Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The M onth [AOM] — The April AOM artist is from the Cinema 4D Gallery. We congratulate Matthieu [Matthieu Roussel], for his outstanding collection of Cinema 4D images
Who is ''Matthieu"?
Hello, I'm a French freelance illustrator, living in the south of France in the countryside, with my wife and my three children. I used to work whith ad agencies, publishing houses, and a press magazine.
How long have you been involved in computer graphics?
I bought my first computer, an Apple Powermac 7300, in 1997, and after three months I used to do all my artwork with Photoshop. Some months later, I bought Strata3d and started into doing 3d.
Do you have traditional art experience?
Yes, I started as a free-lance illustrator in 1991. I worked with pastel, painting, and ink, producing traditional illustrations. I was also modelling with clay. I made models, took photos of them, and I did the post work with Photoshop. It was a heavy method to make 3d illustrations, but then I discovered Strata3d.
What are you currently working on?
I'm working on a children's book for an editor, I'm illustrating a mascott for an ad agency, and a couple of things for a press magazine. This is the program of this week.
"After the rain"
What software/equipment do you use and why?
I have two Apple g5 dual 2ghz computers, and I work with Cinema 4D and Photoshop all day. Cinema 4D is a powerful piece of software; very easy to use and to learn. Modelling is a real pleasure, and renders are just perfect for me (not too long, and a very good quality of HDRI).
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
For the moment, it is "The last elephant". I think I succeeded in showing emotion in this illustration. I tell the story of the full life of the character, with the least number of elements and details. Your imagination can make the rest.
"The last elephant"
Why do you like to work with 3D software?
Because I love the 3 dimensions. Even if this one is virtual, you can't touch it, the result is so rich you only have to imagine and you can see it on the screen of your computer. Magical!
Who or what inspires you?
I don't know really, everything around me and the world where we live. The countryside is very inspiring, and I have the chance to live in nature.The city is very inspiring too, and I like to go to Paris to keep the feeling of this "other world " which is not mine for the moment.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
It is always motivating to post illustrations on Renderosity, because people help you in their critiques or comments. Sometimes it becomes like a game, as you imagine the personality of people who make the comments. It's a good way for inspiration of course, as I am always looking at different galleries and talents.
Do you have any parting comments or advice for other Artists?
You have to find your own graphic style to be free in your creation. Don't try to make things like this one or another, you will do better in a different way. Thanks to all the people who work for Renderosity, giving the opportunity for everybody to show art work from all continents.
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Matthieu is also a featured artist on "The Best of Renderosity" DVD.
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