May 2005 AOM - Rykk

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist of the Month — May’s AOM is Fractal artist, Rykk. We congratulate Rykk for his outstanding collection of Fractal images.



Who is Rykk and how did you come by your username?

First, let me say a VERY BIG “thank you” to everyone who voted and selected me for Renderosity’s Artist for the Month for May. I'm honored and humbled by this distinction you've all bestowed on me. ALL of the fractal artists nominated this year are truly world-class artists, and I'm honored to have been considered among them. Also thanks to Renderosity for providing such an awesome venue to show our art to the world.

I'm Rick(Richard) Spix and my username is just a more "edgy" looking spelling of my first name. I saw all the cool usernames when I came here and had to come up with one too. My other choice was "anoyzendusters", which is how I typically order "a dozen oysters" after about the 3rd pitcher of beer [laughter].

How long have you have you been creating computer graphics?

I first got into computer graphics WAY back in 1995-96. I started with a freeware fractal generator called "Winfract". I've done compositional fractal art on and off for brief periods since then. This period of making digital art started in Jan 2003 and has been my longest stint by far, owing mostly to the exposure and encouragement I've received here at Rendo.

Do you have traditional art experience?

None really, other than a couple of years of art classes in junior high school and engineering drawing in high school. I was always into art, but got caught up in music in high school and for years after, that is once I got good enough on the guitar to play more than "Smoke on the Water" (more laughter). In the 80's, I played in bar bands up and down the east coast of Florida. Thank goodness for fractals - I'd look REALLY bad in spandex and high-top sneakers, these days!

What are you currently working on?

Mostly, I'm working on trying to create fractal images that would print well on canvas. Trying to use textures to give a painted look. In September, I am going to be showing my work in this year's DragonCon Art Show in Atlanta. It will be my first venture into that type of thing and I'm hoping to do well. I also want to start doing a booth at art shows in my general vicinity by this fall or next spring.

I have a few other ongoing projects that I work on when the inspiration hits. Some more scenes from Lord Of The Rings: Mordor, The Shire, The Pool of Ithlien, and The Ramparts of Osgiliath. I have to be in just the right mood to work on anything like that. Especially the Osgiliath scene because it has well over 200 layers so far (just one building is 90 layers) and images like that really tax your rig to its limits and the going is VERY slow waiting for any changes/additions to render.

I'm also working on using brighter colors for more traditionally "fractal" images such as the ones that one sees in the Fractal Universe Calendar. I use many earth tones in my work but one of my many areas for improvement is in the use and control of brighter, more saturated colorings.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I use a Dell 2.53GHz PC, with 1gb of RAM. Why? Because that's what I could afford (laughter). For my images, I use Ultrafractal 3 and the freeware "flame fractal" generator, Apophysis 2.02c. Ultrafractal is my main tool because it offers the most versatility and control of colors and shapes of any of the available programs at this time. It has built into it many of the graphics editing tools and functions of high-end editors like Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro so you can do everything from a single platform.

Actually, sizing and rotating of layers in UF is a lot easier than even Photoshop, and you can use the Apophysis plugin to export flames to UF and make layered compositions with them that can also include "straight" fractal layers, as well. The background of the flames can be made transparent merely by pulling a slider control, and UF is capable of most of the useful layer merging modes found in PS and PSP.

