November 2006 AOM Mimi Sakamoto [MimiCat]

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... November's AOM is Mimi Sakamoto [MimiCat] from the Vue Gallery. We congratulate Mimi for her outstanding collection of Vue artwork!

Who is 'MimiCat'?

Hello and Konnichiwa! My name is Misako and my nick is Mimi. I don’t want to tell how old I am here, so just guess from my picture. LoL I'm from Japan and have been living in Sapporo, which is the capital city of Hokkaido (the northernmost island in Japan). I have two beautiful and naughty cats, Chatto and Tamu(a cat in the photo is Tamu). They're really wonderful little friends.

I have many interests and hobbies but I especially love seeing ballet, opera (not only listening to it, but singing it myself), musicals, and reading books. In this season, knitting is kind of a custom of mine.I have to do it in a hurry while the cats are sleeping, though, because they like to bite and play with the needles!

I’m always thinking the most important thing in art is ‘telling your heart,' and I am really enjoying my work with freedom. Just for myself.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

For about 8 years or so. My first attempt at computer graphics was with a 2D program(Illustrator), but as I had expected, it was quite a failure unfortunately. I cannot draw pictures with pen and paper at all in real life. However, I kept doodling with it and from time to time helped coloring my friend's designs. One day she showed me some 3D pictures, and I got hooked immediately. Those were really beautiful pictures, and a very new world for my eyes. They were created with Shade, so I bought a copy a few days later and started playing with the program.

Afterwards, I looked around for a 3D program that could help me create backgrounds for my Shade scenes, and then I found Vue d' Esprit 3 on September 2000. It was just a coincidence that I bought Vue. I had not decided whether to buy Vue or Bryce, but when I went to the shop, Vue was cheaper than Bryce a little bit....yes, I chose Vue only by the price lol. If Bryce is cheaper on that day, I might be in the Bryce community now.




Do you have traditional art experience?

No, mostly self taught.

What are you currently working on?

Well, nothing in particular at the moment since I have a lot of things to have to do for work. I want to make a picture which uses rocky mountain for a project among close friends, though.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

Mainly, I've been playing with Vue 5 Infinite and Poser 6 at the moment, and also am using Photoshop and PSP for postwork. As for Vue, it's easy to use and understand especially the interface, and I love playing with the node-based material editor. I also like its Poser export capabilities, and the editable plants, and the EcoSystems are really fantastic of course.

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

'Gypsy' and 'One Summer Day' because I think both pictures show very well what kind of pictures I make and what I like. If I am asked to show a picture to a person who doesn't know 3D art and my work, I will show these two pieces without fail.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Oh, I don't know whether I like to work with it, to be honest lol If I must say something, it gives me freedom, answered my wish and the possibilities are infinite.

Who/what inspires you?

Everything and anything-nature, books, music, people, my cats, flowers on the roads, someone's imagery and words etc.... I'm inspired many artists...too many to list.


"One Summer Day"


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

Renderosity is my second home. I've been learning a lot of things from the great artists here, and we all help each other, with support and respect. Luckily, I met some wonderful people, and some of them I call 'friends' today.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

I’ve already said it in the first answer but I really think the most important thing in art is ‘telling your heart'. Just open your mind, be free, and concentrate to reflect the things in your heart into the scenes. Don’t think too much ‘what people say' and ‘what people think' because I believe thinking such things hinder your creation.

And I think there is no shortcut getting technique. Just try, try, try...and try! Your experience and keeping trying will brings you a great technique, knowledge, confidence and result for sure. Have fun!

Lastly, I would like to say 'Thank you', not only for your votes, but also for your kind help and support. You all give me lots of encouragement and smiles every time!

My special thanks to-Linda(FrenchKiss), Walther(wabe), Ken(kenwas), Christie(Djeser), Cie(Trouble), Lyne, Cristi(criss), Scott(sacada), Wendy(coa), Nick(niandji), Davy(madasatadpole), Steve(spider1313), Paul(Polax), Lin(lingrif), Carol(romanceworks), Rod, Christina, Françoise(madame), Britta(BGHart), Peter(petemohr), Eve, Rain(Rainfeather), Lou(originalkitten), Sharyn(Artemis_Sun) and Fredy.

Health, love and music.

Domo Arigato!!!


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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 2006 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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Member Opinions:
By: TwoPynts on 10/31/06
A worth winner of the AoM for Vue. You work is always a pleasure to view Mimi, so creative and of such high quality. A big congrats to you on the Halloween 2006!

By: wabe on 10/31/06
Cool - a big congratulation Mimi, well deserved!

By: Fredy on 10/31/06
Congratulation honey! *hugz&kisses* Very well deserved! Wooohooo! :)

By: Rainfeather on 10/31/06
MIMIKINS!!! i am so proud of you sweetie!!! congratulations!

