July 2007 Artist of the Month - HorseLips

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... July's AOM is HorseLips. We congratulate HorseLips for his outstanding work in the Terragen Gallery! 

Who is 'HorseLips'?

HorseLips is 44 year old Tony Reynolds, and somehow along the way...I ended up living in South Mississippi. For years I was lucky enough to work as a disc jockey for a local radio station, and then I had the time of my life playing drums for a traveling southern rock

Those were the good ol' days, but now I'm older and have bills to pay, so currently I work for the world's largest retailer as a supervisor. In my spare time I love to cook (a big Food Network fan), wrestle with my son, throw a frisbee, and play PC games.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

I started with a free demo of Bryce probably 5 years ago ...so not too long...maybe since 2002.




Do you have traditional art experience?  

Growing up, I would draw constantly and was heavily influenced by Mad Magazine back in the day.

What are you currently working on?

I normally try to juggle 2 or 3 images at one time, just to keep from staring at one detail too long, although most projects eventually stall and end up as scraps.

Right now I am working on a few things in Terragen involving more postwork than I'm used to, but will hopefully have ready soon.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I'm holding on to Terragen version 0.9 right now. I'm still having fun with it and feel I might have another 6 months to a year with that program, provided my postwork skills dramatically improve. I'll switch over to Terragen 2 when they are ready to release the final version. I do most of my postwork in Paint Shop Pro.


Last Light


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

I think my best image is "Last Light". I'm not sure why it's almost always the simple scenes that require the most time. I took a gamble and reduced the shadowing to almost nothing, and it really brought out the lighting and orange glow. The cinnamon toned desert surface works well with the blue atmosphere, I think, involving many layers of smooth and rough sand, grit, and textures. If I could, I would go back and increase the sun's size a little, but you know, it's hard to ever be completely satisfied.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

After I became comfortable moving my way around Terragen, I soon discovered that it was extremely therapeutic to be able to focus my mind on creating my vision of some fantasy world ready to be explored. They say "the devil is in the details", and after a
stressful day...or week, it's still fun to spend time agonizing over the smallest of detail.


Ruins of the Third System


Who/what inspires you?  

Early on, I was blown away by the artwork of gradient, mac8, and joshus hund...but I think I was most inspired by what Rids could do in Terragen. Those guys made such a lasting impression on me, as far as the level of work I wanted to somehow achieve. I use to
sit and just stare at their images...still do occasionally. Most inspiring now is finding a cool terrain to bounce ideas off of. I'm searching for some now.

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

First and foremost, the galleries here at Renderosity offer a wealth of inspiration no matter what software you choose to explore. I have recieved nothing here but encouragement since coming to Rendo, and that has meant so much to me, especially those times when you can't seem to get anything going and feel like giving up. Most Terragen artist here are more than happy to share advice, tips, terrains, atmosphere's, ect., and that has proved invaluable to me over the years.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

By all means take what you do seriously, but please try not to take yourself too seriously. That just annoys the crap out of people!


Winter's Lullaby


Please have a further look at HorseLips' Gallery!

Be sure to visit the Renderosity Terragen Gallery, and also pay a visit to the Renderosity Terragen Forum!

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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 2007 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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Member Opinions:
By: Surama on 7/3/07
Congrats.......my fav won!

By: calico1 on 7/3/07
Congratulations! Terragen fun for everyone!

By: Thandaluz on 7/3/07
Congratulations! HorseLips, the master of Terragen.

By: bost on 7/3/07
Well done and well deserved.

By: babuci on 7/5/07
Truly an outstanding quality of works. Congratulation.

By: Kimberly.3D on 7/5/07
Congratz...beautiful work!!!

By: npauling on 7/5/07
Congratulations on a beautiful gallery and AOM is well deserved.

By: BarbieDahl on 7/6/07
Congratulations. Your gallery is really amazing.

By: shantay on 7/6/07

By: karanta on 7/6/07
congratulations :)

By: stormchaser on 7/7/07
Well done!! Your scenery work is so atmospheric, sometimes strange yet always beautiful.

By: artgum on 7/8/07
Well deserved!

By: BecSchm on 7/8/07
Beautiful work!

By: CodemanStudios on 7/8/07
Mesmerizing work! Well done.

By: Rids on 7/8/07
I'm very disappointed you didn't talk about sock puppets Tony - Cool interview and a very well deserved accolade!

By: kanzler on 7/8/07

By: lior on 7/8/07
Congratulations:well deserved!

By: Dianthus on 7/8/07
I dont know much about Terragen but your work is beautiful. Congratulations:)

By: gradient on 7/8/07
Big Congrats!!!
I haven't been around much lately...but I have admired your work for some time.

By: prutzworks on 7/12/07

By: choronr on 7/12/07
Congratulations to you ...keep them coming!

By: Snow_Angel on 7/12/07
Congrats Tony! Your Terragen images are Awesome! :)

By: Belladzines on 7/13/07

By: legionofthedamned on 7/13/07
Amazing gallery!

By: Alex_NIKO on 7/15/07

By: Gammacrucis on 7/16/07
Magical mood in your Gallery, congrats!

By: superza on 7/17/07
Many congratz!!
Great award for a great artist!

By: matrixmode on 7/18/07
Rock on bro! :)

By: Thelby on 7/18/07
Cool Work from a Cool Artist, BIG CONGRATULATIONS Tony!!!

By: Rich2 on 7/18/07
Good to see one of "us" again in the AOM - many congratulations! Foodie huh? Me too - maybe we should have a "smackdown"...

By: A-Lady-Dragon on 7/19/07
Love the images. The Omen really caught my eye, i loved the feel of the image.
The detail in this is awesome. Congrats.

By: Denger on 7/19/07
Long overdue, IMO. Congratulations and Best Wishes!

By: MimiCat on 7/20/07

By: virtuallyhistorical on 7/21/07
Well deserved!

By: DocMikeB on 7/21/07
Congratulations, you're very good 3D artist and I appreciate you landascapes rendering!

By: Foxfire66 on 7/23/07
Extremely well deserved.
Your work is astonishing!!

By: Kaerobani on 7/25/07
congratz, well deserved

By: DaRave on 7/31/07
Well you obviously kid ass Mr. Lips.

By: 011art on 7/31/07
Great Work!

By: one5910 on 8/10/07
you have really beautyfull landscapes and thoses tones and light are amazing congratulation

By: efron_241 on 11/22/07
Thanks to Andy Welder I heard that you were Artist of the Month this year..

You deserve it.

Amazing work !

By: fractalinda on 3/9/08
I must have been gone when this happened. So a very belated but nonetheless heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS, Tony! Can't think of a more deserving artist 'round these parts.
I love your work. of course, you know that. Kudos!

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