February 2014 Artist of the Month - stonemason

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... February's AOM is stonemason!

We congratulate stonemason for an outstanding collection of works in the 3ds Max Gallery!


Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is 'stonemason' ?

Hi I'm Stefan Morrell, working from New Zealand as an illustrator and content creator at DAZ3D.

How long now have you been working in digital art?

Around late 2002, I got into using 3ds Max and Photoshop.


One Is The Loneliest Number


What are you currently working on?

Working mostly on DAZ3D content, environments, etc.

Your works are incredibly detailed and cinematic. What can you tell us about the work you put into each piece?

My workflow for creating images is to use 3ds Max to build the scene and render. Many of the models are often re-used between renders, so scene setup is fairly quick. I render out multiple passes (zdepth, atmosphere, specular, ao, gi, shadow, light, beauty, etc.), take these into Photoshop and each image usually takes an evening to setup the scene, render overnight as big as I can (usually around 6 or 8k), then spend the next evening color correcting, paint fx, atmospherics, etc.


The Enchanted Forest


Who, or what, inspires you?

Lately, I've been getting into art by guys like maxim revin, AndreeWallin, Sparth, james paick, Nivanh Chanthara. Images that have strong composition and atmosphere always impress me. Websites for inspiration are Pinterest, nuthin but mech, conceptships, conceptartworld, also a big fan of street art.

What software is in your digital toolset, aside from 3ds Max?

Photoshop, ZBrush, World Machine, After Effects, 123dcatch, PoserPro, Daz|Studio, xfrog, xnormal, crazybump, rayfire and many other small scripts and plugins.


SciFi Cityscape 2


What do you enjoy most about 3ds Max?

It's familar. There's other apps I'd like to be using, but haven't got around to learning them (Mari and Octane spring to mind).

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

Don't really have any favourites. I tend to just see the mistakes in my older images, things I could have done different.

Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on the software you use?

Read the manual.


The Siege


Is there anywhere else that we might find your work?

Aside from the main gallerys at cgsociety & cghub, my main website www.stefan-morrell.com (rarely updated).

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Initially, Renderosity was a great help in getting my content making career off the ground.

Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?

Advice for artists? Umm...dont mix sleeping pills with laxatives?


We invite you to have a further look at stonemason's Gallery!

Be sure to visit:

Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page.

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Member Opinions:
By: Pierrot_Lunaire on 2/2/14
Just one of the most amazing and outstanding 3D artist ever seen, congratulations!!

By: Burlington on 2/2/14
Awesome! Way to go Stonemason! Congratulations.

By: atwc on 2/2/14
I have admired this person's talents for a very longtime now. He never fails to amaze me with the quality he puts into his artwork. It amazing to see Stonemason receive the recognition he so righteously deserves!

By: renecyberdoc on 2/3/14
congratzz,well deserved.

By: Rottenham on 2/3/14
I have a high regard for this artist. He is both talented and prolific. His work sets the bar for other artists.

By: powerage on 2/3/14
Yes!! very well deserved, congratulations!

By: Mark-David-Rogers on 2/3/14
Not before time, it is much deserved, an inspirational artist who is gifted with great vision to create the work that he does. Well done.

By: robinsk1 on 2/3/14
Excellent work! Congratulations Stefan!

By: stonemason on 2/3/14
oh cool..Thanks Rendo!

By: infinity10 on 2/3/14
Without a doubt, a cool artist of science fiction grand-scale scenarios.

By: arlivre on 2/4/14
Tremendous mastery of both technical and aesthetical aspects of 3D art, congratulations ! !

By: zarquen on 2/4/14
Most inspiring artist ever!!

By: LaurieA on 2/4/14
Well deserved :). Congrats Stefan :).

By: SIGMAWORLD on 2/4/14

By: jdavison67 on 2/4/14
Bravo! Much deserved!

By: FroschGott on 2/5/14
Nothing more to say...
Congrats to the artist who pushed me into 3D with his models. (no joke ;) )

By: Turtle on 2/5/14
Your a wonderful artist.

By: RodS on 2/5/14
Congratulations! Fantastic art, and products without equal - I have several! Well deserved!

By: ramhernan on 2/5/14
By far a most deserved and mandatory award! congrats Stone Stefan man !!

By: mrjtklems on 2/6/14

By: Eugenius on 2/7/14

By: vitachick on 2/7/14

By: Cimarron on 2/7/14
Congratulations, this is certainly very well deserved! Long time user of your products with a deep admiration of your skills...love your advice to artists lol!

By: soffy on 2/8/14
Congrats:)you have a wonderful gallery*********

By: peedy on 2/8/14
Congrats. You have fantastic stuff! :-)


By: drdeep on 2/8/14
Congratulations, I am at awe of the environments' realism - especially the sci-fi. You are a great inspiration.

By: motic on 2/8/14
Superb scapes and products... lead on my man ;o) and congrats obviously very well earned!

By: stallion on 2/9/14
Congrats to an Amazing artist

By: Roxam on 2/10/14
Applause for your talent and also gratitude for sharing your talent with us as a content creator

By: BE on 2/10/14
Congratulations! Love your work!

By: zachary on 2/10/14
Just a great genius !

By: Ilena on 2/13/14
An artist to admire and look up to. Congratulations!

By: DRAKELOT on 2/16/14
Congrats, fantastic 3D works

By: EventMobil on 2/19/14
Stefan, you are one of my great idols ever since the beginning of this millennium ;-)

But I have one question which has not been covered in the interview:
Where the hell do you find the time to do all those magnificent huge city scapes plus your own artwork...??? You must have invented a secret time machine...

By: johnyf on 2/20/14
Congrats, Well deserved!

By: JenniSjoberg on 2/25/14
Very well deserved! Congrats :)

By: leroysquab on 2/28/14
Congrats on getting artist of the month here. Your pieces are stunning, brilliant work! I'm always blown away when I see them. Thank you for sharing them and also for making so many top quality sets and props available for a reasonable price. My skill set, while still growing is modest but whenever I use one of your sets, it always makes me look good! Cheers Stefan!

By: coflek-gnorg on 1/25/15
Congratulations! You're my role model.

By: tyllo on 1/29/15
Huge congrats, Stefan! Love your textures and art concepts. Teresa Tyllo :)

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