Tokyo based motion graphics studio, Onesal, is one of the most inventive and experimental CG studios around! The collective of animators, along with founder Nahuel Salcedo, create some of the most hyperrealistic animation work I’ve ever seen, and they are certainly a huge inspiration of mine.

How did I find them?

Interestingly, I found their work along with the Spanish studio Six N Five back in 2018, but I really became a huge fan of Onesal’s work around the start of 2020. …


German Freelance 3D designer, Mariusz Becker, produces incredibly realistic artwork that combines a love for 3D design, and photography. His designs range from environmental visualization, to surrealist visions, to photorealistic architecture, and much more! Mariusz is a really interesting designer to study, and I feel like I can relate to him quite a lot!

Before I start talking about his work, can I just say how incredibly nice Mariusz is haha! I found his work back in 2018 (I believe it was my good mate Lewis who showed me his work first!) and I fell in love with his work. Mariusz has worked with some other amazing artists such as the guys over at Yambo studio (Yambo, Linus Zoll, Ezequiel Grand to name a few!) as well as working freelance for some of the worlds biggest brands; Adobe, Apple, Oppo, Vivo, Nike… So it’s safe to say, he knows what he’s doing!

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Why does he inspire me?

Mariusz is a designer I feel like I can relate quite well too. Coming from a photography background, everything I do in Cinema 4D feels like an extension of my love of photography. Cameras, lighting, composition, focal points, etc… are all things you need to think about as a photographer, and also a 3D designer. I’m sure Mariusz feels similarly about this too! …


Emmy award-winning Los Angeles based motion designer, Michael Rigley, has been a freelance artist in the industry for over 10 years, working alongside some of the brands and clients in the world. For me, he’s an absolute legend in the industry, and I’ve been following his work for 4 years now!

Michael is a world-renowned designer whose graphics and concept art have contributed to some of the most innovative design projects of the past 10 years. I mean he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry; Adobe, Dolby, Audi, Nissan, Acura etc… and not only has he worked for the biggest brands, but also the biggest agencies; GMunk, The Mill, Blur, Framestore… the list just goes on and on!

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After Effects Splash Screen

Why does he inspire me?

When I first started getting really into digital design (through my Product Design A-Level) I used my computer skills to try out 3D modeling, slowly developing my skills on Fusion 360, trying Blender, and eventually, I stumbled upon Cinema 4D. It was when I was researching for my final A-Level project, I saw a clip of Michaels' work for Adobe Remix (made in 2015, I saw it in 2016) on YouTube and thought, ‘I wish I could make that’. …


Los Angeles based designer, Josh Pierce, produces incredibly realistic art with the main focus being 3D environment conceptualization. Through posting daily, with consistent quality, he has become one of the forerunners in this type of art and is one of the most recognizable people on Instagram. I have been following his artwork since early 2019, but he’s been making incredible artwork since well before then!

Josh, better known by his online pseudonym JPierce, was one of the breakthrough artists in the world of surreal 3D concept art, along with artists like Stuart Lippincot (Stuz0r), which has exploded in popularity in recent times. It’s hard to scroll on Instagram without seeing Josh’s work (either through his daily posts, or the hundreds of repost accounts that help spread his work across the website), and because of his mystical styling, it’s easily recognizable.

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Why does he inspire me?

Even though I am not really a video-game player much these days, I was an absolutely massive fan of the open-world genre. From The Witcher to Skyrim, to Zelda to Red Dead Redemption. All these games had absolutely fantastic, mystical, and almost infinitely explorable worlds. They gave me an eye for world design from a young age, and they’ve been a huge part of my design journey. Every single time Josh posts it feels like a screenshot from an open-world game, that you just can’t wait to explore! From magical forests to vast, vacant, alien planet landscapes. …


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Polaris — Dusk to Day (Music Video Stillframe)

Welcome, thought I’d try something different on here, try some discussions on some of my favorite songs. Ever since I started band photography I’ve wanted to learn more about the journalism side of it all, but never been the writer type (as I’m sure you’ll see later in this article). I’ve been listening to metalcore for many years now, and I think I’ve got a pretty decent grasp on what it is! …


Spanish contemporary design studio, Six N. Five, is one of the biggest contributors of inspiration for not only my personal work but hundreds of other similarly minded designers across the world. It’s one of the best-known studios in the 3D world, creating some of the most aesthetic design work you’ve ever seen in your life. Sorry if I ramble on a bit too enthusiastically later in this article, I can’t help it!

