Japan is a fascinating country. As the country’s influential anime culture is broadcast around the world, 3DX has begun to take shape as more and more artists emerge from there. Rock Club (or Yukitan) is one of those artists who has created some of the most impressive and creative works all from the land of the rising sun. That’s why we were thrilled to speak with Rock Club as he takes the time to talk with us about his homeland and how he became a part of the growing 3DX movement.
Tell us about yourself. Where did the name Rock Club come from? Where are you from?
The name Rock Club comes from my Internet nickname, which roughly translated is something like “The Rock Man”. I wanted to use a nickname that sounds masculine and “hard as a rock”. Drawing pictures is my job and 3D is just a hobby.
How did you get started in 3DX (3D CG art)? What was your journey to becoming an artist in the genre?
In my case it all started with the online game “Lineage II”. I liked the game very much and decided to make a comic with some of the game characters. Then I thought to myself, what would it be if I could make 3D characters move the way I like, so I started learning 3D. The result was that I liked the 3D characters more than the game. Animations (motion pictures) are difficult, so I decided to use still images in my works.
Before we talk about your art. Can you tell us a little about your Hentai and erotic art in Japan, which many Westerners love. Is it widely accepted and popular over there? And how would you describe the scene over there?
Erotic art in Japan is well known but there aren’t many people who like it. That is to say, although few in number, these people like erotic art very much and are willing to spend money, so it is a considerable market. And yet, it is much smaller than the usual “manga” and anime market. I would say it is about 1% (which may be misleading because the anime market in Japan is so HUGE).
How about the development of 3DX? Are artists transitioning to 3D based art or are the majority sticking with 2D techniques and why?
I really don’t know….
I do have to ask about censorship. What is your view on it, do you think it’s a good or bad thing and why?
I think it’s a bad thing. I really don’t know whether censorship has the desired effect (on moral), or not. I think nobody knows. It’s nonsense to enforce something that has unknown effects. And it’s not only that. I feel like I am forced to damage my own work.
You have been posting your art at Western sites and there appears to be a Western style to your art? Is this the case and how did it come about? Who or what has influenced your from the West and also in general?
I don’t think I have been influenced by anyone.
In terms of your female characters do you stick with just a select few or do you create new characters as the mood takes you? Do you have a favorite character and why?
I am trying to create the ideal woman. And, I always make small changes, sort of fine tuning that gets me one step closer to my target. Probably nobody except me can see the difference.
Your work spans current and fantasy themes mostly. Will you be sticking with these? Are there other themes that you would like to explore in future and why?
Well, basically I like fantasy themes. I think there is no point in making 3D with current themes. But, yes, sometimes I do current themes too, but in that case I make my character’s breasts unrealistic.
You’ve released several still image collections as of late, will you continue releasing sets of a variety of images or will go back to story great story driven titles like the ‘Succubus’ series or ‘Imprisoned Princess’?
Oh, I definitely like stories. But even with only one image, I want to make it feel like there is a whole story in it.
Your work has amazing detail and style to it. Can you tell us about the process that goes into your works of art. What are your tools of the trade? What is your work flow? How do you go from an idea to a finished image?
First I use Poser, and then 3ds Max and V-Ray. With 3ds Max I fit the clothes to the character’s body, and sculpture (and rework) the knees, shoulders, neck, breasts, elbows, etc.
Do you prefer V4 or V5, Poser or Daz3D and why?
I prefer Poser because it has a Japanese edition. I don’t use V5 because Daz3D has no Japanese edition. So, I use V4 with Poser.
Do you have any advice you’d like to give to any aspiring artists?
Well, I think aspiring artists should first do what they like, and then do what their audience likes.
You’ve had some cg collections released on dlsite recently. What do you have coming up in the near future? Will there be any complete works?
It’s still in the make and I don’t know when it will be completed, but it’s going to be about a woman and a boy.
Any last words for our dear Affect3D readers?
I’d like to leave a comment on your web site but I can’t do that in English, I am very sorry…
Where can we find you online these days?
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