March's Featured Artist - audre

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March's Featured Artist - audre
Who is audre?
Fundamentally, audre is a computer dweeb with an addiction to eyecandy who is fascinated with 3D software as well as fractals, bright colors, and loud noises.

I've a technical background (electrical and software engineering) but have always been a closet CG (computer graphics) nut. Why closet you ask... Well, only in recent years has "the computer" been recognized as a valid 'art medium' so it's been pretty rough trying to survive in the traditional-media-centric art community as a Computer Graphics artist. This prevailing attitude is why I've bided my time and stuck with my dweeby day job until very recently, when I decided it was finally feasible to make a living doing Computer Graphics. (As of next week, I will be an officially unemployed geek, actively pursuing my Art Career. - Whooohoooo!)

At this time I'd also like to take a moment to thank all of you who did take the time to vote in the Artist of the Month Poll... whether you voted for me or not. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for sharing ideas and showing appreciation to those folks whose art you enjoy. I am very excited and grateful to have this opportunity myself.

Finally a ginormous THANKS to my friends in the Render Wars Forum, without whose support, both moral and immoral, I would not have had this chance to be AOM! Thank you guys! *Group hugs* (And a special thanks to tio, thee_immortal_one, for starting the Render Wars in the first place!)

You see, in addition to being a geeky dweeb CG artist, I am also very proud to be a member of the fine group of Renderosity Citizens, who are 'The Render Warriors". Warriors take great pleasure and show gut splitting, wicked humor, coupled with 'knock-yer-socks-off' graphics every time they launch an attack at one of their opponents. The atmosphere in the Wars is an excellent combination of genuine fondness for the other members coupled with that slightly competitive (okay and slightly twisted ) slant that brings out the best in all of us... It really is amazing, the stuff I've seen posted in the forum. It really is inspiring too and makes me want to get in there up to my elbows and participate in the creative free for all. It's really worth a visit... and everyone is welcome to join the party!

How long have you have you been rendering?
Rendering (in the strict 3D-definition of the word)... not too long... a few years - since Bryce 3 for a few test pics but seriously only about 6 months.

Doing CG in general? Much longer - since 1992 or so, when the very first Macintosh came out with MacPaint and the images were printed on 24 pin dot matrix printers! Heck... I remember doing ascii art on my typewriter!

What are you currently working on?
  1. Learning to use the 3d modeling software (eg. Carrara, 3Dmax... etc)

  2. Trying to stop using Photoshop as a crutch for my inexperience with 3D :^P

  3. Getting a handle on ProPack and how to utilize the technology it exposes

  4. Working on having cool stuffs for sale for Poser and Bryce at Renderosity

  5. Artwork for Music CDs

  6. Book Cover Art

  7. Business Graphics and Corporate Identity

  8. Web Development

  9. Web Development

  10. Oh, did I mention Web Development?


What software do you use and why?
1. Photoshop - it IS the industry standard for 2D Computer Graphic / Image manipulation and I cannot imagine creating a single image without using it for something

2. Kai's Power Tools - instead of costly drugs, I find Kai's to be immensely relaxing and fun to use as well as invaluable in creating complex effects in images.

3. Poser - the best software available at a reasonable price for creating images of living organisms like human and animals, and insects. Really unbeatable product whose versatility and use I've just touched the surface of.

4. Bryce - very powerful for natural (and unnatural ) landscape renders where material control is important (see Toothache, in which the material for the Gargoyle/Dragon is 100% Bryce material)... another amazing product whose versatility is mind boggling.

5. Carrara - a viable and accepted platform for the generation of 3D meshes/objects and images which costs orders of magnitude less than it's nearest competitive product. I think it actually puts those 'heavy hitters' to shame.

6. CorelDraw - personal choice... can't get into Adobe Illustrator (UGH) - although I do use AI for some vector functions that CorelDraw just isn't capable of yet. I really like CorelDraw's versatility and hidden features - like attaching a database to your image objects, a feature which I've used successfully to budget projects and even generate the annual working grounds budget for a hospital!

7. Flash - is the 'new thing' - like it or not anyone wanting to any web work has to know how to use it.

8. UltraFractal - very cool shareware fractal image generator - nice control of colors, size and fractal formula.

9. Fractint - the very first shareware fractal generator - can't beat the price, cause it's FREE!.

Why do you like 3D art?
Unlike traditional art, 3D art engages both sides of the brain and is therefore more fulfilling, for me. Also, it is created on the computer, which is a real plus, since I love computers and the technology they encompass.

I really love the whole process, starting from that germ of an idea, selecting the right tools/software, and then creating a piece and experimenting with it each step of the way. I also love the ability to 'go back' and try a different path anytime I want. This non linear work flow is what I find lacking in traditional media art.

I also like that I can explore the myriad possibilities of a 3D scene... change a texture here... move the camera over there ... play countless 'what if' games with the elements in the image to see what effect it will have. It is like going on a trip without leaving my chair! (Yes, I am very easily amused .) Actually I view it as a cross between gambling and treasure hunting since I use the randomize features of Kai's and Bryce allot.

What inspires you?
Art inspires me. Nature - Chaos and fractals, electron microscope imagery, Hubbell space pictures, macro views and natural scenes. Odd perspectives and juxtaposition is nice too. Sometimes music does. And often, personal experiences inspire me to attempt the capture of a mood or feeling or convey a thought.

Being around talented people inspires me too. Working with creative and supportive people is probably the most inspiring thing for me! I get a charge from other people's ideas and enthusiasm... their perspectives... their views... techniques and style. I love experimentation and learning!

I also think a bit of genteel competitiveness is really motivational, which is what I find so engrossing with the Render Wars. It's an extended group project, but within the group are minor competitions where we each have a chance to 'strut our stuff' and have fun too (hopefully at the other guy's expense <wink>).

Finally, technology inspires me. I am very happy that computer technology has finally caught up with my passion for computer art! Five years ago, it was almost unheard of for an 'everyday' computer to create the stunning graphics we now take for granted. Talk about mind boggling, awe inspiring and down right exciting!

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
In an effort to finish up this rather lengthy dissertation ... I'll hit on a few of the key points... but I want to say that this online community is by far, the very best one I have EVER participated in. The talent combined with the great people here make for a dynamic 'critical mass of inspiration'... there is ALWAYS a masterpiece being posted! There are always some folks around willing to help you out... and there are always friendly faces willing to give you hand up when you are down.

How has Renderosity enhanced my Work? Constructive criticism is invaluable and the members here actually take the time to post feedback! Seeing other artists work allows me to compare, to see where I might enhance my own work, or learn a new method to make my work more interesting. Being around other computer graphaholics is invigorating (Its nice not to have to explain to everyone what CG is all the time <rolls eyes> or defend your choice of tools.)

How has Renderosity enhanced my relationships?
Contacts. Unfortunately in this world it is often WHO you know, not what you know... I really think that this community has a large enough membership where it is quite possible to find clients or vendors for just about any computer graphics related project! That is cool. I know that I've met a few people who I look forward to working with in the future!

How has Renderosity enhanced my learning?
The members themselves are a veritable cornucopia of information, shared willingly and with a smile. And exploring the uploads... what a treasure trove of new ideas and techniques! I can spend a few hours clicking my way through hundreds of great pieces that serve to fuel my imagination for weeks on end!

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Member Opinions:
By: ronmolina on 3/6/01
Nice to see you and here about you.

By: Helen on 3/6/01
Congratlations... It is always good to learn about the person behind the name.. :)

By: hobbit on 3/6/01
That was a good read, I liked the bit about being inspired by electron microscope imagery, I spend 4 hours aday working on one of those, I've even used some images as greyscale terrain maps in bryce.

By: Billy on 3/6/01
Congratulations Audre, its great to see you here. I'm sure you'll do well in your new art career with your talent and what a babe too, sexy!!! :)

By: Jan-Michael on 3/6/01
Congrats.. Audre... love your work... keep them coming...:)

By: Syyd on 3/6/01
Audre, it is great to see you here, and none more deserving either. You are gifted beyond belief, have an incredible scope and vision about work, and experimentation, and you are one of the nicest people Ive met on RR. Congrats girl, and I look forward to working with you.

By: Brandi on 3/6/01
Lovely interview Audre! It's so nice to learn more about you and what drives you to create the wonderful work that you do! I wish you continued success... it's been a joy getting to know you and I hope we can do so even more in the future! ;-)

By: muf on 3/6/01
Congrats, my friend! Best of luck to you on your new endeavors. Keep up the great work. =)

By: fozzibear on 3/6/01
Congrat's Audre, you deserve this.

By: emorin on 3/6/01
Great article, always love to know about the person behind the mouse or tablet! Keep doing just what you are doing and my prayers are with you in finding success in your passion, after all, it ceases to become just a job when you can truely do what you love to do. Ellie

By: Crane on 3/6/01
aaaah...my current renderwar ally....uve made it....im loving ur face every time i see it...and ur work even more....;)...well...u already know what i think of u and ur work...so lemme get bak to clobbering some render war booty..(with u of course)...lol..;)

By: Cheryle on 3/6/01
WOOT! SIS! WTG! lol love the interview ;)
you've been a big help to me in learning more about graphics in general, you are very versatile in your choice of apps, and i think the title is well earned and well deserved.
ok fun's over get back in there (*points to the RW forum*), we have warriors to toast ;) most likely each other :) LOL HUGS! ;)
C

By: bonbon on 3/6/01
yay!!! u made it,im so damn proud o u!!! w0oh0o0o0o!!!! -doing a happy dance for audre-
now we gonna see u rock the world,maybe??? i hope so... good luck in allu does*wink*

By: henriqueaguiar on 3/6/01
CONGRATULATIONS MY FRIEND!

By: audre on 3/6/01
hey everyone! thanks ! i really appreciate your kind words and your support and i want you to know that you are all some of my favorite peoples - i really feel like i've found a home.

By: Im4Angels on 3/6/01
Congratulations!!!! Audre!!!! Render Warrior, extrodinaire and outstanding renderer and artist period.

By: Tammy on 3/6/01
Congratulations I agree with the others these interviews are really nice for putting a face with the name and artwork. This is well deserved.

By: gevidal on 3/6/01
I am very happy that have been outstanding this month Audre. I am also happy of knowing your face and at some time we could organize renderosity people's encounter. For the time being what I know of you, and some other I like it. Congratulations. Felicitaciones, me alegro mucho. Guillermo Vidal

By: mqshocker on 3/6/01
I can not say enough about audre,She is crafty,dilagent worker. She has taken time to share Ideas and points with other artist.
Its about time she has been selected as Marches best. I wish her well. Good luck audre and I hop[e to see somemore inspiring works soon.
MQSHOCKER

By: Mandie on 3/7/01
Congrats Audre :) you're an inspiration, thank you :)

By: desdemona on 3/7/01
Congratulations Audre!!!!! I love Your work it shows emotions and is inspiring. Great interview...Best- DES

By: Gringo on 3/7/01
Way to go audre! estas muy Feliz pada te!

By: Lorraine on 3/7/01
Congratulations! Good luck on your new job!

By: Taura Noxx on 3/7/01
congratulations audre, you definately deserve your place here with outstanding work and imagery.

By: MarvinR on 3/7/01
Haha, LOL. ;~) Big Smile. Congratulations Audre. You are one fantastic person. When they made you they broke the mold. "LOOK OUT WORLD, HERE COMES AUDRE". (Read with a drum roll, a fanfare, like the opening to a Broadway musical) LOL. ;~) An Even Bigger Smile. BTW That picture up there looks like it came right out of the old TV show Batman. Boff ... Biff ... Blap ... It's the Render Warrior AUDRE coming to save the day, ... or squash some poor unsuspecting victims, whichever come first. Haha!! Again, congrats and a big hug. You deserve it and much more. -Ray- (A huge fan)

By: futuramik on 3/8/01
congats ,Audre, you do fine work ,very deserving of AoM.keep it up (but look out in the wars!)
Best of luck in your new ventures

By: Ironbear on 3/8/01
Congratulations, Audre... you're truly an excellent artist. ;]

By: aprilgem on 3/9/01
Yay, Audre! Congratulations. You're an artist with energy, enthusiasm, and humor; and I like that you're more into the process of creating than into the creations themselves -- makes for fun and whimsical art! I loved reading the interview; you have described exactly my own feelings toward 3D art -- BSOB, Both Sides Of the Brain!!! :)

By: lopsided on 3/9/01
Congratulations for a well deserved award. Your work is fantastic and inspiring. I have enjoyed your artwork and I anticipate with great eagerness, your future work. I wish the very best of luck for you in your new venture.
Peace: lopsided ;)

By: frogman on 3/9/01
Congratualtions Audre!!I am very pleased to see that you have won this title. You certainly deserve it for all the interesting work you have posted. You create such a variety of forms and lets not forget "COLOR". You would is always uniq

By: wernette on 3/11/01
I like the way you use original textures in Poser. Congradulations.

By: Sasha_Maurice on 3/12/01
congratulations to you audre! you are an exceptional and brilliant Artist. and such an inspiration! once again, Congratulations!!!

By: tom3962 on 3/12/01
Congrats on AOM Audre. I was even more pleased to hear your going to give up the day job and make real use of your talents! Good Luck.

By: Gaer on 3/13/01
Congrats! Always like your stuff Audre, it's about time one of the Render Warriors started getting some recognition. Thanks for making that step forward possible. ;-)

By: DreamVoyager on 3/14/01
Cool Audre ::-))

By: iguana on 3/15/01
Congratulations! First saw your work at your website, then back here. Well deserved honor. Everyone should be sure to vist her "attic": http://www.audres-attic.com/

By: Sacred Rose on 3/16/01
Hey Audre....Woooohoooo u have made it to the top of the crop ;) ...its about time u got here and you took your throne. The render warriors were getting restless LOL All in all, you deserve this honour, your skill, and vision are very enviable! Congratulations madame AOM!!! *hugs*

By: Orphen on 3/17/01
Audre, I knew you had it in you a looooong time ago, and of course I also know that you'll never quit reaching for greater accomplishments. The person behind the art is as much an inspiration as the art itself.....You go girl! ;)

By: Varian on 3/21/01
Good reading, Audre. Equally as good as viewing your imagery. One tip: don't feel so constricted by "3D" -- if you know how to use Photoshop (which you certainly do), use it freely and generously along with 3D work. Why not? What matters is the result, and your results are wonderful! :)

By: campbellsoup on 5/4/01
Great work. Keep it up. I do remember MacPaint and I had a Mac Plus. We've come a long way.

By: dragongirl on 7/31/01
I loved getting acquainted with you through your writing today, in addition to your artwork here. Such a lively mind! The creativity in your artwork is a constant inspiration to me - very impressive mind! :-)


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