March 2008 Artist of the Month - orbital


Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... March's AOM is Joe Vinton [orbital]!

We congratulate orbital for an outstanding collection of works in the Bryce Gallery!

Who is 'orbital'?

Orbital is Joe Vinton, a 33yr old who lives in Burton on Trent in the UK with his wife Nicola. I'm self employed as a window cleaner, not the world's most exciting job, but it has given me the freedom and stress-free life that has allowed me to dedicate time to my creative side.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

Since 2002. My friend Phil was heavily into computer graphics and was mainly using Photoshop, but he had a copy of Bryce 3 that was on a magazine. He'd played about with it and decided it was not for him, so I asked if I could have it. At that time he and I were going back to college to learn web design. He was good, I wasn't. I kept playing about with Bryce whilst he told me to concentrate on other things as Bryce wouldn't get me anywhere. Soon though, I was pretty much hooked on Bryce, and would spend hours playing around with it. It was also at this time I discovered Renderosity through Phil, and after seeing what other people were doing with the program, I knew I wanted to create stuff like that. So, basically, Phil has a lot to answer for!

Dark Times

Do you have traditional art experience?
Sadly, no, only what we were taught at school. But art class was seen as a chance to mess around and put clay in the teacher's tea when he wasn't looking. I do plan however to enroll in a basic art class at the local college this year just to see if I'm any good, and to learn the traditional medium.

What are you currently working on?

I don't really have anything on the go at the moment. Pretty much everyday I will try to do something with Bryce, but 95% of the stuff I come up with falls by the wayside. I'm currently looking at getting a display locally, through a family friend who works out of a gallery near to me. Obviously, they have always used artists who use traditional methods, so whether the owner is interested in Digital art and sees it as a serious medium remains to be seen.


What software/equipment do you use and why?

Well, I use Bryce mainly because it's what I'm comfortable with. It's easy to use and I find that you can pretty much model anything with a bit of imagination. Photoshop I use for postwork and effects that Bryce can achieve, but render times go through the roof and I'm not really a patient person. I do use Poser, but as I'm rubbish with it, I only use it for small distant characters in scenes. I keep telling myself to learn other types of software, but keep falling back into my comfort zone.

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

I'd say I really like "Where dreams are made" as I'd wanted to do a scene like that for a while, and was pleased with the final result. I also like "Mobius", because of it's simplicity, and it was a different style to what I usually do. 

Where dreams are made

Why do you like to work with 3D software?
Because it's like Legos for big kids! No, really because it gives me an outlet for my imagination that I could never achieve before.

Who/what inspires you?

Films, music, the world around me.

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

Well, without it, I wouldn't be writing this now. There is a wealth of knowledge on here, and also inspiration in the galleries. It's my virtual home, and my first stop when I go on-line. The Bryce forum is where I have gotten most of my help, but whenever I've ventured out of that madhouse, other parts of the community have been just as helpful.


Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

Thanks to everyone for voting for me, I feel humbled, especially as there was such a wealth of talent on show. I'd say be your own biggest critic, but also never take things too seriously, because that's when you stop having fun. Oh and thanks to my wife Nicola, for almost understanding my obsession!

Please have a further look at orbital's Renderosity Gallery! 

Be sure to visit the Bryce Gallery, and also pay a visit to the Bryce Forum!

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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 2008 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.