Who is 'Yoro'?
Yoro is named Maria in the real world. I'm 41 years old and live in Munich, Germany. Together with my husband we've got a little company: He's an engineer and I'm a designer.
We travel a lot around in the world, I'm especially fond of Japan and the Japanese culture (that's where my nickname comes from: Yoro = yorokonde, this is pretty much the same as 'with joy').
When I'm not occupied with rendering or business - or have to waste my time with keeping the household, I play chess (a bit out of practise), read a lot and sometimes write stories. I love sci-fi, fantasy and magical things but I'm also very interested in physics, astronomy and philosophy. And not to forget I'm a great fan of the Myst-games. It's a pity that a day got only 24 hours!How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?
I don't remember exactly but it must have been around 2000. I incidentally stumbled above a Bryce-picture in the net and was hooked. Badly. I've never heard about any 3d-art before, but in this very moment I knew: I have to have this program!
So I started with Bryce and the adventure began.Do you have traditional art experience?
No, absolutely not! My mother is an excellent painter with oil and canvas but unfortunately I didn't inherit skills of this kind.What are you currently working on?
Currently I'm doing my first steps with ZBrush and try to get used to its unusual interface. My dream is to create one day my own dragons and mystical creatures but I think this will need a pretty lot of time till I'll be that much of an expert. Anyway, I'm not in a hurry :).
And of course I'm waiting eagerly for the new Bryce-version!What software/equipment do you use and why?
Mainly I use Bryce, I love it and it's the program I started my render-career with. Then I still use Poser every time I need a living creature. My trees are mostly modelled with Onyxtree and for postwork I take Photoshop or Photoimpact.
I also tried out other progs like Vue or Cinema but I couldn't manage to acquaint myself with them. Once a Brycer, always a Brycer, even if you sometimes use some stuff coming from other programs.What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I really can't say, judging this question is up to others. But every time I finish a new picture I consider it the best I've ever done and I'm over the moon about my new masterpiece. Three or five days later (it depends *g*) I think, ok, quite nice but really nothing that blows my socks off.
Later I see hundreds of details which could need improvement but normally I prefer to create something new rather than struggling with an update. I always try to make it better the next time - and always make some new mistakes. The choice is big enough after all ;-).Why do you like to work with 3D software?
3D software is for me an answered prayer, I love creating pictures but, as already mentioned, I can't draw or paint. Every project I begin is a new adventure and a 3D program allows me to visualise my fantasy. It's always a marvellous feeling to play like a god and create things or scenes which can't be true in reality. But real or not - who cares, here I'm the boss and can do everything I like. 3D is a thing which occupies you a lifelong and it never will become boring!Who/what inspires you?
This is easy to answer: Nearly everything I see, hear, read, feel or dream of. It can be a book, a movie or a situation, a song which awakes a special mood or the work of other artists. Inspiration is everywhere; you only have to listen when it speaks to you.How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
This community enhanced my work in a considerable way. I remember the first time I entered Renderosity and saw me confronted with really breathtaking work. I realised that here I found the real masters, incredible; it can't be true what others are able to make with such a program. So I got a first impression how much I still have to learn - and this feeling is lasting until today.
Thanks to 'Rosity my ambition awoke: If others were able to learn this, I could at least try it and maybe I'll succeed.
I also remember the first time one of my pictures managed to make it into the hot 20 - god, what a proud moment. And today I'm sitting in front of my monitor, trying to realise that it's actually me who won the title of the AOM.
This community has helped me to take the step from the beginner to an advanced level, for becoming a real master I still have a long way to go.
At least I met here a lot of really nice people, some of them I call friends today.Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?
First of all I'd like to say thank you, not only for your votes but also for your help and your support every time I got a problem with a picture. You're really great!
Now you're asking for advice? I would say, never get discouraged! Even the really best of us have once started with a waterplane and a floating sphere above it. And always keep on improving your skills, somebody who stops becoming better will stop being good.
Cheers, hugs & a lot of thanks
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