Each month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... May's AOM is lyron!
Who is 'lyron' and how did you come by this username?
My name, as you can see in all my pieces, is Javier Mendez Liron and I was born some time ago in Madrid (Spain). I studied Business Administration and I have an MA in Applied Statistics and an MBA from San Pablo CEU Business School. I am currently working as an economist in Colegio de Economistas de Valladolid (Spain), the official association for economics professionals.
Regarding the name Lyron, it is nothing more than a small twist with my name. Not very imaginative, is it?
How long have you been working in digital art?
I think I started in 2005 using Blender and Gimp, my objective being to create a 3D game, but considering my time is very limited nowadays, I have lately focused on working with Apophysis and Madelbulb. Nevertheless, the original idea has not been forgotten.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment, I'm developing my knowledge in fractals (it never ends), Blender and Terragen, although I also do some advertising design and I would like to enter the world of Matte Painting.
What all is in your digital toolset and why?
Although it's very difficult, I like covering all fields, so you can find in my toolset the following programs: Gimp for 2D design and photographic editing, Inkscape for vectorial drawing, Daz 3D and Blender for 3D design, Terragen for landscapes, and, of course, Apophysis and Mandelbulb.
Lately, I have added Bryce and Hexagon, so I'll also have a look at those.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I don't think I could choose just one, because there's always a part of artist in every piece. Feelings and emotions end up having an impact on the final result. However, if I had to choose one, I would choose Armageddon, not because it's the best, but because of its relation with the current situation.
Who, or what, inspires you?
Life itself and other artists works are enough to inspire me.
What do you enjoy most about Fractals?
Every piece is unique and the possibilities are endless, which means it's impossible to get bored with fractals
Passion in Golden Satin
Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on any fractal programs you use?
Although I don't exactly agree, a fellow Spanish fractal designer told me once that fractals aren't created, but found. That said, the only advice I can give is to visit other artists' galleries – the more, the better. You can always learn something from all of them. And never stop exploring and trying to push the boundaries even further.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Although I always liked fractals, I had never created one or even knew how to. It was when I entered Renderosity that I discovered Apophysis and Mandelbulb, and met other artists from whom I have learned a lot, and who have also become my friends.
Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?
On a final note, I would like to tell you to enjoy your work, but don't forget to enjoy other people's pieces. Thank you very much to all of you.
We invite you to have a further look at lyron's Renderosity Gallery while we await the interview!
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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.