Renderosity artist, Yvonne Less (aka diversepixel), showcases a wonderful and unique collection of images in her Renderosity gallery. A fairly new member here, I wanted to find out a little more about her and introduce her to the Renderosity community.
From Yvonne's Renderosity Homepage:
"My name is Yvonne and my pseudonym is "Diverse Pixel." I am a digital artist... I am not a water color or oil painter. I don't use real pens or brushes. Modern computers and applications give me so much more possibilities and I can test so many techniques that I have not enough time in my life to experiment with... I am in the designing branch for more than 33 years now but I am still learning."
I also asked Yvonne to pick out some of her works from her Renderosity gallery that she feels best showcases what she does, which are pictured throughout this article.
So, Yvonne, you have an incredibe and unique body of work in your Renderosity Gallery, as well as more work at your own website. You mention that you are self-taught in digital art, but, do you have any traditional art experience behind you?
I am a technical drafter by profession and was working in the mining industry for more than 10 years... a time where computers and internet, as we know, were dreams of the future. In the 80's to the 90's I designed logos, pennants and banners for different trade names and sports clubs manually. I also designed embroidery and fabric patterns. Before I came to Australia 8 years ago, I worked for an engineering office as a landscape drafter. I never had a professional education in graphic arts or similar subjects. But, all these different experiences and a bit of talent shaped my future and what I am doing today. By the way, in my gallery is just a small part of all my different kind of arts. There is more to see in my RedBubble gallery.
Indeed, there is a lot more, and your vector artwork in your RedBubble gallery is also stunning. Particularly striking to me was "Dimension in Orange," and I am glad to now see it here at Renderosity:
What else can you tell us about yourself? What do you enjoy doing when not creating art?
I am married and have a son. I enjoy traveling and exploring the world around me. I love to take shots from all this beauty stuff. I like to cook and to experiment with recipes. After more than 1 year of unemployment and looking for a job where I can prove to myself and others what I've learned over the years, I am going to study "Architectural Drafting" from home in September.
When did you first get started in digital art?
I bought myself the first computer in 1997, but I first started to work with Photoshop and Illustrator in 2004. My hobby was to create stationary and digital scrapbook pages and elements for myself and for sale. About 3 years ago I began to design digital art for prints on different media.
I noticed you have an arsenal of programs that include Bryce, ArtMatic Voyager, Poser, Photoshop, Illustrator, and even Groboto! So, I must ask, is there a program you turn to first when an idea strikes, or do you have a certain workflow?
As I said before, I started with Photoshop and Illustrator many years ago. I am constantly looking for new techniques, applications and challenges. So, it was just a matter of time to try something new... to experience the world of 3D. Actually, a new Mac last December was the trigger to start with and a couple of great 3D designs I saw. My first choice was Bryce to begin with, and over time, I bought myself some additional applications which you mentioned before. You can call me a newbie because I am designing 3D graphics only for a couple of months. It needs time to explore all techniques and possibilities! I don't have a workflow, but my main tool is Bryce. I create what I have in mind. When I have an idea, I try to finish it in my head first, but most of the time it is trial and error until it is perfect and finished.
There are a lot of Brycers and Poser users on Renderosity and beyond, but Groboto is still fairly unknown in comparison. What led you to Groboto?
Actually, there was a little computer graphic I found via Google... and I was looking for more... and more... and came to Groboto.com. It's a cool application with powerful tools. I am still at the beginning to conquer all possibilities, but it's fun and I can export the objects and use them in Bryce or Poser.
What program could you absolutely not be without?
I couldn't be without Photoshop! There are replacements for Bryce or any other 3D application, but there is NOTHING better than Photoshop!
With such diversity in your work, is there a certain genre that you enjoy most?
Genre in regards to style... then, I love to create sculpture-like elements with Bryce like Ruby Moon, or similar designs.
From your stunning shape explorations, to fantastic landscape imagery in your "Pure Nature" series via Artmatic, it's hard for me to pick any number of favorites. What do you view as your best piece, or pieces?
I don't have a special favourite in my gallery. Even when I work with 3D applications most of the time, I love to create all kinds of art and every piece I've uploaded is kind of special to me.
Picking one of your images that really stands out for me is "A Nut in a Shell." What can you tell us about it?
It's funny that you picked this one. This design is the only one I didn't change "100 times." I needed just 1 hour to finish it and I didn't change any part. It was perfect from the beginning! :)
"Course to the Moon" is another image of yours that really stands out for me. What can you tell us about the creation of this piece?
In the last couple of weeks I created some nice backgrounds with ArtMatic Voyager. Usually these images have a "hole" or "empty" spot where I can add some special elements via Photoshop, or I use them as background in Bryce. I save these images until I decide what I want to do with them. I bought the Wavecutter by winnston1984 here in the Renderosity MarketPlace and I didn't really use it until I decided to create "Course to the Moon." I rendered the vessel with Poser on a transparent background. To cover the sharp corners in my montage, I added the fog. Actually... these are clouds. The landing stage, stars and birds were the final touch. The story about this image doesn't really sound exciting, but the planet surface, the moon and the vessel were meant to be for each other! ;)
Who or what inspires you?
Who inspires me... well, I grew up in a country called German Democratic Republic. Me and others of my generation had to be creative because we didn’t have so many possibilities to express ourselves like people today. My life influenced me to make impossible things possible. I guess I got the basics to think outside the box many, many years ago. And there was my grandfather, who was a typographer. He designed printing plates and stencils for newsletters and books. And my mother was painting in oil for many years. But, to answer your question who inspires me... there was no other person than myself [initially]. My constant ambition to learn new techniques and my self-discipline to finish all tasks gave me the ability to do what I love... like designing images with 3D applications. And to get this done I like to watch movies with special graphic effects, like Avatar, or games like Assassins Creed. I research for graphic artists on the internet and I also look for inspiration here on Renderosity or similar websites. There are so many great artists out there, but the list would be too long to name all of them without getting unfair. I also look around me. Australia is full of inspiration. And so is any other country. You only need to open your eyes!
Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on any of the software you use?
I am a newbie in 3D and I am still learning. At this stage, I don’t think I could be very helpful with giving tips, creating tutorials or learning material for 3D applications. But I could give tips and some advice for newbies about editing or manipulating pictures, although I barely can explain what I am doing while I work. Most of my work is trial and error, experimenting with colours and styles, deleting or starting from the beginning. But, if someone needs my help, I’ll give my best. They only need to contact me! :)
Do you have any parting comments or advice for other artists?
My advice for artists or whoever wants to be one - be yourself, look for inspiration, but DON'T copy! Find your own style! Look for the right computer to work with. I suggest a Mac because it is the best tool I've ever known. Experiment with different applications. Try demos or free versions first before you become comfortable with a special one. Think outside the box, try to be unique and don't lose heart for what you're doing!
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