3DVIA Featured Artist – Benoit Caselli
Fasten your seat belts! Benoit Caselli is one incredible modeler!
I’ll let him introduce himself: I live in Gentilly, in the southern Paris suburbs. I have been in an apprenticeship contract for 3 years at Dassault Systemes (DS), where I had the pleasure to work on the CATIA industrialization team and in pre-sales design. I am now working for Dassault Data Services (DDS) as a PLM Automotive Consultant. The major part of my work is therefore done for customers in the automotive market. What I like most in my job is the diversity of missions. I like challenge and to discover new things in my everyday life.
My other passion is music and sound. I am a big fan of electronic music and I have been mixing that kind of sound at student parties and Parisian night clubs for more than 5 years. I am also composing my own electronic music and will try to release my own titles.
Q1: How did you first become interested in 3D modeling?
When I was at University, I attended special courses to work in the research and studies departments. I became really interested in 3D modeling during these courses.
Q2: What types of 3D modeling do you do?
I work exclusively on CATIA and I prefer surface modeling because in allows creating shapes that are much more beautiful and harmonious than classical volume design. I love 3D challenges and the more complex the shape is, the more it interests me. Another aspect that I really love in 3D is “knowledge-ware”, which deals with setups and templates for 3D models.
Q3: What role do your models play in the work you do?
The majority of my models have been created to help train users of different CATIA V5 modules. Those same models are used to test CATIA products for both 3D creation and rendering functions. Other models have also been used for customer presentations.
Q4: How much time do you spend, on average, on one particular model?
That totally depends on my objectives and the complexity of the model. Actually, I am able to design and shape a complete car (interior and exterior) in 10 days. I do not, of course, design the motor parts.
Q5: What additional software do you use to create your images?
I am usually trying to show the capabilities of CATIA V5 compared to other 3D and 2D programs, so I try not to rework my images. All the images here I have created using CATIA V5 modules exclusively.
Q6: What is your work day like?
I do not have a typical work day.
Q7: What are your tips for staying focused on a large project?
During a large project, I am generally under pressure so I cannot really become unfocused.
Q8: Where do you go (web sites, museums, race tracks , anywhere) for help, tips and inspiration?
Q9: What part of 3D modeling do you find most rewarding?
For me, the most rewarding aspect of 3D modeling is the creation of really innovative designs. I know I have achieved this when somebody tells me “I would really like to have this in my kitchen” or “I would really like to drive this car”.
Q10: Do you do 3D modeling at home on personal projects?
I have needed to model several 3D objects and buildings for personal projects. For example, I have created furniture and then put them in my model of a friend’s apartment so he could optimize his design.
Q11: Just for fun, what is your favorite game? Movie? Comic Book?
Q12: What is your favorite subject other than 3D modeling?
I am also passionate about electronic music and I have been mixing it for five years now and composing it for one year. I also really like to create 2D images with Photoshop for my CD packages. I often insert 3D models made with CATIA as part of my designs.
Thank you, Benoit, for helping us understand you and your 3D modeling world a little bit better. It is really a pleasure to have a modeler of your caliber uploading models and sharing your thoughts with 3DVIA’s visitors.