HobbyHopper -- September 2002 Artist of the Month

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HobbyHopper -- September 2002 Artist of the Month
Who is HobbyHopper?

I am 50 years old of Japanese man, who has lived in the U.K. for about 5 years, whose real name is Sadamu Higuchi -- and no, I am not an Iraqi :-)

I am an electrical engineer working working for CDMA mobile phone development in a laboratory. I am getting old and my favorite engineering work is now being done by young engineers *sigh* -- Alas, I am just doing engineering management now. However, this management job is stressful and this fuels my drive for my 3D art work!

How long have you have you been rendering?
I started my 3D work about 3 years ago. I started doing 3D because my son gave me some 3D software tools as a gift (He had won them in a contest). Before then, I created my art using 2D tools and software. Special thanks to my son for his gift, which opened up new avenues for me!

Since then my art was moved to 3D.

Do you have traditional art experience?
I used to draw MSDOS-based 16-color images for computer programs which is an extremely useful resource for my 3D art.

What are you currently working on?
Besides my real job, I create my 3D artwork as a hobby. In the field of 3D, I am submitting 3D images to many galleries now. However, I think Renderosity is one of the most friendly sites. I can feel American freedom and democracy here!

What software do you use and why?
I use "Shade" made by EX-Tool Co, Ltd. This tool has Bezier Curves modeling and ray-tracing. This is low cost and popular software in Japan.

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I like "Zoroaster-29".
This has very cute girls and good perspective view. I tried to express summer sunshine and shade under the arcade. Fortunately I had found a good view angle of the girls in this image. The contrast of the sky and architecture gives the feeling of summer too.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?
Basically, I like craftsmanship and art. 3D tools are an easy way to create as opposed to something like oil paints, which are not easily re-drawm or redone.
Also 3D tool allow me to check out many camera angles and often, I find the best one by chance! I like that element of surprise.

What inspires you?
I have an interest in fairytales, science-fiction, you know, stories such as Star Wars. I like to create images such as musical stages and my characters are my favorite shape.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Other artist's images here always give me inspiration and make impressions on me. To know the culture of each artist is my favorite thing, and their images give new ideas to me. I look not only at the "expert's" image but also beginners images too since I think all images are great for ideas.

I also enjoy the comments here. I think this culture at Renderosity and the commenting mechanisms in the galleries most helful and inspirational. -- It makes for a nice community "culture." It's so nice to get feedback from people too, when they tell me Which part of my images gives them the most. This is good feedback to me!

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?
Thank you for taking the time to read my interview.

I looked around all of nominee's image galleries and those were excellent!

I would love to exchange information with them about arts in the gallery.

Please give your helpful comments to members in the Renderosity gallery.

Renderosity has good art couture!

Thank you!


click here to visit HobbyHopper's Gallery

click here to see the nominees for September 2002

Click here to learn more about the Artist of the Month
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Member Opinions:
By: Sacred Rose on 9/18/02
Congratulations Sadamu on a well earned honour! It is always a pleasure to see your artwork in the various galleries online. Thank you very much for sharing it with us all.

Sacred Rose

By: Mixednutt on 9/18/02
Congratulations man, you did it! I am very impressed by shade, and you are able to manipulate it so wonderfully. You very much earned this recognition, and I'm glad that everyone else here can see it too. Once again congrats, and I like the new Zoroaster-34. I think my favorite so far is Zoroaster-29, because of the lighting mostly ;)

Talk to you later


By: as07 on 9/18/02
congratulationsss for the aom, you really deserved it!!

By: specs2 on 9/18/02
This is great, to finally associate a face with the person that does those cool pics. I think it was a good idea to expand to 3d since it's limitless in my opinion, if you just take the time to search for the right way. Certainly you have found that route. Congrats my friend.

By: foleypro on 9/18/02
Congratulations my friend your textures and modeling are sweet love what you do with Shade...

By: Pen_Is_Envy on 9/18/02
Congratulations, you really deserve this honour. Your work is wonderful and so professional looking. I've said it a million times, but it looks like the best of the cd rom computer game graphics, which in my mind is a huge compliment. Congratulations again!!

By: RobinOberg on 9/18/02
Nice! Great to see someone who deserves to be an Artist of the month :)
Shade is a really nice program,
i hope you stick by it as long as possible :)
Also fun to know that my vote made a difference in the poll :)

By: shadownet on 9/18/02
Congratulations! There are so many artist posting to the galleries these days it is hard to see everyones work. I had not come across your art prior to this article, so glad I did. Really nice. Keep on doing what you are doing, it seems to be working. :O)

By: ronmolina on 9/18/02
Way cool!

By: theglenster on 9/18/02
u da man!

By: Rochr on 9/18/02
Congrats my friend! :)
A well earned prize and honour for your great works!
I hope to see much more of it!


By: lourdes on 9/18/02
Congratulations! You very much deserve to be aom and have fully earned it through your incredible work. Keep it up and thank you so much for sharing them with us!

By: picky on 9/18/02
Congratulations on becoming an AOM! Your work is very imaginative. Keep it up!

By: emorin on 9/18/02
I enjoy your originality and imaginative work! Great to finally get to know you. Be Blessed.

By: Rendered2Blue on 9/18/02
Well Done~Well Deserved! Congratulations! Now how do I get one of those Jet Bikes???

By: senjin on 9/19/02
Well done my friend and so glad that you are being honored. Domo Sadamu-sama

By: Shademaster on 9/19/02
This is the first time I saw your art and I feel ashamed that I didn't notice it earlier! All your works are so well put together, not only technically put also artistically! I am looking forward to seeing your next peice of art.

By: tattie on 9/19/02
Higuchi sama, Double Congratulations. First for your artwork which I have always enjoyed both for its imaginative scope and excellent execution. Secondly for bringing Shade to the forefront of peoples minds. I look forward to your future works.

By: hobbit on 9/19/02
Congratulation Sadamu, your work is very imaginative and you have a great eye for composition and detail, I enjoyed viewing your works. Nice to see someone from the UK too,,,:)

By: Seven Wolves on 9/20/02
A very well deserved award Sadamu. I have enjoyed, IMMENSLY enjoyed your renders. I look forward to every new installment with your gorgeous scenery and lovely models.

By: vapo on 9/21/02
Congratulations! I have been admiring your pictures for a long time... Love those flying figures and fantasy inspired scenes... :)

By: ShadowWind on 9/22/02
Congratulations Hobby, you are a wonderful artist and I have been following the story of Zoroaster for a long time. Keep it up...

By: Ironbear on 9/22/02
Congratulations Hobby. Impressive body of work, and I love the detail you put in.

By: TKraccoon on 9/22/02
huh...WOW! That is some very impressive work! Simply amazing. I'm glad I stopped by and looked at your gallery or I would have missed some incredible ideas! You really deserve the AOM.

By: davidm on 9/23/02
Congratulations Sadamu! Your artwork is FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing it with all of us here on Renderosity! :-)

By: sirocco on 9/24/02

By: MadYuri on 9/25/02
Congratulations! I really enjoy your pictures. :)

By: ianross on 9/29/02
I'm both impressed and encouraged..... particularly as I'm only one year behind you, in the 'age department'...... And seeing as to how prolific you have been with your 3D, in the space of 3 years!
Well done, and wishing you many more years at it!

By: turx on 9/30/02
Congreatulations for being AOM!

By: jenay on 10/1/02
congrats :)
i love your istambul and zoroaster series - esp. your great architectonic
perspectives. very elaborated. (i think i saw your work first at 3d-ring).


By: jtmjtm2001 on 10/2/02
Keep up the good work!!

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