July 2008 Artist of the Month - Markal

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... July's AOM is Mark Edwards [Markal]!

We congratulate Mark for an outstanding collection of works in the Terragen Gallery!

First, I'm very honored by all this…thank you. When someone at ReRo told me he had voted for me, I was very surprised. I didn’t even know I had been nominated…my jaw not only dropped, but it fell completely off and I haven’t found it yet.

Who is 'Markal'?

Markal is Mark Edwards who lives in Mississippi – originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. I retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 after 23 years, and decided to stay here in the warm gulf coast south along with my wife, two daughters and three grandchildren.


Pool of Tears


How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

My last five years in the Air Force I designed and developed computer-based training. We used Photoshop, Flash and even wrote code in HTML, so I guess I started in the late 90’s. My Terragen work began in 2003.

Do you have traditional art experience?

No real art experience, just the standard art classes in high school and college.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a collaboration with a Bryce artist…he is making a ship for one of my space landscape images. Learning Terragen 2 and possibly Vue may be in the works soon.




What software/equipment do you use and why?

Software used is Terragen 9.43, PaintShopPro 7 and LunarCell. I use an outdated Dell Pentium 4, 1.4GHZ, running Windows XP. I was going to upgrade, but this very large screen HDTV deal fell into my lap, so I had to upgrade my other love…watching Blue-Ray movies…first. Hopefully, I’ll upgrade to a quad 4 before the end of the year.

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

One of my latest favorites is Rigel III. The foreground is a stone BMP overlay I applied in Terragen…the shading and shadows were in-line with the sun angle and it worked very well. The only post work was the LunarCell moons and I think they also add a realistic touch. It still amazes me how computer graphics can make an imaginary place look so real and believable.


Rigel III


Why do you like to work with 3D software?

It’s a fun hobby for me, and when I focus on the work it carries me away from the hustle and worries of this world.

Who/what inspires you?

All the wonderful artists here at ReRo are great inspirations. National Geographic Magazine, NASA and all the space missions has also influenced and inspired me. Of course, our creator…Almighty God…the greatest artist of all.


Star Shade


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

Not only comments, but also other artists sharing their files have helped me grow artistically by leaps and bounds.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

I try to focus on what I love. I have a passion for Space Art, so 99% of my work is Space Art. Some may think I need to branch out and explore other areas, but I say branch out to what…something I don’t love? Go with what you love and your rewards will be many.

Be sure to visit the Terragen Gallery, and also pay a visit to the 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 2008 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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Member Opinions:
By: 3Dillusions on 7/1/08
A well deserved win, congratulations :)

By: artgum on 7/1/08
Awesome Mark- congrats!

By: scifibabe on 7/2/08
Way to go! You deserve this honor. Awesome work and beautiful images. Congrats!

By: Rich2 on 7/2/08
Lovin' it that a fellow Terregenist made the cut! Well deserved!

By: fractalinda on 7/2/08
Well deserved, Mark, for all your fantastic and excellent Terragen art! A BIG Congratulations!

By: EnglishRose on 7/3/08
Congratulations Mark, I have admired your work for years, and many of them have graced my desktop. I was so pleased to be able to add my vote towards your well deserved win.

By: mikeerson on 7/3/08
Hey Mark, You've been a favorite artist of mine for some time. I never get tired of seeing your new worlds you create. I have too many favorite artists to count, but one thing for sure, we all have our own subjects that we love to dive into. All my favorite artists are masters of a particular theme - you are definately the master I think of when it comes to space, planet landscapes... some of your stuff is all you that even movies haven't used yet. I'm not suprised you've won this honor. Stop looking for your jaw - I found it - lol

By: Thandaluz on 7/3/08
A deserved prize for an exceptional artist.

By: Porthos on 7/3/08
Congratulations, well deserved!

By: Snow_Angel on 7/3/08
Hi Mark! Whoo hoo!! Congratulations!! Your Terragen art is always Fantastic and you deserve this Great honor!! Hugss Patt :)

By: romanceworks on 7/3/08
Congratulations! Really enjoyed reading your interview and visiting your beautiful gallery. CC

By: npauling on 7/3/08
Congratulations Mark you really deserve this award, your work is beautifully done.

By: grafikeer on 7/3/08
An award well deserved!An exceptional gallery of work so far,both artistically sound and consistent in style...a true inspiration for me!Congratulations!

By: carlx on 7/4/08
Congratulation Mark!

By: EhsanA on 7/4/08
wonderful work

By: WhopperNnoonWalker- on 7/4/08
Well deserved...Congrat :))))

By: calico1 on 7/4/08
Cool artwork. Nice to be recognized.

By: Orestes on 7/5/08
Congrats Mark! Way to go, you've had this coming for a long time ;-)

By: Perry6 on 7/5/08
Beautiful!!! I'm glad you won so I could be introduced to all your Excellent work!

By: gradient on 7/6/08
Glad to see this Mark! Your Terragen work has always inspired me and it is about time that the Rendo community recognize you as AOM!
Big Congrats!!!

By: azrabella on 7/6/08
Very well deserved, my friend.

By: HorseLips on 7/7/08
Hi neighbor!...I'm glad to see you as AOM...congrats!

By: kanzler on 7/7/08
Congratulations Mark!

By: TallPockets on 7/7/08
A MOST wonderful award/tribute for a MOST wonderful kind soul. My BEST to you and yours, Markal. PEACE & AMEN. TallPockets.

By: calum5 on 7/7/08
Beautifull artwork,well deserved award:)cal

By: Rainfeather on 7/8/08
Beautiful....truly beautiful work! Congratulations on the AoM truly well deserved!

By: marzo on 7/12/08
There IS justice in the world! Very well done!

By: nytefall on 7/15/08
Your work is bloody amazing! Congratulations. This is well deserved.

By: marvo on 7/15/08
Congratulations Mark, I have followed your work for years and it's nice to see you get some recognition!

By: Gunglejim on 7/17/08
Congrats Mark and well deserved!!!Always loved your creativity, imaginative work and attention to detail. You've inspired me as well as helped me in the past, so again this is a well deserve recognition of you and your art.

By: stbc on 7/18/08
Kudos, Mark. Come on over to celebrate. The beer is cold and the marshmellows are warming by the fire. Cheers, Steve Courtright (stbc)

By: voske on 7/20/08
Big Congrats!!!well deserved!!!

By: eres on 7/25/08
Congratulations. You deserve the place.

By: kimariehere on 7/25/08
Congradualtions Mark!!! your gallery is amazing you are a brilliant artist and most deserving of this honor!!!

By: Savage_dragon on 7/26/08
Congratz, Mark! ")

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