How did I find them?

Back in October 2018, I became more and more interested in the incredibly diverse world of Art and Set direction, but more specifically I focused on ‘Still life’ designs. Still-life to me at the time just meant arranging fruit, as well as other inanimate objects, on a table with some interesting light and soft pastel colours. Sound boring to you?


How often do you look over your work, saying to yourself: ‘This is awful’, ‘this isn’t good enough’, ‘why did I spend all that time on that?’. If you do, it looks like we have something in common.

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Photo by Calum MacAulay on Unsplash

Are we scared of our own work? Scared that when we finish it, the outcome will be underwhelming? We might never create the work, not wanting to reject our own ideas.

They look perfect in our heads, and I believe that’s where the greatest art stays; for life.

To give a short answer, to this incredibly complex question, our projects never live up to the originally conceived idea.

Ideas are, well. ‘Ideas’.

They aren’t real. They always seem much more perfect in our minds, than on paper. The reason for this can be summed up in one word though, Perfectionism.

“The refusal to accept anything short of perfection”.


British Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and owner of StudioJQ, Jonathan, produces a wide range of inspirational work that combines digital media such as Photoshop and Illustrator to create branding/packaging designs, as well as a vast selection of posters and everything in-between! Jonathan has created a huge following across his social media platforms, and I originally reached out to him on Instagram asking for advice back in 2018!

Jonathan, better known to most people under his design agency name StudioJQ or MadebyStudioJQ, is known by many due to his poster design work, of which is consistency documented on social media, posting multiple times a day, with daily artwork that takes inspiration from all avenues of Graphic Design. From branding to 3D modeling, Jonathan does it all! His clients have also seen this, as he has an impressive list of previous and ongoing clients, such as Bosch, Google, AON/Manchester United, Tommy Hilfiger… I could honestly write for a good while naming all his collaborators! …


Canadian Digital Artist and Photographer, Alexy, produces dream-like images, that combine; space, geometry, and nature, which encourage the viewer to form their own opinion and narrative of the artwork. Using programs like Cinema 4D and Marvelous Designer, he creates incredibly detailed, mysterious and surreal designs, filled with colour. As a lover of surrealist artwork, Alexy’s work seriously appeals to me!

Alexy, better known as Aeforia, is known for his imaginative portraits that flow with dreamy oranges, pink’s and purples. Taking inspiration from artists such as Rik Oosternbroek and Patrick Sluitler, Alexy formed his style just like many of us, by playing around with Photoshop and Cinema 4D! This allowed him to take his imagination wherever he wanted. Through the next few years, this imaginative style developed, and so to did his status within the Cinema 4D community becoming a huge name with 90k followers on Instagram. …


Belgian 3D Illustrator and Type Designer, Wes, produces unique and experimental designs that combine digital graphics with realistic textures, materials and lighting to create incredibly versatile designs which has gained him a substantial position in the 3D design world. Wes was one of the first people I spoke to about 3D design, and he really is a design idol to me.

Wes, better known by his online pseudonym CREAM, is one of a kind. When you think of type design or hand lettering, Seb Lester or Jessica Hische are the typical names that pop up, but with 3D being more and more popular and accessible, a whole new breed of ‘illustrators’ appeared. Wes is one of the forerunners in this department. He has worked for plenty of big-name companies, like as Nike, Pepsi, Absolut Vodka and Land Rover, which shows he certainly is good at what he does!

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About

Charlie Ellis

Trying to make my way in the world of design. Nottingham Trent Graphic Design Student.

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