June's Artist of the Month - SkoolDaze

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June's Artist of the Month - SkoolDaze
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(Renderosity: Who is SkoolDaze?)
My name is John Girouard and I was born in Belleville, New Jersey, but now reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am 38 years old and happily married. I am currently employed as a Senior Programmer/Analyst and work in the service industry. When I am not spending time with my sweetie ;) I enjoy listening to all types of music, doing furniture restoration, reading, surfing the web and creating digital music, art, animation.

I used to paint, draw and doodle as a child and was set to go to school for commercial art when I became a teenager, but life had a very different plan for me (as it so often does) and so it took almost 25 years before I started doing art again. I am so glad that I found this place (or it found me) and re-introduced me to one of my first loves.

(Renderosity: How long have you have you been rendering?)
A couple of years back I played with around with a friend's copy of Bryce and Poser 2. Tried to do a couple of images, but never really continued with it. I have also played with some other 3D demos, but again, I was not inspired to take it to the next level.

Then back in January of this year I stumbled across this site and was in awe of all the fantastic art and artists. The concept of an online community devoted to graphic artists intrigued me to no end. All of this amazing talent in one location was so inspiring I decided to purchased Poser, Bryce and Photoshop and learn everything I could about them. I was hooked. I started posting images and never looked back.

(Renderosity: What are you currently working on?)
My skills. Since I have been doing this on a steady basis for the last 5 months, I feel that I have only scratched the surface of what I want to do. I want to learn more about 2D computer drawing and composition, 3D modeling/creation, texturing, etc... There are so many talented artists here that make my jaw hit the floor every time I see their work. I aspire to one day be able to create images that are just a fraction of the quality I see here. I am currently working on some new textures, models and characters for Poser.

I am also working on, by request, several tutorials on hair and post processing techniques. I hope to have them done soon ;)

(Renderosity: What software do you use and why?)
Bryce, Poser and Photoshop and a bunch of shareware and freeware utilities. Why do I use them? I think they are fantastic tools. and besides, they are all I can really afford at this time ;)

I have been checking out some other higher-end 3D packages (3D Studio Max, Lightwave and Maya) and hope that one day I can afford them and use them in my work.

(Renderosity: Why do you like 3D art?)
I like 3D art mainly because of the flexibility and creative power of the medium. I love the ability to create an image or a scene, sit back, look at the end result, then go back to any point in the creation and take it in a new direction. It allows you to experiment and flex those artistic muscles in ways that are completely different than conventional art tools. Undo is one of my favorite features ;)

(Renderosity: What inspires you?)
The awesome images and creations of the artists at Renderosity are a never-ending source of inspiration for me. The characters, textures and models I use seem to have a part of their creator in them. When I start working with these model or textures, that part of their creator generally dictates the direction and tone of the image I am working on.

I am also inspired by everyday life! I know that sound so cliché, but it is true. When I am working on an image, there may be a part of someone I saw that day that ending up in it. It could be an expression, a smile, their hair, a mannerism, or just some little mundane detail that sticks with me.

(Renderosity: How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?)
The images I create reflect the combined efforts of many talented artists and modelers in this community. Much of what I do would not be possible without these gifted individuals (you know who you are!). Their knowledge, support and talent have allowed me to grow as an artist and to accomplish things that I honestly thought I could never do. It is these relationships I have formed with the people here at Renderosity that keeps me posting and coming back everyday :)

I viewed all the galleries of the artists who were nominated this month (as I do every month) and every one of them deserve to be recognized and honored for their amazing vision and outstanding work. I am honored to be voted AOM and I want to thank everyone here at Renderosity for his or her support and inspiration. Every person I have met here has been so kind and generous with me. This community is such an amazing place and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Thank you!

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Member Opinions:
By: trevor3000 on 6/5/01
congratulations John!

By: bonbon on 6/5/01
Congrats skool daze!!!! I love your work(as you know from all my comments,lol) A round of applause for u!!! Psst: thanks for saying what you said about us nominees.I'm so happy to just be on the darn list,lol =]
Happy rendering =]

By: henriqueaguiar on 6/5/01
Congratulations,mate!Nice to see u up here:)
Riko.

By: islandgraphics on 6/5/01
Congratulations John! Your work deserves it!

I, for one, am VERY happy to hear you are working on those tutorials. I really look forward to you sharing your tips and tricks. IMHO, it will help a lot of newbies.