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

Soul Seed

From a purely abstract standpoint, I'd say maybe "Moorings" is one of the best. I like "Soul-Seed" because I was able to tell the complete Easter story with it and I also think "Lionfish" is nice because of the colors and depth I achieved with it and also "Twenty Thousand Leagues" for the undersea vibe. Out of those, I'd say "Soul-Seed" is the best.

~~~~~~~Lionfish~~~~~~~~~ Moorings~~~~~Twenty Thousand Leagues

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

I like it because of the release it gives me from day-to-day stress. And for the outlet for creativity it affords. When I get into that certain "groove", everything else just goes away and I become totally immersed in what I'm trying to do — sometimes for days at a time. (at least after work — I still haven't gotten my dream job of "Head Lottery Winner"). I'm a big first person shooter PC game nut, too, and I love the artwork in those games, which is so much like what I see in the Bryce and some other galleries here — cool stuff! I tried to emulate that style of image using only fractals in one of my images called "The Depths of Orthanc".

Who/what inspires you?

I am, and have been for years, inspired by the Ultrafractal artwork of Keith Mackay (Deagol) and Toby Marshall (kymarto) for the colors they use. Linda Allison (gumbycat) and Jackie L (lulu18) for their wonderful shapes, textures and pastels. Bruno Contant (fractalexpo) for the very cool abstract vibe of his work.

For Apophysis flames, I find much inspiration in the compositions made by Matt (Criminally Insane/Midday Crisis, and the nifty shapes crafted by Gudrun Ostermeier (skyeX) and Carol Saenz (CarolSassy). The unbelievable substance and rendering of works by Mike Polinchak (melancon), and the utterly cool unscripted flames made by my wife, Joanne, or Joie, as I've nicknamed her (gargoyle84 and the BEST half of PairOfPyros!). I'm also inspired and awed by the Xenodream fractal work of Joseph Pressley (joefraq), Dirk Monteny (Urchin1996), and Bryan Smith (smithgiant).

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

I've found Renderosity to be just plain awesome as far as having a very well trafficked venue to display my art, and also for the encouragement and advice/tips I've received from many of the artists here. The exposure I received here has directly led to my invitation and acceptance into this year's DragonCon show, and a feature article on me in the May edition of Contour magazine. The friendly community vibe of this site has given me the positive attitude and confidence to continue to grow in my chosen art form.

Parting comments or advice to other Artists?

Just to “keep on keepin' on” with your art, and always look to learn something new and improve. Don't be daunted by the learning curve in some of the more complex programs — I'm not exactly the "brightest gradient in the folder," but even I eventually figured out at least SOME things.



We invite you to view Rykk's Renderosity Gallery. To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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Member Opinions:
By: vshane on 4/25/05

By: Longrider on 4/25/05
Fully deserved Rykk,rock on man and congrats.

By: locomouse on 4/25/05
Congratulations, Rick!! You surely deserve the title and the spotlight! Your artwork is always inspiring and a real pleasure to gaze at. High fives and way-to-go hugs to you!! :)

By: KITCHAOS on 4/25/05

By: DreamersWish on 4/25/05
All artists listed were outstanding in their personal style of fractals and deserved to be chosen, but as only one can be AOM I congratulate Rykk on being AOM for the month of May. He is a find person and artist. I hope all will take a look at this gallery!

By: karanta on 4/25/05
What a wonderful gallery! Congratulations :)

By: laetia on 4/25/05
Congrats! Well deserved! You've got some absolutely stunning pieces in your gallery! :)

By: fractalinda on 4/25/05
!!Congratulations, Rick!! A well-deserved accolade for a super nice guy and a fabulous artist!

By: Ilenora on 4/25/05
Congratulations! I think Rykk deserved to be this months AOM! He's a great artist with a beautiful gallery!

By: digitell on 4/25/05
Congradulations!! You deserve this award so very much!! Your work is certainly top notch stuff!!! I am so happy for you!!! :) Big Hugs!!

By: DreamWarrior on 4/25/05
Congrats, Rykk! A very well deserved honor!

By: kennyliu on 4/26/05
Congratulation, Rick! Well deserved!

By: undisclosed-designer on 4/26/05
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!!!!! a well deserved award *smile*

By: Redshift on 4/26/05
Congrats Rick, I'm sounding like an echo maybe, but it's true, you fully deserved this title, you're not only a great artist, who's an inspiration for all of us, but on top of that you're a really nice person, keep on inspiring us with your excellent stUFf...

By: CarolSassy on 4/26/05
