Eric Claeys -- November 2002's Artist Of The Month

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Eric Claeys -- November 2002's Artist Of The Month
Who is EricClaeys?

I am a student currently studying illustration and design at Colorado State University. I have always had an interest in illustrating fantasy and sci-fi, so it was just natural that it carrier over into modeling.

I grew up mostly in a small town on a small 'ranch'. My first introduction to the 3D arts was in high school - to this day I think I am still the only person who has ever opened the Rhino 1.0 box; that for some odd reason my school bought and never even intended on using.

How long have you have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

I have been modeling for about 4 years, off and on self-taught. I think my first computer related graphics were the Megaman Villains I drew in Paint in elementary school. Ever since I played my first video game, I've wanted to get involved in computer graphics.

Do you have traditional art experience?

I was originally a drawing major, and pretty good at it, but I switched simply because they wouldn't let me draw the things I truly enjoy. I'm also taking a few metalsmithing/jewelry classes. Perhaps I'll get a double major or minor in drawing or metals...

What are you currently working on?

At the moment I am designing a Playstation 2 dvd case, instruction guide, and cd cover (entirely fictional) for my graphic design class. In terms of modeling, I am always working on about 3-4 projects at my own pace.

What software do you use and why?

I mainly use Rhino, I believe it is one of the best modeling programs on the market (opinions vary ;P). I also use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and whenever I get the chance I play around in 3D Studio Max.

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

I think my best model so far is my hardsuit Sphyrina in the gallery. She isn't the most detailed (that would be my latest space ship), but I had the most fun with it and the final product turned out better than had I hoped.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

I truly enjoy being able to create my own little worlds, objects or characters - having the ability to interact with them and look at them as if they might really exist. Being able to rotate and view it from any angle only adds to this feeling. Working in 3D is a lot like illustrating in that you are able to create an image that might have only existed in you mind.

What inspires you?

I tend to find most of my inspiration here at Renderosity with the models and images people create. My models are often inspired by games and movies. Just about anything can be inspiring; it's funny, but just today I found inspiration in a rock, heh, it had the shape and texture of a dragon's head.

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

I can never repay all people here who have helped me out so much. I have learned, and keep learning a lot in the forums and galleries. The vast amount of knowledge and inspiration is endless.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

Keep cranking out all those beautiful models and images. Go all the way with your creations! Never settle if you know you can do better, and try not the blame the machine ;) Thanks again!!!

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Member Opinions:
By: Shademaster on 12/5/02
Congratulations Eric!
You deserve it!

By: Nadya on 12/5/02
i like your pic , think you are kinda cute! r you single? anyway i love your work great job

By: Crasher on 12/5/02
Congratulations, you deserve it. Great work. :)

By: Rochr on 12/5/02
Just browsed through your gallery!
Fantastic stuff!
Congrats, very well deserved!!!

By: Wadus on 12/5/02
What happened to all the other comments??? Anyway Congrats again on the well deserved AOM!!!

By: blbarrett on 12/5/02
Well Deserved! your models are are always a pleasure to view. Congrats!

By: GrayCloudDesign on 12/5/02
Congratulations Eric, very well deserved!

By: Valandar on 12/5/02
Wahooey! Eric, you da man! And if I had half your talent I'd be working for Dreamworks, Pixar, or ILM right now. Ever thought of sending them a resume?

By: jgeorge on 12/6/02
Glad to see you here, Eric... I don't comment often on your pics, but I'm a true admirer of your skills. Well deserved, yor works are simply great!

By: Modulok on 12/6/02
Keep kicking butt with your models/2d work! Congrats on the AOM!

By: hmatienzo on 12/6/02
You do great work... well deserved!

By: Teyon on 12/6/02
Hail the conquering hero! I'm glad to see you won the AOM, Eric and I hope it's the begining of a trend. I look foward to seeing your name up on the big screen one day. Take it easy buddy.

By: Curio on 12/7/02
congrats! great modelling!

By: dandavis on 12/7/02
Ah, a fellow Coloradoian. I'm an alum of the University of Colorado Boulder who has been transplanted to the Chicagoland area, so I'm quite familiar with Colorado State. I've admired your work for some time. This is a well deserved honor. Congrats!

By: Fishbiproduct on 12/8/02

Congrat's, Eric!
Your work is just fantastic and this is a well
deserved reward.

By: TKraccoon on 12/8/02
Congrats Eric! Good to see you on the AOM, you definately deserve it :)

By: synergyauto on 12/9/02
If I had to lose, at least it was to somebody who ROCKS!! Great work Eric! I agree with DanDavis too, good to see another Coloradan in the spot light :)

By: cziii on 12/10/02
It can not be disputed that Eric's work is fantastic - bordering at times on awe inspiring. That makes him a great CG artist. In the Rhino forum, he is always willing to lend advice to anyone who asks - newbie or advanced. That makes him a great person. Very well deserved.

By: MomC on 12/11/02
Hey Erwaukie!!! I am SO proud of you! Little does anyone know that you've been playing in your own little world since you were 3 yrs old. CONGRATS!

By: MomC on 12/11/02
P.S. Odin is still my favorite.

By: deemarie on 12/12/02
Congrats on your well deserved honor of Artist of the Month :) By the way, has anyone every told you that you look like one of the hobbits ;] Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and thanks for sharing your talent with us. Dee-Marie

By: kkaufy101 on 12/13/02
I love your models Eric. You have got a lot of talent.

By: dragon_boy16 on 12/15/02
Eric, man, your model rock my socks! lol. great work man, keep 'em coming.-dragon_boy16

By: NateClaeys on 3/17/03
good job bro, i heard you talking about this AOM thing but i did not realize you had won it, and a long time ago it would seem. Well anyways gj

By: treemont on 4/9/03
well deserved! sorry this is late, but I wasn't aroud back then :)

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