I find it very interesting to see just how far you have come in five months. I have been at it for the same time and I am no way near your perfect skills. It is always a pleasure to open one of your renders. As always, thank you for sharing ;o)

Nathalie

By: GrayCloudDesign on 6/5/01
Congratulation SkoolDaze!!!

By: Mandie on 6/5/01
I just wanted to say a huge thank you ... for your works that are an inspiration and also for the words of encouragement you've posted on a couple of my pics. One more thing: Bring On The Tutorials !!!!! hehehe thanks :)

By: Syyd on 6/5/01
You go on John. You are a wonderful person, your art is a delight to view, and as kind and generous as you say everyone is with you, I think its you thats kind and generous. Thanks for all your help, with everything, and glad to have your friendship. Please say hello to your wife from us, she must be very proud of you as well. And of course, keep up the requisite great art. Your images are exquisite in their softness and beauty.

By: audre on 6/5/01
Good Job! Nicely written interview too - gracious even. So Congratulations! You've very cool images keep em coming! Hahahahaha Computer Dweebs rule! *chuckle*

By: ronmolina on 6/5/01
Congratulations John!

By: cake1 on 6/5/01
Why damn was i so sure you were a woman?????...

Anyway, congratulations, and as i have already told you before, i just can't wait to see how far and deep you'll go in 3d art...
Please, go on..
Cecile

By: Destiny on 6/5/01
Congratulations, John! A much deserved honor that you have more than earned. Your art is inspiring, and always leaves me feeling in awe.

By: Helen on 6/5/01
Congratulations. Your work is really great and this is a much deserved honour. :)

By: februus on 6/5/01
Great work, SkoolDaze! Congratulations! You're a master at combining lighting and mood to your portraits and a sincere achiever-way to go!

By: OpenMindDesign on 6/5/01
I love your work, has a lot of feeling in it.

By: Morris on 6/5/01
Congratulations! YEAH!!! I am so happy for you! You should see me smiling from ear to ear! Your artwork is always inspiring; you add such magic to the renders you create. Thank you for all your help, with everything; you have become a wonderful friend here at Renderosity. Sincerely, Jeni

By: Debbie M. on 6/5/01
YAY!!! {{FRIENDLY HUGS}}} CONGRATS John!!! I'm so very proud of you for getting this honor!! Your work deserves it!! and my dear, YOU are an inspiration to more of us than you realize.

By: castaneda on 6/5/01
Congratulations. You deserve it. Your pieces are inspiring and filled to the brim with heart, skill, and passion. And, as said already, can't wait for the tutorials.

By: dragongirl on 6/5/01
Since January of this year!!!!! Holy moly! Quick study, I'd say!

Many congratulations - on being happily married. Now THERE's an artform!

-dg

By: Papu on 6/6/01
You are an inspiration :) Thanks for everything!

By: AGOR on 6/6/01
Congratulations SkoolDaze and thanks!

By: dolly on 6/6/01
congratulations i hope you keep posting your work here as it is both inspiring and beautiful to the eye well done

By: lynde on 6/6/01
Congratulations, you've worked hard for it and defintely deserve to be recognized, your artwork has always been a great inspiration, I can't wait to see your tutorials..:)

By: picky on 6/6/01
Congratulations SkoolDaze!
Hard work pays of. You sure deserve the title!!!

By: Jan-Michael on 6/6/01
congrats .. :) and a very interesting interview...

By: Tammy on 6/6/01
Congratulations, I have admired your work in the galleries and look forward to those post processing tutorials, I think your postwork is the best.

By: carina on 6/7/01
Congratulations! Glad to see you made AOM. And I´m so looking forward to those tutorials.

By: SkoolDaze on 6/7/01
I am overwhelmed... thanks so much for you encouragement and friendship, it is very much appreciated! John

By: nikitacreed on 6/7/01
Congratulations John!:o)

By: Jconder on 6/7/01
Congratulations, you do some of the most beautiful work I've ever seen.

By: emorin on 6/7/01
To a very sincere and gentle spirit, Congratulations.

