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Spotlight on Prince Eagle: A Conversation with the Community Pick of polygoniq's 3D Challenge “Into the Future”

Spotlight on Prince Eagle: A Conversation with the Community Pick of polygoniq's 3D Challenge “Into the Future”

Meet Prince Eagle, a talented artist based in Germany who has been making waves in the 3D art community. Recently, he has gained recognition for his exceptional artwork "Curious BD-Final" by being selected as the community pick in the polygoniq 3D challenge "Into the Future". Congratulations! Fox Renderfarm as the industry's top cloud rendering service provider and render farm, was honored to sponsor this contest and interview Prince Eagle.

Join us in this interview as we delve deeper into the world of this talented artist and discover what makes him stand out.

Fox Renderfarm: Hi Prince Eagle! Thank you so much for accepting our interview! Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Prince Eagle: Hey! I am glad to be here. My artist name is Prince Eagle, I am 25 years old and currently based in Germany. I am about to finish my studies and hope to get more involved in 3D.

Fox Renderfarm: Congratulations on winning the community pick in the polygoniq’s challenge "Into the Future"! How do you feel about it?

Prince Eagle: I am honored that the community loved it so much! So thanks to everyone who voted! I wanted to participate and did not plan to win anything. I just found this robot so adorable (I even made 3 more versions just for fun).

Curious BD-Final, Community pick of “Into the Future” © Prince Eagle

Curious BD-Final, Community pick of “Into the Future” © Prince Eagle

Watch Your Step © Prince Eagle

Watch Your Step © Prince Eagle

Starry Night © Prince Eagle

Starry Night © Prince Eagle

Fox Renderfarm: What was the inspiration behind creating this miniature robot in a natural setting? Is there a background story for this robot?

Prince Eagle: As people have guessed already, this robot is indeed inspired by BD-1, a robot from the Star Wars universe. As I am a big Star Wars fan and loved this little bot in the game (Jedi: Fallen Order) so much, I wanted to recreate its energy within an image. The robot is really curious, so I thought it might inspect each new object it encounters. Here it found a new type of flower.

BD-1 from Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order © Respawn Entertainment

BD-1 from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order © Respawn Entertainment

Fox Renderfarm: The robot is depicted observing a flower. What is the significance of this interaction in your piece? What message are you conveying about the relationship between technology and nature?

Prince Eagle: Technology, as it stands, lacks its own mind and relies on the data we feed it to make sense of the world around us. To me, the true pinnacle of self-aware tech is when it starts getting curious on its own, building its own database without us having to hold its hand every step of the way.

 The Moon © Prince Eagle

The Moon © Prince Eagle

Fox Renderfarm: Why did you choose to make the background blurry and have the focus solely on the robot?

Prince Eagle: There are two reasons. The first one is that I was too lazy to create a background so I took an image and I had to blur it so it fits the scene. The second one is that I want the viewer to focus on what I want him/her to focus on, which is the interaction between a robot and nature.

Fox Renderfarm: Could you please tell us about your pipeline for this work? And how long did it take you? 

Prince Eagle: When I first saw the announcement for the challenge I was sketching some ideas on what the robot should do. I wanted to animate him, but I have limited time to render since I need my laptop to work. I focused on one scene from my sketches and started posing the robot. I added the flower field with GeoScatter and Botaniq and put this one flower in the hand (or foot?) of the robot. Added the background and played with the lighting. Afterward, I used Photoshop to make some areas pop more.

All in all, I think it took me 4-5 hours (including render time) to finish this project.

Fox Renderfarm: What were the main technical challenges you faced during the creation of your work and how did you overcome them? Were there any technologies that played a crucial part in bringing your vision to life?

Prince Eagle: As mentioned before I wanted to animate this little guy, but I needed my laptop to work on my studies. A render farm would have been useful, but since I was happy with just a still image I decided to go that route. 

In terms of technologies that helped me, there is of course my laptop with a Nvidia 3060 along with Optix to speed up the viewport. If you want to count Photoshop as a technology I’d add this too.

Fox Renderfarm: Are there any moments you enjoyed during the creation process? And what was the most memorable?

Prince Eagle: Coming up with the idea was honestly the best. Taking a pen and paper and just letting your imagination flow is pure fun and I can lose track of time. The second best was giving final touches in Photoshop to give life to an image.

Fox Renderfarm: Is there anything you learned from this project that you can share with us?

Prince Eagle: Not particularly, but I can only recommend the readers to join challenges left and right. The time pressure and the fact that your work will be seen by others and judged can be intimidating at first, but highly rewarding (whether you win or lose). Either way, you will gain experience, get feedback, and maybe even win prizes.

 Zen Garden © Prince Eagle

Zen Garden © Prince Eagle

Fox Renderfarm: Any favorite works in the past that you can share with us?

Prince Eagle: There are too many to be honest. One that always brings a smile to my face is a video called “Cop and Climb”. I am planning on continuing this series eventually with more stupid scenes.

Cop and Climb © Prince Eagle

Fox Renderfarm: Have you tried Fox Renderfarm’s cloud rendering services before? If so, how do you feel about Fox Renderfarm’s cloud rendering services? 

Prince Eagle: Yes! In fact, I did use it this year for the pwnisher challenge and was amazed by how quickly things worked out. Of course, I needed to get used to packing my scene correctly and checking compatibilities with add-ons, but the support team worked quickly and was nice and helpful.

Fox Renderfarm: Do you have any ongoing projects or future plans at the moment?

Prince Eagle: I have many plans including continuing my YouTube channel for tutorials etc., but for now I need to finish my thesis (which should be done by February). After that, I can and will focus on bigger projects.

Buddha © Prince Eagle

Buddha © Prince Eagle

Thanks again to Prince Eagle for accepting our interview! Wishing new heights in your professional career!

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