YEAAAAAAAAA (((((((((Rick!!!!)))))))) Congrats!

By: Stephi on 4/26/05
Congratulations, Rick! I am very happy for you! Your art is so beautiful and inspiring!

By: ulliroyal on 4/26/05
Congrats! Well deserved! You know how to make miracles out of fractals!

By: tony_br22 on 4/26/05
Congratulations my friend, wonderful to see you chosen for aom here.. your work is amazing :-)

By: spiegel428 on 4/26/05
Congratulations, Rykk!

By: logiloglu on 4/26/05
Congrats,Rick ! well deserved honour. i love your fantastic fractal art. !!!!!!!! #:O) !!!!!!!!!

By: Anjour on 4/26/05
Congrats, very well deserved honor...:o)

By: kansas on 4/26/05
Congratulations, Rykk!

By: psion005 on 4/26/05
Congrats Rykk :)........... a most deserved win....

By: AnnaKirsten on 4/27/05
Well done Rykk! Your work is full of originality, with not only excellent fractal work, but also with imagery and design that's outstanding. Looking forward to "The Interview"!!!

By: Layla-Rose on 4/27/05
WTG Rick ! Very well deserved, your work is always amazing :)

By: miwi on 4/27/05
Du hast es verdient mein Freund für deine wudervollen Images !!!!!!!

By: abmlober on 4/27/05
Rick, my congrats!

By: eres on 4/27/05
Congrats Rick!!! You deserve this award!!!!

By: missouri on 4/27/05
They got it right!!! Your work has always been an inspiration and a delight to me, as is your humble self. Rock on Rick!!!

By: Asylumc3 on 4/27/05
Congratulations Rykk!!!! As everyone has already said, this is very well deserved :). Your such an amazing artist and so helpful to everyone. Can't wait for the interview!

By: taurus66 on 4/28/05
my congrats rick! it's the honor you deserve. your work gives direction to the fractal gallery, since i'm part of this community.

By: alberto673 on 4/28/05
Congratulations!!!!!!, Rick, for this award and for all your artistic works. We DO want more of them. ;O)). Thank you for sharing them with us.!!!

By: RodolfoCiminelli on 4/28/05
Congratulations my friend Rick, this it is a recognition and a deserve award to their wonderful and constant work!!!

By: Rumple2 on 4/29/05
Hi Rick :)) Big congratulation ! How are you ?

By: Pontigary on 4/29/05
Cograts! Your vision, talent and skills really deserve the highest award! Thank You for sharing Your masterpieces with us and for being not only an outstanding Artist but a very generous person!

By: gradient on 4/29/05
Congrats Rick!!! Truly a well deserved recognition. I have admired your images since I started posting here...thanks for sharing them with us!

By: kinggoran on 4/30/05
Heads off for you, Rykk. Congratulations!

By: invidiosa on 4/30/05
wonderful news Rick - hope this inspires you to follow your heart this fall!

By: KimberlyC on 4/30/05
Congrats!..Very well deserved! :)

By: kymarto on 5/1/05
Good to see your lovely work recognized.

By: Shardz on 5/1/05
Congratulations on this fine honor, Rick! Your artwork is simply superb and to be recognized for your wonderful efforts by your peers with this award is certainly warranted, and must be a great feeling! Your gallery is filled with stunning visualizations and creativeness which comes deep from the soul. May we all enjoy your artistry for years to come! Thank you for your brilliant work!

By: miwi on 5/1/05
Well deserved recognition my fried !!!!!!!

By: CarolSassy on 5/1/05
I didn't know all that!!!!!! I just found this cool article! Congrats again Rick. You deserve it! (:

By: fx7 on 5/1/05
Thoroughly deserved: Rick has been one of my
inspirations for excellence...

By: ligt on 5/1/05
congrats, and there is so much to learn from your splendid work

By: pinktwister on 5/1/05
Congratulations Rykk!! You are an inspiration for so many of us; your work is awesome and masterful! Keep up the great work, and thanks for all the support that you offer the rest of us. :)

By: Anjour on 5/1/05
Congratulations,well deserved award for a fabulous artist...:o)

By: tradivoro on 5/1/05
Congratulations, you do brilliant work with your abstracts... Definitely inspiring... :)

By: gargoyle84 on 5/1/05
Congratulations, Rick! This is so awesome, and I'm so proud of you! I appreciate it that others recognize your talent, too! Your work is wonderful and I'm always in awe watching as you create each picture!!! Keep on creating!

By: Angelwave on 5/1/05
A true artist, born from the dept of yearning to express. Congrats Rick, and it's an honor when you arrive on my page of expression......thanks for sharing with us and the best of luck (like luck it apart of your talent, lol) in your up coming art shows....sell well my friend !

By: Foxseelady on 5/1/05
Wow I checked out your art; fantastic!!!! I didn't even know that one could do that with fractals!

By: herbstliebe on 5/2/05
congrats rick, your gallery is awesome.

By: LorienDream on 5/2/05
Very cool, I'm glad to know something about you! :-)

By: DonnaB on 5/2/05
Very deserving recognition! Congrats, Rick!

By: Syyd on 5/2/05
