Jorma Beckstrom 3D
Castle Rock, CO
Areas of service:Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Littleton, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Arvada, Boulder, Englewood, Longmont, Greeley, Broomfield, Loveland, Golden, Parker, Westminster, Brighton, Castle Rock, Canon City, Louisville, Commerce City, Wheat Ridge, Lafayette and Evergreen.
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About Jorma Beckstrom 3D
My name is Jorma Beckstrom and I am a 2D/3D artist for custom furniture, set design, illustration and animation – architectural, mechanical and civil, for internet, print and video.
My services include creative skills in:
- Architectural design
- Walkthrough animation
- Blue prints and material specs
- Concept and abstract sketching - hand typography
- Mechanical, civil and 3D landscape illustration and animation
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Questions and answers
- What brands or products do you work with?
Adobe Creative Suite 6
Autodesk AutoCAD & 3ds max
Those are my bread and butter programs, but it seems like I've dabbled in just about every program out there at some point looking for the tools that best fit my mouse.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
The best thing to do is find links to sites that you like. If you want it to look similar to something, then have a couple of references of what you like or don't like.
Otherwise, the designer is pulling things out of thin air to try and accommodate you. That can have mixed results. So point them in the right direction. That will actually save you time and money as well.
- How did you get started?
It's actually a pretty good school.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
There's typically some level of editing on a project after it's done. The first few tweaks are always free until satisfaction is reached, and then it's an hourly rate to continue and expand the project beyond the original scope.
I make myself available basically around the clock to serve client's needs 24/7/365. And with the internet, that's easy these days.
And if a client has a need outside of my skill-set, then I can put them in touch with artisans in my personal network. Or I can just subcontract it out for them and handle the day to day hassles myself. So that it's getting done in the background of people's busy lives, the way they'd prefer it.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
There is no "easy button" like in the Staples commercials. And we're not all a bunch of slackers sitting in front of a computer spacing out to rave music with a Big Gulp like in the movies. But yeah, that's a pretty accurate picture of me.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
I specialize in AutoCAD architectural illustration (blue prints). Then bring those plans into 3ds max for rendering & animation (pictures & video). Next the content gets run through the Adobe CS6 package to put a little icing on the cake (composition). And then it's ready to be distributed to print, video, and the internet.
I should know what you'll be doing with your project (sizes and formats) from the get go, so that I can optimize it for specific media platforms simultaneously while working on it, and minimize any re-work fees down the road.
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
That's an interesting question, so I'll give a sorta weird answer.
I think the most important thing to ask a freelance designer is, "Do you have time to do the project?"
In the current economy, a lot of people are biting off more than they can "actually" chew in order to try and make ends meet.
It's also important to form a "connection". You "should" like who you are working with to bring out the best in a project. When you are on the same page with people, everything just flows more naturally.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
I've sorta branched off from doing mostly CAD, and I'm currently doing organic 3d landscape illustrations for a writer's books. The books are still in the editing phase, so I can take time to tune the images and go down a more "fine art" road.
- How many projects do you average in a year?
That depends from year to year. There is no "standard" year. I might only have 1 project, but it lasts all year.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
You get what you pay for.
If you're looking to cut corners and try to squeeze out the cheapest deal possible, that can backfire. It might never get done, or worse, you could end up paying twice for it because the first person didn't deliver.
The best way to save money, and get a nice final product, just be nice, and you might be shocked how far your buck can go.