Name: Max Lykasov
Where do you live: Minsk, Belarus
Known for: Architect, CG Artist.
Currently working with: Co-Founder and CTO of Lunas Visualization
When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
Since my school years I was interested in mathematics, physics and graphics, so when I was 14-15 years old I decided I’d become an architect.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
At the moment I don’t have any particular country/place in mind, but my ideal place would be definitely something quiet, with beautiful nature and large open space.
How would you describe your creativity?
I give the possibility to see what does not exist yet.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
When I was a student I was interested in architectural visualization, but I’ve started to work in a more realistic manner quite recently.
What do you do at the moment?
I am working on the development of our relatively young company, the selection of young and talented professionals who will be able to maintain the exceptionally high quality of our work. We sell 3D visualization services.
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
I would quote Walt Disney who said: “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it, they will want to come back and see you do it again, and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” This is the approach I’m trying to maintain in my work too.
Tell us how it all started.
(Gradually) After university, I started working for a large engineering firm, then decided that I feel more comfortable working for myself.
Having spent almost a year working as a freelancer, I decided to move forward with business, and had the idea to combine forces with my friend – an expert in the field of management and marketing. His name is Slava Oganesyan. Now we are the founders of Lunas Visualization. In addition to the 3D visualization department we have a design department, which is headed by my wife, a very talented architect – Jenya Lukasova.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
A powerful computer and a large monitor – this is all you need to have to be able to work productively.
What is your favorite film?
It’s hard to select one. I have plenty of favorite movies in different genres. I like movies with great high-quality graphics – I watch them with pleasure.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
My family. I have a big and friendly family. Unfortunately, I can’t spend much time with them now, but I adore our family reunions!
How do you like to spoil yourself?
To sleep 12 hours in a row.
What is luxury for you?
Free time when I can do anything I want.
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
The best compliment is when people ask to show the 3D model in wire to make sure that this is a rendering, not a real photo.
What do you fear most?
Run out of ideas…
What is a happy life to you?
When I am jealous of myself.
What does a regular day look like for you?
Work, sleep, work, sleep…
Tell us about your dream project.
Today Lunas is my dream project and I’m doing everything to make it a successful one!
Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Guys from studio Mir.no are good enough to follow their works.
How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
I have no idea 🙂
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
A human being can’t live without water, food and shelter – if you have all this, the rest is less important.
What inspires you?
Genuine environment, Genuine materials and lighting, greenery, fire, sky, and water – I’m very muсh inspired by nature in general.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
“The Mysterious Island” by Jules Verne.