Bevchiron ~ December's Artist Of The Month

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Bevchiron ~ December's Artist Of The Month
Who is 'bevchiron'?

First let me thank all those who voted for me, I'm honoured to have been selected! I'd also like to thank everyone who comments on my work & gives me such great feedback & support. Congratulations to everyone nominated, all worthy IMO!

bevchiron is Bev Hodson, just someone with a life long consuming passion for art! I'm not currently doing anything else. I live & work in a small village in a fairly remote part of south Wales, UK.


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

I was a bit slow (to say the least lol!) to discover both computers & computer graphics, once I became aware of the possibilities I bought my first computer in October 2000 & set about learning to use it! I hadn't done any art work for quite some time & it seemed a good opportunity to make a fresh start. It's been quite a journey these last three years & I'm still learning all the time but working on the computer felt very natural to me from the start & I think I'm more comfortable working in this medium than any other.


Do you have traditional art experience?

Yes, art is the only thing I was ever really interested in pursuing so I did my formal training at art college & have
a B.A. in Fine Art.

Some of that training has been very useful to me, some of it definitely wasn't! Traditional art is such a rich source of inspiration I would encourage everyone, whatever kind of art work they may be doing, to study the techniques & theories but I don't think a lack of training necessarily makes someone a lesser artist, there's so much more to it than technique.

I spent some time working as a professional artist using traditional media & discovering new ways to combine those skills with digital techniques never fails to fascinate & excite me!


What are you currently working on?

My portfolio - it's never good enough!

I've been spending some time lately just experimenting with digital painting techniques & doing some portrait work. I'm also working on another image, I rarely set out with a definite idea or theme for an image, something comes into my head & I let it evolve as I work.


What software/equipment do you use and why?

I currently use a G4 800MHz iMac & constantly dream of a G5! I also use a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet. All my work is done in Painter 7 & Photoshop 7, I love Painter for drawing but actually prefer to do most of my painting in PS. I'll be getting Adobe Illustrator too when I upgrade to Adobe CS & look forward to exploring the vector world!


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

That's a hard one, the answer keeps changing! If I had to choose I think ".cipher", it means a lot to me personally & is done in a style that I'm happiest with & feels right for me.


Who / what inspires you?

Such a hard question, there are so many answers. I'm inspired by almost anything and everything, I do draw on my own personal experience a lot but I'm always fascinated by the world around me, people, places, music...& Quantum physics thanks to my good friend Crrunchyfrog! I guess all the ravens we have here are a bit of an obvious one too!


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

Rosity has been my virtual home almost since I began with computer graphics, I don't think I would be where I am now without the support & friendship I have found here.

It's just such a wonderful place to share ideas, we all learn so much from each other. There are so many great artist here it's always an abundant source of inspiration & ideas.


Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

It's hard not to sound clichéd here...Strive for perfection but don't forget to have fun! Set your goals but don't be too constrained by them, enjoy the journey & do it because you love it.

Be open to learn from anything & anyone but just absorb what you can use & be true to yourself, art isn't about emulating styles or techniques or following rules it's about creating something meaningful for yourself.

Developing your own style & finding your own ways of doing things is an important part of being an artist but never stop experimenting & trying new things, it's an adventure that can take you anywhere you want to go!

Thanks again ;)
Bev


http://elusive.chaos-rules.com




Be sure to check out bevchiron's gallery!

Portrait image of bevchiron created by retorcity (Scott Kennedy).

Click on 'AOM 2003' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.
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Member Opinions:
By: borsy on 12/2/03
Congratulations, Bev on a well deserved honor of being Artist of the Month!!!!! I love viewing your excellent and very inspiring works of art!

By: Varian on 12/2/03
*Wow* Bev, *big congratulations*! Definitely deserved. Your work is always an inspiration to me. :)

By: crrunchyfrog on 12/3/03
Congratulations my dear friend on this most deserved honour *warmest hugs*. Your art is as much an inspiration as you are!!!!!

By: danob on 12/3/03
Having done it by our recent chat I must also do so in Public Bev Congraulations and well deserved!!

By: Tammy on 12/3/03
Congratulations this is well deserved and your work is excellent.

By: chucksiebuhr on 12/3/03
CONGRATULATIONS BEV! Not only do I LOVE your works, I have passed your name along to my friends so they can see your gifts as well.
You will always have MY vote !!! Happy Holidays,

By: Brendan on 12/3/03
Hey there Bev! Goood on yer! The true sign of your genius is the way you take pains over your images, often touching the sublime ( if not the ineffable ). Warmest regards to you.

By: gunsan on 12/4/03
Congratulation Bev,your work is so inspiring and so masterfully done, and you are such a wonderful person, so this AOM is so well deserved!!! Hugs!

By: Tanialmeida on 12/4/03
always inspiring ;0]

By: karanta on 12/5/03
Congrats :-) Well deserved :-)

By: beelzebulb on 12/6/03
I don't come here too often anymore but I am glad I did this time and even gladder I decided to check out the artist of the month which I rarely do(always feels almost contrived to me and I don't mean any offense so please don't anyone take issue with this statement). Whoa but thats the neverending sentence eh??
Anyway I want to say that a lot of your work I find disturbing which is my way of giving you a thumbs up as to provoke that feeling in people is what many of us at one time or another strive for. You do deserve the recognition of being Artist of the Month and I thank you for sharing your work with us.

By: cbender on 12/6/03
congratulations Bev - your art is really inspiring... i love it... :)

By: Moebius87 on 12/7/03
Well deserved congratulations, Bev! :o) — Möe

By: retrocity on 12/7/03
Congratulations Bev, the best part is i get to peek into the inner workings of your creative process!! I can't believe you've only gotten hooked up with CG in 2000, your style exhibits a skill of someone with many more years of effort.

Thanks for your inspiration,
Scott - (retrocity)

By: PunkClown on 12/12/03
Dear Bev, as usual I am late to the party! Congratulations ~ you are a truly inspiring artist. Like Scott, I feel very privileged to be able to view your artworks and glimpse your methods and techniques. I would also like to thank you, both personally and on behalf of all those whom you have guided and encouraged with their art in the 2D Graphics Forum, galleries and elsewhere on this site. We are very lucky you are a part of Renderosity!
*HUGS*
Cameron

By: ascrazy on 12/20/03
congratulations, always inspiring - thanks!

By: gallimel on 12/20/03
dear, I was so fearing I wouldn't have been capable to connect in time to CONGRATULATE you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) You know how happy I am and how much I do believe you deserve this.You're also back in coordinator role (I have got the news now) and so... keep makin the 2d community proud to have a pearl like you, showing everyone what real art is :)
you're a pure shining evidence art is not dead, nor deadly :)

By: linkinpark on 12/27/03
Most awesome work in your gallery,congratulations!!
Really well deserved.. ;-)
Keep doing great work..

LP

By: DoomsdayRenderer on 12/29/03
Congratulations once more... Let's hope all this exposure (there and in the magazines) will give you a large audience and lot of opportunities to do new things :)! You are a true artist!

By: abmlober on 1/2/04
My congrats, Bev. I admire your style and I am always looking forward viewing your creations!


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