Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... December's AOM is Calum Andrews [calum5]! We congratulate Calum for an outstanding collection of works in the ZBrush Gallery!
Who is 'calum5', and how did you come by that username (is there a significance to the number 5)?
First, can I say thank you to everyone who voted for me and to renderosity for seeing me as a worthy nominee? I'm bowled over with joy and very proud of the events of the last few months.
I'm a 36 year old London living artist by night, and business management by day. Father of two amazing children and still with my love, Caroline, 18 years now since we got together. My 2 year old girl Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the other love in my life!
My user name, calum5, came about when I joined my first art gallery. Number 5 is my favorite number, and is my birthday and birthmonth (nothing special there, lol).
How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?
I've been rendering and painting with programmes since 2002, really. I originally started out with Bryce 5 and Poser 4.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I'm in the middle of a few projects. Two projects involve me creating full body 3D models, and another two projects are to do with props and conforming items for Daz figures. I'm also doing some private artwork.
What software/equipment do you use and why?
The first thing I open these days always seems to be ZBrush3.1. My PC is a Mesh 4300, 120GB dual core, 2 GB Ram, and I have a 256MB Nvidia Graphics card. I'll be upgrading within the next few months. The more 'power', the more 'speed in creation' is why I am looking to upgrade.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I don't really have an idea as to what my best image is. I prefer the last creation for a 'moment', but then I want to improve more, so I'm really still looking for an image I've created that I'm completely happy with. I like some elements in images I've made, but never the entire piece. Maybe I'll never be happy, or have a fav image of my own. I'll have to see what the future brings :)
What is it that you like best about ZBrush?
Since upgrading to the latest version, I can't start with anything else. The only scultping I've ever done before was a vase in pottery class, lol. I've found with Zbrush3.1 you can sculpt without any real knowledge in 'how to', but if you work at it you can create anything. That's what I love about the programme the mos: the freedom to just sculpt away through the night and see what you can come up with. I'm currently working on a full female figure, and getting her shapes how I like is a great challenge. Making her form look right, along with the muscle and bones evident below the skin is a great excerise.
Who/what inspires you?
As I mentioned in my earlier interview this year, I tend to create without direct inspiration. I don't see my exact image in my mind before I start working. I do things which lead to other things, ideas come into my mind for evaluation as to better the image as I'm working. I have alot of ideas in my thoughts that prompt me to implement them into my creations, or to see if they work in a particular image or not.
I see a lot of work that I enjoy and would like to be able to create. On my fav images list, I saved a lot of images that I personally love and would love to do images like. Some of these artists I have a lot of respect for (some of the finest Renderosity art works for me are in my favs images).
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
This Renderosity community has been something that has helped me grow from the very beginning of my 3D art life. I can't state enough how much other artists' input on my works, and seeing some really astonishing works here have helped me develop my own work. I have made many friends in these galleries that are as special to me as my art. Some really good friends have left and moved on, which is sad, but life carries on. I could list around 250 artists that I would like to thank for helping me, and their encouragements over the years (they know who they are). I have a special amazing artist friend that can see in the future, by telling me things that always happen. I would like to send a special thanks to him, David aka Shardz.You meet some special people here, and this guy is the pinnacle of examples of a talented, humble, and humourous friend.
Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?
I would like again to say THANKYOU to everyone who visits my images. My advice to artists would be to learn your tools' full potential. With the knowledge of what you can do with your software, making your images will be a lot easier. Read tutorials and look at the sort of work you want to be able to create for ideas. Find out what steps are used to make such art and go for it. The forums here are a great place for learning.
On a final note, I personally feel my art is far from where I want it to be. I don't think of my work as that good, and I have a far greater desire to reach new standards in my own perceptions. I receive a lot of feedback on my work which is greatly appreciated and I'm honered! Last, but not least, have fun in doing what you do - that's important!
Please have a further look at calum5's Gallery.
Read a previous interview with Calum.
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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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