Nicky Webster

How did studying at Escape Studios help you into the world of VFX?

Although Escape Studios taught 3D using Maya, I really learned the fundamentals of 3D, and feel confident now picking up any program that I need to use at work.

What have you been up to since you left Escape Studios?

I was working full time in the NHS as a medical photographer when I left Escape Studios, and went on to complete a part-time MA in 3D Animation. Last year I finished that course and started my new job in 3D.

Where do you currently work and what are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working as a 3D artist at Fundamental Surgery, provided by FundamentalVR, creating simulation experiences for surgeons that combines VR with haptic technology. Right now my team is creating a simulation for a hip replacement procedure - I’ve been texturing a lot of blood and gore!

What is it like to work as a 3D Artist at a VR Company?

It’s fast-paced and fun with a lot of teamwork; every day I'm interacting with people in different roles, such as engineers and designers, surgeons and anatomists, to problem solve and create new immersive solutions. 

What’s your favourite movie and why?

Historically my favourite film is Labyrinth - Jim Henson’s creatures were the best creatures. My favourite 3D/VFX related film is Our Secret Universe: The Secret Life of the Cell. This is what made me really question, how did they do that? 1 week later I was learning Maya.

What work are you most proud of working on and what is your most notable achievement?

I won the 2018 Platinum award from the Institute of Medical Illustrators for a series of medical 3D graphics I created, that's definitely been the highlight of my career so far.

What is your advice for those considering entering the industry?

I changed career at the age of 40, and anyone considering a change shoudn’t let anything hold them back!

What do you find most exciting about working in the creative industry?

Having a great art team around me every day to learn from and share knowledge with has been really beneficial for my progression. I also love that I've changed industry and career, but at the end of the day I’m still using creative skills to work towards better healthcare outcomes for patients.

What course did you study?

3D Foundation, part-time evenings.

Although Escape Studios taught 3D using Maya, I really learned the fundamentals of 3D, and feel confident now picking up any program that I need to use at work.

Nicky Webster