May Artist Of the Month nitro115


May Artist Of the Month nitro115
Who is nitro115?

My name is Ferenc J. Haraszti (nitro115, or some call me feri) - born in Budapest, Hungary, but I live in North Carolina near the Research Triangle Park since 1987. Graphics and my job are not related, I do CG for a
hobby.... without any previous art education, or training.

I started with Bryce3D in 1999, then about a year and a half later stepped up to 3D Studio Max and still am using it. I don't know any other program that has so much support on the internet, tutorials and free(!) plugins. Not to mention all those free scripts at! To render my images I use finalRender R1.1 and for postworks my favorite is Painter and Photoshop. I still use Bryce every now and then, mostly for landscapes though.

What are you currently working on?

I'm working on several scenes at the moment, but with an easy foot on the gas pedal, I just upgraded my hardware and still setting it up, loading and tuning the softwares. Once everything is installed and runs properly, I think I'll model a nice building, or somthing totally different, with me you just never know :-)

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

I'm not sure which one is my best piece of work, to tell you the truth. But, I received the most comments for:

Country morning II

Mediteranean Villa

Thes pictures have been displayed in 3DWorld Magazine in England and in Computer Graphica in Italy as well. But, again, I don't know which picture of mine is the best, I don't belive in such things :-)

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Because it integrates computing, art and some engineering. It's definitely something that I like to spend a lot of time with and I have not gotten tired of it in 3 years. I hope it will not change. The variety of work is just unlimited in graphics, imagination is the only limit.

What inspires you?

Everything: lights, shadows, colors and shapes, reflections, reality and imagination. I love architecture, so that itself is a gold mine. I take a lot of pictures when I travel and I keep going back to them. Of course, because I'm Hungarian, the history and architecture of my hometown will always be something I can turn to at anytime.

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

I've met several people here and ended up in good relationships, even friendships. Communities are great places to look around, see and learn, R'osity is probably the largest one. I'm not sure about how it enhanced my
works, I'm not a tutorial-person, have no patience for that. But every time I visit here, there is something new to see, or read about. I think that's plenty enough :-)

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

Advice to other Artists That's a tough cookie.... but I say, enjoy doing graphics and have fun, after all this is what it is about. Make the next picture just a little bit better than the previous one and you'll achive a whole lot. And can you wish for anything more than that? :-)

Click here to visit nitro115's Renderosity Gallery

Our May Voter of Note is Rita, who was lucky number 13 of the those voting for nitro115.

When asked to introduce herself and share briefly with us why she voted for nitro115, she told us "I am a retired artist who years ago specialized in portraiture and character studies in oils. I have won numerous awards for the same. Nitro's work is elegant and well executed. His graphics have a richness to them equal to some of the great artists of the past. His composition and use of color is one of the best I've ever seen and I was very proud to have voted him artist of the month."

Thanks Rita!

The May Voting Results:

nitro115 26.0%
brschmidt 11.5%
kenbxpst850 11.5%
TBKoen 10.4%
crommcruac 7.8%
Taron 7.3%
DViL 6.2%
Lon Chaney 4.7%
sms 4.2%
the hankster 4.2%
josecastello 3.6%
jotaele 2.6%