Stéphane, who made SculptGL (the web sculpting tool we based Sculptfab on), just joined our team in Paris! We asked him to sit down for a quick interview, so the community could learn a bit more about him and our team!
How long have you been with Sketchfab? How did you hear about it? What’s your role here?
I’ve been at Sketchfab since December 1st. I first heard about it when I was looking for an internship (around February 2013), but I didn’t apply at that time. Then, I met @trigrou when Sketchfab did Sculptfab, and a few months later I finally joined Sketchfab. I do 3D stuffs on the frontend.
How did you get into 3D? What interests you most about 3D?
Well, my love for 3D certainly comes from video games, it’s as simple as that. As for the technical side, it’s not like I’ve been programming since I was a kid… I actually started at my engineering school pretty late. But when I was given the opportunity to carry out a 3D industrial project with my school, I didn’t hesitate and jump in. I especially liked the modeling/editing aspect of the 3D world, that partially explains why I made SculptGL.
Do you do 3D modeling yourself? How would you get started?
No I am not an artist. I don’t really believe in the “I lack talent” excuse :). I think it’s (almost) all about experience/hard work, and I simply never tried hard enough.
What do you do in your spare time?
Well, games, manga, movies and farting dogs on youtube. As for games, just to name a few: Skyrim, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, Last of Us, LBA, Kingdom Hearts, Final fantasy, Secret of Mana, etc. If I had to name my favourite manga, it would be berserk; but I also like a lot Urasawa Naoki’s work (especially Pluto). I also read a lot of shounen stuffs, but usually, the seinen are those that stays the most in my memory. I am slowly starting to miss sports, just a bit…
It’s honestly impossible to name one.
What do you listen to while working?
It depends, many soundtracks from movies and games, but also some lyric-less music such as house, electro stuffs in order to focus.
Favorite model on Sketchfab?
I really enjoyed many entries from the VG remix contest, especially this one:
or this one:
I also liked this one a lot.
Where are you from? how old are you?
I am from Lyon, 25 years old.
What would you have for your last meal on earth?
A “fondue” (melted cheese), should I be feeling stuffed, a trou normand might help. I hate cooking though.
Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I remember, one day I went to school, half asleep, and suddenly I realized that…. hem..well that’s more embarrassing than crazy, so I’ll keep it for myself :D.
What are you most proud of?
Working in the 3D field, especially since I didn’t “land” in this world but really worked for it.