The 3D artist Giovanni Pagnotta, better known as “Hakaro”, has made his fondness for Legos, manga and cartoon sculptures a true profession. With excellent results: keep reading!
We had the pleasure of meeting Hakaro, nickname of Giovanni Pagnotta, a very popular 3D artist on the Internet among all fans of manga, cartoons and Lego. The reason? Well, let’s just say that his works are “crazy cool” and that they are worked with a very high technical lineage. In fact, Hakaro has been involved in sculpture modeling for about 20 years, an experience that has made him a specialist capable of characterizing all worked models using the latest technologies offered by digital for 3D printing. And to think he started with silicone rubber wax models … read the interview below to find out more!
Giovanni, first of all thank you for your availability. We have seen that you are a 3D artist working in the field of digital sculpture and collectible modeling. Describe your work better!
Today I make ready-to-print 3D models, traditional sculptures and original Lego characters. The theme of my work is always close to the world of anime, manga and video games, so customers interested in buying collectible models come to me.
Where does the name Hakaro come from?
The name Hakaro comes from the “mite” insect of the same name, which was present on the home page of the old website. Today is my nickname that is known to me by both friends and clients I work for!
Looking at your work, it becomes immediately apparent that you are a 3D printing professional with excellent skills in traditional modeling. In short, you are a true veteran of the sector!
Consider that my work is primarily a hobby. I have always had a passion for modeling. As a young man, I made wax models out of silicone rubber to display in exhibitions and collectors’ fairs in Italy. I was inspired by those who made clay sculptures. At age 31 I participated in the Hong Kong final of the GBWC Gunpla Builders World Cup, the Gundam Builders World Championship (Gunpla in Japanese, ed). Over time I felt more and more a craftsman and I began to make this hobby my profession, without ever distorting my DNA, which is the same as that of nerds and hotaku.
Then came the digital …
Initially, I was not fond of digital, but as a professional I couldn’t help but realize how many more job opportunities it offered. Thanks to digital, processing times are reduced and therefore I can produce more models. Today, in fact, one of my main businesses is creating ready-to-print 3D models.
You also have a lot to do on YouTube!
Yes! On Youtube I only publish videos where you can see things about my work, all the videos talk about the topics I like. I am also very active on Instagram and Facebook where I share photos of my best work.
Let us discover your work more closely … That’s great! Take a look at this model: https://www.zonahobby.com/zpro-zpro-02-big-shooter.html. I worked modeling Hiroshi’s transformation from Jeeg Robot with the Big Shooter behind him. The model, made of plastic and metal, weighs about 700 grams, the Big Shooter (which I did not make) has dimensions of 16 cm by 16 cm while the Hiroshi I made has a height of 10 cm. The Big Shooter and Hiroshi have separate display bases. This model is an excellent example of my favorite works, which are almost never of the “single block” type, the work is always better to divide it “into pieces”, only with this methodology results like the one in the previous link are obtained.
We thank Giovanni Pagnotta “Hakaro”! Obviously, we invite you to see all his work and to get in touch with him through the following channels: