Each month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... January's AOM is FrozenStar!
Who is 'FrozenStar' and how did you come by this member name?
I am just your average self-taught artist turned freelancer. FrozenStar has been my artist alias since before I joined Renderosity about 4 years ago. I got it 5 years ago when I started with art when I joined DeviantArt and is actually the name of one of my favorite songs at the time. It's by Luca Turilli's Dreamquest, in case anyone is curious enough to look it up.
How long have you been working in digital art?
Technically, I have been working with Photoshop for about 6 years now, because as a self-taught artist I would count the experimenting, trial and error period as part of it. But art in the true sense, as more than just practice with the tools offered, for 5 years.
Do you have any traditional art experience?
I have a little background in traditional art with pencil drawing. My father is pretty talented with a pencil and paper and he passed that on to me since I was just a child.
What are you currently working on?
I always have multiple projects started and I try to get to them one at a time. Right about now there are about 10 pieces saved in .PSD waiting for me to finish them. I won't give you any spoilers, I'd rather you be surprised when I finish them and post them in my gallery. But, I will tell you two of them are depicting my new found love for steampunk.
What is in your digital toolset and why?
Over the years, I have gone through a range of versions of Photoshop, but I am currently working with Photoshop CS3. I plan on upgrading my computer soon and I'll probably get a Photoshop upgrade to the latest, CS5 version. Thanks to Renderosity for awarding me a copy of Poser 8 in a competition last year, I also started working with Poser this year, but I am fairly new to the program and there is little I can make with it at the time. I like that it gives me a lot of freedom when it comes to models and posing, so that's what I use it for and rely on my Photoshop skills for postwork and backgrounds. A good example of that is my piece Oceania. The model was rendered with legs, but the tail was fitted in Photoshop and the hair painted.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
As an artist, it's hard to pick just one piece. Each creation holds its special place in the heart of an artist and has brought a sense of accomplishment. But, if I must mention just one, I would choose The Offering. Just getting the outfit to look the way I wanted it to was a real pain, but well worth it in the end. And I won first place in a competition with it.
Who, or what, inspires you?
I draw inspiration from everything around me, be it everyday experiences I am faced with, literature, music, movies or other artists at times.
As you are also a vendor here at Renderosity, how has that experience been for you?
It's been a really great experience. I have grown as a vendor at the same pace as I did as an artist. And I get to make an extra income by doing something I love and need for my own art anyways.
Do you have any tips you would be willing to share for others who might wish to sell content here?
The only advice I can give to those who'd like to start as vendors is to make sure the resources they want to provide are top quality, regardless of their kind, 2D or 3D, to be aware of trends as they go (right now for instance, steampunk seems to be a theme of interest to many) but making sure their work still brings something unique and different to that of others. Also, what I've learned from experience is that the vendor community is really friendly, and if you have any questions on getting started you can probably ask one of your favorite vendors how they do it. It worked for me! I've gotten a lot of helpful tips from a known vendor here, Sveva, who I've known for years from DeviantArt. I would like to thank her for her help on this occasion.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
I got to meet a lot of other artists and vendors such as myself and made a few friends in the community. And this is where I found help to get me started with 3D work and Poser.
Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?
Just keep doing what you love and don't be afraid to share it with the world, even if art may feel very personal to you!
We invite you to have a further look at FrozenStar's Renderosity Gallery!
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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, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.