public portfolio as they feature industrial secrets.

Skills

Motion GraphicsDigital SculptingLook DevelopmentFluid SimulationParticle EffectsMarketing IllustrationScientific AnimationVisual EffectsVideo ProductionGame DesignBrandingVoxel artCharacter ModelingMiniatures

Software proficiency

ZBrush
ZBrush
Houdini
Houdini
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
Redshift
Redshift
Cinema 4D
Cinema 4D
X-Particles
X-Particles
Cycles 4D
Cycles 4D
Blender
Blender
Keyshot
Keyshot
After Effects
After Effects
DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve
Mocha
Mocha
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Design Fusion
MagicaVoxel
MagicaVoxel
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
capture one
capture one
Photoshop
Photoshop
MoI3D
MoI3D
stardust
stardust
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
Character Creator
Character Creator
RizomUV
RizomUV

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