Somebody said I didn't know we could do this with fractals, and you certainly are an encouragement, your vision is fantastic, the work even more so. Congrats!

By: lkmitch on 5/2/05
Congratulations, Rykk! Well done.

By: Seadreamer on 5/2/05
RYKK!! Congrats!! You know I'm a huge fan of your work, and it's so wonderful to see you getting the recognition you deserve. You talk about the "greats" of the fractal world, but IMO YOU are right up there with those names you mention. Again, congratulations on an honor long overdue! *hugs*

By: joefraq on 5/2/05
You certainly deserve this, Rick. A true great in fractal art you are. DragonCon will surely win you a prize. :) Keep up the AWESOME work my friend.

By: ms-3Dstudio on 5/2/05
My congratulations with the best regards, Mike.

By: tresamie on 5/2/05
Congratulations on this award and also on the DragonCon and Contour! This is all so awesome :) You deserve it all. :)

By: AlteredKitty on 5/3/05
Congratulations! Your fractals are so wonderfully original and lovely :) ________ali

By: luminosa on 5/3/05
He is a big artist, but at first a wonderful person.

By: Myako on 5/3/05
Congratulations Rykk your fractals are excellent done and very unique^^

By: blacq_nyght_vampyre on 5/3/05
CONGRATS!!! I love your work!!! amazing.

By: gonedigital on 5/4/05
Congratulations & WOW! After a brief look at your gallery, which is totally mindblowing by the way, I can say that you totally deserve this... Breathtaking is only one way to describe your art but I could go on for days.

By: CavalierLady on 5/4/05
Rick, you are one of the most unique and innovative artists here, and I offer you HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!! This is a very deserving award for one helluva nice guy!! Your art inspires everyone and your exuberance and friendliness make it a pleasure to share this corner of the digital world with you. Good luck and Dragon Con and kudos to you!!

By: Darkangel764 on 5/5/05
Way to go Rick, you deserve it!!!!

By: fayrelady on 5/5/05
Great Stuff and absolutely totally deserved. All the best for your upsoming projects

By: jcruz on 5/5/05
Rick, congrats, hugs for you.

By: kimariehere on 5/7/05
congrads!! i adore your work and immagination!!! yep you are so derseving! ... awesome gallery just lookd thru it again i sit here in a trance...and think u ROCK!!!!

By: Cyble13 on 5/8/05
Yay for Rykk!!! *claps*

By: Kathye on 5/9/05
Congratulations Rykk and I loved getting to read a bit more of the hows, whys and whos in your interview. :)

By: adia on 5/9/05
congrats for you! Rykk
you really deserve all the vote here as the great artist of creativity

By: GOLDILOCKSUK on 5/9/05
I have been on Renderosity for 11 months. Rykk's work I always say has a touch of class and is very unique. I am so happy for you and it is very well deserved :)

By: Zemela on 5/10/05
Congratulations Rick, you truly deserve the nomination, I am so glad and proud of you!Hugs,Lisa

By: jandunne on 5/10/05
Congratulations! It couldn't happen to a nicer guy

By: estevez on 5/11/05
Hello fried. It would like congratulates it for the excellent work of carried through art. With certainty this is given with all merit to its talent.

By: Faewind on 5/14/05
Oh YAY! Well deserved!

By: shortgrey on 5/15/05
Hi Richard, your Work is stunning...
Thanx for sharing and congratulations Rikk!

By: soulofharmony on 5/18/05
congrat's on being artist of the month from your gallery so well deserved.. awesome ..:).. Nikki

By: oooZENOooo on 5/20/05
The warmest of congratulations Rykk, you really deserve this.



By: SoulSearcherr on 5/24/05
congratulations..your gallery is just awesome..*S*

By: vbarreto on 5/24/05
Well deserved. Your art is a beautiful inspiration!!

By: Sophies on 5/25/05
Wonderful and many congratulations Rick.very well deserved.

By: aramina on 5/26/05
congratulations rick, well deserved, and thank you too for all the encouragement you give to other artists on the site ~ peace and bright blessings, aramina

By: TwoPynts on 5/26/05
A well deserved honor. I've been a silent fan of your delicate, otherworldly images for some time now.

By: Omotou on 5/27/05
Your gallery is a great place for inspiration! Congratulations! And "keep on keeping on" :-)

By: el_shadow on 5/31/05
Great Gallery, Rykk and congratulations for the award. You really deserve it ;)

By: voske on 5/31/05
*claps*Congratulations,well deserved!!!!!*claps*

By: FreedomOfExpression on 5/31/05
WOOT! A Fractal AOM!!!! Awsome dude! They picked probably the best one too, some darn impressive work there! Congrats man!

By: Arbelain on 5/31/05
Didnt repair till now in your virtuosity; so, excusses, Excellentibus Masterfractaler Rykk.

By: 1thunder on 6/18/05
Hey, Rick!! I simply must add my most sincere Congratulations to you!!!! :D You are an amazingly talented is very well deserved! Congrats to you!!~Angie

By: mariak on 6/20/05
You certainly deserve it!
Keep up the wonderful work!

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