Peter Iliev is a super-talented 3D Artist currently working at REDVERTEX. He has worked with many leading companies in the CG industry during his career, taking on the role of lead 3D artist for the majority of projects he’s involved with. He is also a luger who has competed since 2000. Competing in two Winter Olympics. He finished 31st in the men’s singles event at Turin in 2006. He also finished 41st in the men’s singles event at the 2007 FIL World Luge Championships in Igls. He is also Associate CG Artist at REDVERTEX.
Tell me about yourself? Who is Peter?
I’m 33 years old father from Sofia, Bulgaria, with lots of memories but I don’t live in the past.
Hobbies outside/ interests outside work?
Handcrafting board games, stuff for laser cutting and 3D printing. Millitary equipment of World war II.
Here is what he says about the LUGE
Luge is one of the oldest winter sports. It involves competitors lying on their backs on a tiny sled with their feet stretched out in front of them, and racing down an icy track at speeds in the range of 150 km/h, without breaks. As well as the singles, there is a pairs event, with the larger of the two team members lying on top for better aerodynamics.
I was in the national team for 12 years, then I was a coach for 5 years, and then I was a Secretary General of the LUGE Federation. I also was a Technical and Ice Sports lecturer at the National Sports Academy for 4 years.
How long have you been with the company?
2 and a half years.
Has your role changed since you’ve been here?
I learned to bee a team player and part from a strong team, instead of sweating like a one mane band.
How has the company changed since you joined?
The company has expanded twice since I joined it.
What did you do before this?
National Luge athlete, coaching.
Why did you come to this company?
3D was a hobby before I and I’ve decided to make my hobby a profession.
What’s your favorite part about working here?
It’s exiting for me to visualize a vision.
Give me a general view of your current (or most recent) responsibilities?
To work elegant under hard pressure.
The hardest part to be your team leader?
You have to get into the way of thinking of each one of the team. You should not be intrigued only in your position. You have to be mentally pure to understand what they need, what worries them right now, you can not just tell them: “Start working, now!”. I even have some beliefs that I am not strict enough and do not burden them enough. J
How would you describe this job to a child? (CG Artist)
Minecraft for adults.
If you could have the perfect job, what would it be?
My previous work was perfect, my present is a dream come true.
How would you describe the work environment here – is the work typically collaborative or more independent?
You give your individuality and you get the other uniqueness.
What have been major obstacles which you have had to overcome on your current job? How did you deal with them?
Inappropriate communication or lack of one.
What is the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
I love projects with pronounced realism and high level of detail.
Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
I don’t know the multiplication table.J
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
I need to dress up this kid while he is asleep.
What’s one sentence you’d like to hear from your boss?
Let me tell you a story…
What’s one sentence you don’t want to hear from your boss?
This is impossible.
What are you going to do when you retire?
I will plant tomatoes for fun.
How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?
2006 – Dolomite hiking shoes.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
What would you do when you have learnt that your boat is out of oil?
No need of oil – it’s a sailing boat.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old?
3rd Bulgarian Cosmonaut, because it’s more extreme.
If you could get drunk with any historical figure, who would it be?
Tsola Dragoicheva on romantic dinner.
You are about get into fight, what song comes on as your soundtrack?
Metallica – Blackened.
Toilet paper, over or under?
Over, of course.
What weapon would you carry during the Zombie Apocalypse?
Toilet paper – the gold of apocalypse.