By: RGUS on 10/31/06
Whooooo Hoooo... this is so cool for you!!!! WOWZER

By: Angelic-Fairy on 10/31/06
yes...very cool see you here..congrats Mimi

By: UweG on 10/31/06
Big Congrats!!!

By: Shari123 on 10/31/06
Congratulations Mimi!

By: GSGALAXY on 10/31/06
Congrats Mimi !
Always a pleasure to view your wonderful artwork - well chosen - fully deserved !

By: Dotthy on 11/1/06
Wow - big congratulations, wonderful works!

By: Trouble on 11/1/06
yeahhhhhhhhhh Mimi, so very well-deserved!!

By: arwenone on 11/1/06
congratulations Mimi!!!!!!!!!!Well deserved!!

By: amirapsp on 11/1/06
Congrats!!! I just knew your work would be chosen... :-)

By: MistressWit on 11/1/06
YAYYYYYYYYYYY Mimi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Trelawney on 11/1/06
What a wonderful honour for a truly remarkable artist! Congratulations Mimi! >8o)

By: jc on 11/1/06
Mimi shows that it's not the tools, but the artist that make art.

Her loving scenes have strong spirit and tell wonderful stories based on beauty.

Always a delight for the viewer. Can't think of anyone more deserving of recognition.

Many Congratulations Mimi!!!

By: muku2 on 11/2/06
Mimi chan,Congratulations!!!!!

By: BGHart on 11/2/06
Congratulations from all my heart, Mimi. I am so happy for you. :) Hugs Britta

By: FrenchKiss on 11/2/06
Bravo, bravo, bravo to you, Mimi!!! This is wonderful news and I'm very excited for you! Well done and congratulations to you once again!

By: rockets on 11/2/06
Congratulations on this honor and your beautiful gallery!

By: madame on 11/2/06
Congratulations dear Mimi ! It's really very well deserved. Your work is always so creative and wonderfully done ! Bravo !!

By: Djeser on 11/2/06
Hi Mimi, very happy for you and proud of you too, Lucia and Sox also send their love to you and your kitties! Very well deserved!

By: Lion on 11/2/06
Congrats sweetie,Very well deserved!

By: romanceworks on 11/2/06
Congrats, Mimi! Your artwork is really wonderful. CC

By: Lyne on 11/2/06
Oooh wow! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Very well deserved, your art is so special!! :)

By: LadyLisa on 11/2/06
Wow!!! T^his is so exciting!! Mimi you deserve this so much....I am happy to see you honored with this. I am soooooooooo proud to be a big fan of yours..:)

By: PhG47 on 11/3/06
It is magnificent, congratulations, your work deserves widely this AOM, continuous to make us dream. One thousand times bravo!

By: madasatadpole on 11/3/06
wow..super stuff mimi..very well deserved..i'm really happy for you..talent like yours always shines through..big bravo from me..:)

By: wile1 on 11/3/06
Huge Big Congrats Mimi!! A well deserved honor!! :)

By: karanta on 11/3/06
Congratulions :)

By: DesignsbyEve on 11/4/06
Gratz sweetie! *big hugs*

By: PG-Graphics on 11/4/06
Congrats Mimi :-)

By: Belladzines on 11/4/06
awwww sweetie!! this is sooo well deserved!! i am so proud of your accomplishments!!! keep on inspiring us and being who you are!!!! hugs!!!

By: sd012q on 11/4/06
well done you do some stunning art and are really very good at useing vue to its best congratulions :)

By: fabriced on 11/4/06
congratulation Mimi :)

By: Surama on 11/4/06
Congratulations.....wonderful artwork!

By: ISSE on 11/4/06
I think you are not more than 25,congrats.

By: HHDrache on 11/4/06
congratulations :)

By: mommastacie on 11/4/06
CONGRATULATIONS, sweetie!!!! You totally deserve this honour!!!! ::hugs::

By: Anjour on 11/4/06
Congratulations...very well deserved!!!:o)

By: FutureFantasyDesign on 11/4/06
Congrats on AOM! You inspire us all to take vue one step further! :)
Your work is awesome!

By: h-kana on 11/4/06
Congratulations! I love your pictures, they make me happy and confortable.

By: squirrel2005 on 11/4/06
Wonderful works, and congratulation Mimi, your sure deserved it!

By: faveral on 11/4/06
A well deserved award!
Congratulations, Mimi!

By: Grahamhoc on 11/4/06
Well done, you deserve this as your work has a dynamic quality as well as looking great.

By: artgum on 11/4/06
Congratulations on your exceptional work.

By: Eugenius on 11/4/06
Your an amazing artist. Congratulations.

By: ken1171 on 11/4/06
I knew you would win this AOM for you are the best! I still think you are the Queen of awesome 3D lighting! XDDD

By: Shardz on 11/4/06
There really aren't enough to words to describe your amazing creative style and fantastic artistry! As a fellow Vue user, I can appreciate all the details you put into your perfected work and it's done with such classy style everytime! You truly deserve this honor, and I can only hope to learn some things from you in technique in the future! Outstanding work and congratulations!

