Artist Spotlight - Paulo Barrelas
3DAllusions is delighted to Spotlight our very own Paulo Barrelas, one of our esteemed moderators. Paulo was Runner Up in the AW2 contest and has been a valued member of 3DA.
Name: Paulo Barrelas
Nick on the web: pBarrelas
Location: Condeixa a Nova, Portugal
I was born in Angola in 1974, it was Portuguese colony at that time! I came to Portugal in 1975 with my family!! I lived in Figueira da Foz until I was 9, then we moved again to Coimbra, a city where I completed my academic formation in Architecture and met my beloved wife.
I started to have my first thoughts on becoming an architect when I was kid, playing with Lego pieces building little houses for my other toys. I consider myself a lucky person because it was given to me the opportunity to fulfill that dream. During the course, I had my first direct contact with architectural visualization, which opened my boundaries to 3D in general. I always felt attracted to 3D by watching movies and TV series when I was a kid, but only after my parents bought a computer that I had the opportunity to “dirt my hands”, which happened when I entered to the university.
My professional activity is divided by pure Architecture projects, Architecture visualization and webdesign. Presently I’m collaborating with the Coimbra University on the candidature to UNESCO, where real time visualization of the university campus and some other historic value buildings plays an important role on this project. I’m also working with two private companies on architectural visualization and webdesign, not to mention the 3DAStudio, where I have the opportunity to contact with my colleagues from different cultures and backgrounds, a very interesting experience.
The game industry is something that always attracted me, not only because I really love to play games (FPS mostly) but it is directly related to architectural visualization. I’m collaborating with a project called Warm Gun, a Mod for Unreal Tournament 3. Right now I’m on hold due to workload but soon I’ll be back in action. I guaranty that UT3 fans will love this Mod.
Besides having fun on my professional activities, I also enjoy very much going to the gym, ride my mountain bike with my buddies through dirt tracks, play games in solo mode (Half Life, FarCry, Crysis, Splintercell, Call of Duty, etc.) and LAN (UT3, Call of Duty, etc.), reading books, movies and spending time with my family. Ohh…and start thinking on Airsoft too!!
To finalize, I just want to say that I’m proud to take part of this great team of talented artists like Aaron, Branko, Neha, Russell and future ones!