By: Giana on 6/7/01
I'm so happy for you, John! Congratulations! You've only been at this for 5 months? That bit of info simply blows my mind. I wandered through your gallery again earlier today, found myself wondering about what part of the learning curve was the most challenging for you.. You really do seem to have an incredible innate talent that's apparent even in your earlier pieces, such as "Connie" and "Bedroom Eyes", especially in your use of lighting and creating a tone/mood. Keep on posting! Such a pleasure to view.. :)

By: polartech on 6/8/01
Good to see you recognised in this way John! Many congratualtions mate ;-)

By: goldenodyssey on 6/8/01
Ho'omaika'i 'ana Keoni (Congratulations John);-)

By: Tamela.J. on 6/8/01
Congratulations John. I truly enjoy your art that you bring to renderosity!! Tamela

By: Lynne on 6/8/01
I love to hear about the lives of the people behind the names... it is always inspiring. It is nice to find a place with so many like minds. Keep up the great work!

By: denno1 on 6/9/01
well done you must be feeling pretty proud congrats to a great person

By: kaiservr on 6/9/01
Congrats !!!!!

By: frogman on 6/9/01
Congratulations..!!it's incredible to see how far you have come since your original first few pages in the galleries...Your work is so impressive, soft, thoughtful, skilled, moody, refined and tasteful...I have viewed your images often but never left a comment, although I have appreciated your wonderful talent and expression.....You are truly an inspiration....We are glad that your are here.............James

By: Ecstasy on 6/11/01
wow im glad to put a face to the art,,,,
thank you for sharing this with us you are greatly appreciated........

By: enouveaux on 6/12/01
I cannot possibly imagine a more deseved recognition here for so many fine, wonderful works of art. Your not only an inspiration to many, but a teacher to us all.
Your work is exceptional and overwhelmed only by your sincere and charming modesty and your generosity in helping and praising others for their fine work as well.

By: LadyLight on 6/12/01
Congratulations SD!! A really great interview by a particularly talented artist.. thanks and keep up the great work!

By: Vethril on 6/14/01
Evening John. Ack! 5 months? LOL! *Seems like five years for me!* I love your work, and your humor. The young posers look to those like you for guidance and inspiration. And so do some of us "older" posers too. *grin* Keep on inspiring and living your dream! *hugs* =P

By: zerosu-san on 6/15/01
Wow! Congrats man! Your work is truly deserving of the honor and commemaration you've been given!! Two Thumbs up!! - Lad

By: RadArt on 6/18/01
What is my opinion? This artistic talent is a rarity beyond compare, the kind of artist that would be the "highlight" attraction to an Art Museum or Art Gallery in realtime that would make folks come from all around to see the rest of the work because, yes, SkoolDaze was there!
Well done, you have earned that title of "master" in your craft, you are a star showpiece and you deserve that honor tenfold ;-)

By: Ayre on 6/19/01
Well, I realize I am way late on this comment, but I was out of the country. There is NO ONE and I mean NO ONE who can present a woman in his/her art the way you do... It's such a distinctive, beautiful, individual style. Congratulations on this... Thank you for Toni!!! And I wait with baited breath for the next creation. Outstanding... Richly deserved honour!

By: rodpanther on 6/21/01
Congratulations on your award and wish you futher success in the future :)
Thank you for your kind words on my art too, it so does inspire me to better things.

Happy rendering and keep smiling

By: SkoolDaze on 6/21/01
Again, I am overwhelmed by the response. Thank you all for your support and kind words. John

By: jmahoney on 6/24/01
Being new to this community, I started looking through your work, and WOW! just doesn't seem to cover it. Congratulations! Your work is indeed deserving of the highest honor. I can't wait to see more.

By: TT on 6/25/01
Congrats, much deserved honour, I have enjoy all You works. :)

By: desdemona on 6/25/01
Big big big Congratulation John! I finally found some time to read Your great interview. I wish You all the best :)
:::DES:::

By: Seven Wolves on 6/25/01
Awesome art, just awesome. Congrats on AOM status - at least I got this in before June was out! Looking forward to any tutorials you come out with, nobody does hair like you man!

By: LisaB on 6/25/01
Well, my sentiments are better late then never, I guess :) Congratulations on AOM, John. You do such fantastic work now that I can't wait to see where you're going. Wonderful interview, too! ;)

By: BrianR on 6/26/01
Congratulations John!! It's people like you that keep me coming back here daily, whenever I post something new I can be pretty sure to receive an e mail to tell be you've posted a comment. I'm a big fan of your work & look forward to seeing more in the future. Contrats again!!

Brian

By: Teyon on 7/1/01
Perhaps I'll get the last word, eh? :> You've done great work, the women seem to leap right off the page. It's nice to know that someone out there knows how to do this stuff right! Now, about those tutorials....


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