By: dragounsleer on 11/5/06
wow. congratulations on the award. thanks for sharing your wonderful art with all of us. your work is just absolutely gorgeous.

By: Polax on 11/5/06
Beyond perfect skill, technique and style, your art expresses an incredible positive energy. A feel of universal love that touches the soul.
Congratulations and thanks!

By: criss on 11/5/06
WONDERFUL, Mimi, a VERY well deserved award! Congratulations!!!

By: i-popba on 11/5/06
Woww..!!!congratulation Mimi ...Wonderful work ... love colors and lighting....!!

By: Irish on 11/5/06
Mimi, you are truly a gorgeous artist. Whenever I view a new gallery image of yours, I literally sigh with envy at your wonderful talents.

Congratulations on a most deserved award!!!

By: coa on 11/5/06
Big Hugs and Congratulations, Mimi, from me and "the guys"!!! So well deserved an honour!!!

By: chrispoole on 11/5/06
Congrats Mimi! your art is a pleasure and an inspiration to view and you make Vue renders a thing of beauty.

By: aree_elf on 11/5/06
Congratulations. Totally well deserved too Mimi

By: OOFSET on 11/6/06
Congratulations,Your artwork is sweet and very warm. I hope you never retire, Mimi!!

By: Thelby on 11/6/06
BIG Congratulations from an Admirer from :^D

By: bounzer on 11/6/06
So much talent! Thank you for sharing your art! Cheers, bounzer.

By: Fractelaar on 11/6/06
Congrats a wel deserved price
you doing fine work in Vue i saw this day

By: vshane on 11/6/06

By: brubright on 11/6/06
That's awesome...Congratulations, well done.

By: brubright on 11/6/06
That's awesome...Congratulations, well done.

By: originalkitten on 11/6/06
So proud of you sweetie.....couldn't have happened to a nicer person!!!! Now where is the clap emoticon when I need one ;)

By: patslash on 11/7/06
congrats hun!

By: McDetti on 11/7/06
Congrats Mimi.:)

By: alby3d on 11/9/06
great images, very nice touch,...and you too, beautifull....big kisses...ciao

By: ImagineThat on 11/9/06
Congrats! When I visit the Vue galleries your images always catch my attention with their color, composition and attention to detail. Keep up the great work!

By: mada on 11/9/06
Congratulations! :D

By: joannastar on 11/9/06
Many congratulations Mimi :) Good interview too - it's good to find out a little more about you and "put a face to the name"

By: DennisReed on 11/9/06
Congratulations Mimi! A recognition you richly deserve! Bravo!

By: IO4 on 11/10/06
Congratulations Mimi:) You're images are such a joy to look at:)

By: jgmart on 11/11/06
Congratulations Mimi, I've always been a fan of your work. Well deserved! All the best to you.

By: mwkloh on 11/11/06
Congratulations Mimi.. well deserved recognition of your lovely art creations!! Cheers, Michael

By: Claywoman on 11/12/06
Beautiful artwork Mimi and a great interview, congratulations also!

By: thundering1 on 11/12/06
Congrats Mimi! You have really excellent rich artwork and vision - very well deserved! ;-)

By: Hedda on 11/13/06
Congratulate so much about the AOM Mimi, so well deserved :) You have such a talent..I wish I could only have a small % of it and I would be happy :) You make the most incredible scenes, and so many of them makes me so warm in my heart to look at. You are truly an Artist with an big A and such a sweet and generous person :)

By: pupino on 11/13/06
GREAT Mimi, wonderful and very well deserved! I love also your cats!

By: Monuli on 11/16/06
Congratulations...wonderful artwork!

By: voske on 11/17/06
A Big Congratulation Mimi,Very Well Deserved!!!!!

By: kama-chan on 11/17/06
おめでと~! 日本人の誇りだ!

By: rumncoke on 11/18/06
Congratulatioms!!excellent work.i also live in japan (in aichi) and dabble with maya 3d mostly,

warm regards

By: Adiene on 11/21/06
Mimi's such a sweet person and wonderful artist! Well deserved! :) grats sweetie!

By: Shishi on 11/22/06

By: kimariehere on 11/24/06
your work is beautiful!! A big congrads and so well deserved!! enjoy your month you are really talented!!

By: Danceswithroos on 11/26/06
Wow your work is outstanding! Congratulations!

By: StarGazer9 on 11/27/06
Amazing Work!

By: LudyMelltSekher on 11/30/06
Congratulations!! Mimi Excellent!! An enormous hug from Uruguay

By: FUNJOKER on 4/8/07
Beautiful Image ***** Incredible composition ***** Excellent .

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